Blackpink Follows NCT 127 And Monsta X As The Third Korean Group To Land Their First U.S. Top 10 Album In 2020

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INDIO, CALIF. — FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019: BLACKPINK on the Sahara stage at the Coachella Valley … [+] Music and Arts Festival on the Empire Polo Club grounds in Indio, Calif., on April 12, 2019. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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Blackpink debut their first full-length The Album at No. 2 on this week’s Billboard 200, instantly landing one of the greatest successes among South Korean musicians in U.S. history. The title opens in second place with well over 100,000 equivalent units, a hefty sum for even the biggest names in the industry, and one that would normally be enough to give them control over the tally, though a surprise release by hip-hop musicians Metro Boomin and 21 Savage ended up winning this frame.

The Album is Blackpink’s first top 10 title on the Billboard 200, and with their first win, the quartet joins a growing list of artists from South Korea who have broken into the most competitive area on the lengthy tally for the first time this year.

So far in 2020, three vocal bands from South Korea have landed their debut placement inside the Billboard 200’s top 10, increasing the number of acts from the nation who have ever appeared in the tier significantly.

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South Korean boy band Monsta X became the first group from the country to collect their debut top 10 on the Billboard 200 in 2020 back in February, when their latest offering All About Luv entered the race at No. 5. The set, their first to be performed in English, is their only release to reach the chart at all.

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Just one month later, Monsta X were joined in this specific feat by fellow South Korean artists NCT 127, who also landed their initial top 10 on the Billboard 200 with a new drop, though they had reached the chart before. The prolific outfit’s Neo Zone also opened at No. 5, making them the second name from the Asian territory to break into the loftiest arena on the all-genre ranking for the first time in 2020.

Before 2020, NCT 127 had appeared on the Billboard 200 twice, with 2019’s We Are Superhuman narrowly missing out on the honor, as it peaked at No. 11. 2018’s Regular-Irregular brought them to the chart for the first time, and it stalled at No. 86.

Blackpink’s The Album is also their third release to place on the Billboard 200, and all of them have managed to become top 40 successes. In 2018, the Square Up EP lifted to No. 40, and last year’s Kill This Love EP rose even higher, landing at No. 24.

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