After 1 week of release, SEVENTEEN’s new album has earned outstanding achievements in both Korea and Japan.
Recently, SEVENTEEN made a comeback with their 7th mini album “Heng:garæ” with the title track “Left & Right” after 9 months since the 3rd full album “An Ode”. After the first week of promotion, Pledis Entertainment’s boy group achieved an impressive physical album sales record.
On Hanteo, “Heng:garæ” sold 1,097,891 copies after 7 days of release. This is the second-best achievement in 2020 after “MAP OF THE SOUL: 7” (3,378,633 copies sold). SEVENTEEN also became the 2nd artist after BTS to reach 1 million copies in the first week of release on this chart.
Before that, there were three other boy groups, EXO, Wanna One, and NCT, who achieved 1 million copies sold in Korea. However, they made that achievement on Gaon, not Hanteo, and most of them had to combine sales of the repackage albums to surpass this number.
In Japan, “Heng:garæ” was announced by Oricon to have sold over 101,000 copies in the week from June 22 to June 28. This is SEVENTEEN’s third album to take first place on this weekly album chart after “You Made My Dawn” (January 2019) and “An Ode” (September 2019).
This achievement helped SEVENTEEN become the 3rd foreign male artist after Simon & Garfunkel (1971) and Bay City Rollers (1977) topped the chart with three consecutive albums. This is an outstanding record in Japan that no one has achieved during the past 43 years, even a big Kpop representative like BTS.
Next week, SEVENTEEN will continue to promote their new song on weekly music shows in Korea and they are expected to have intense competition with BLACKPINK and IZ*ONE to win the trophy.
Sources: k14, twt