In only about a year, TWICE has gone from the relatively rare South Korean musical act that’s able to appear on a handful of Billboard charts with a new release to one of the bestselling groups from that part of the world when looking at the American rankings. The nine-member vocal band’s new release Taste Of Love blasted onto both the Billboard 200 and its component chart, the Top Album Sales list (which looks only at pure purchases, both digital and physical), last week, standing out as one of the most successful launches of the frame.
By reaching new highs and landing another win, TWICE did what few before them have, and it was a huge week for the group.
Here are four ways TWICE made history on BIllboard’s Top Album Sales chart last week with their latest release Taste Of Love.
Second South Korean Girl Group To Hit No. 1
Taste Of Love wasn’t just a hit album, it was the bestselling title in the U.S. last week, arriving with 43,000 copies sold. That was enough for the project to open in first place on the Top Album Sales ranking, instantly becoming their debut leader and the second-ever No. 1 among girl groups from South Korea. Last year, Blackpink became the first all-female vocal troupe from the Asian nation to rule, as their first full-length The Album went all the way to the top.
Third Album By A South Korean Girl Group To Reach The Top 10
Looking at only those releases by girl groups from South Korea, just three titles have sold well enough to reach the top 10 on the Top Album Sales chart. In addition to TWICE’s Taste Of Love and the aforementioned The Album, Blackpink’s Kill This Love rose all the way to No. 10 back in 2019.
Tenth South Korean Group To Enter The Top 10
When Taste Of Love debuted at No. 1, TWICE officially became the tenth South Korean group to chart a top 10 album on the Top Album Sales ranking. In doing so, they joined the following bands hailing from their home country: BTS, Blackpink, Tomorrow X Together, SuperM, NCT 127, NCT, Monsta X, Enhypen and EXO.
Fifth-Most Placements Among South Korean Artists
Taste of Love may have been TWICE’s first top 10 and No. 1, but it didn’t mark their first trip to the Top Album Sales chart. In fact, the new project was their third to find space on the 100-rung tally, and that fact puts them in a relatively exclusive club of acts from South Korea that have managed to send at least a trio of titles to the ranking.
BTS lead the way with 10 charting efforts. Tomorrow X Together comes next, as half a dozen of their efforts have placed on the Top Album Sales list. EXO and Got7 are tied with one another for the third-most wins, with five apiece. TWICE is now on the same level as fellow beloved South Korean artists Blackpink, Monsta X and NCT 127, all of whom have also pushed three different releases to the roster.