K-pop stage-breakers score highest Billboard 200 debut with 4th LP Face the Sun
Joining BTS as the only K-pop artist to sell 2M+ units in the first week of release
SEOUL – June 13, 2022 – K-pop stage-breakers SEVENTEEN have scored their highest Billboard 200 debut at No.7 with their 4th studio album Face the Sun.
Face the Sun marks SEVENTEEN’s third entry into the chart and the first album to land Top 10. Indicative of a continued upward trajectory, their last two releases—Your Choice and Attacca—charted at No.15 and No.13 respectively.
SEVENTEEN also reached a new milestone in K-pop with Face the Sun, becoming the second artist in K-pop history to rack up over 2M sales in the first week of release following BTS. With 2.06M units sold, it was the largest first-week sales for any album released in Korea to date in 2022.
Led by the hip-hop-based track “HOT,” Face the Sun reflects the act’s candid ruminations on their fears and aspirations in reaching new heights.
As they continue to rise above limits, the performance powerhouse will kick off their world tour ‘SEVENTEEN WORLD TOUR [BE THE SUN]’ in Seoul on June 25, followed by shows in 12 North American cities. More shows are expected to be added to the list, including cities in Asia and a Japan Dome Tour.
Racking up 2 billion streams and selling 10 million albums, SEVENTEEN—comprised of S.COUPS, JEONGHAN, JOSHUA, JUN, HOSHI, WONWOO, WOOZI, THE 8, MINGYU, DK, SEUNGKWAN, VERNON and DINO—has rocketed to the forefront of the music scene fueled by a fiercely independent spirit and a nonpareil in-house creative ecosystem. The group’s innovative structure hinges on the interplay of three units: hip-hop, vocal, and performance.
Living up to the title of “K-pop Stage-breakers,” SEVENTEEN has unassumingly made history and become one of the biggest groups ever due to their world-class synchronization, jaw-dropping choreography, and tight teamwork. Moving at an unparalleled pace, the K-pop stage-breakers made their U.S. television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden in January 2021 and followed it with unforgettable performances on The Kelly Clarkson Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and MTV’s Fresh Out Live.
SEVENTEEN’s 9th EP Attacca debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart and No. 13 on the Billboard 200. It sold over 1.3 million copies in the first week of release, earning the K-pop superstars the “quintuple million-seller” title as it joins their last four consecutive releases—An Ode, Heng:garæ and ; [Semicolon], Your Choice—in selling over 1 million copies each.
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