K-pop all-star group SuperM’s first EP, The 1st Mini Album ‘SuperM’ has debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.
The group has become the first debut K-pop artist to launch at No.1 in the US.
Selling 168,000 equivalent album units in the first week of release, SuperM has also set the record for biggest-ever debut sales by a K-pop artist in the US.
Their five-track EP was released as a joint venture (announced in August) between SM Entertainment, Korea’s largest entertainment company, and Capitol Music Group (CMG) with distribution via Caroline.
Drawn from some of the most popular K-pop acts in the world, SuperM’s seven members are Taemin from SHINee, EXO’s Baekhyun and Kai, NCT 127’s Taeyong and Mark, and Ten and Lucas of Chinese band WayV.
The massive launch began on the eve of the EP’s release on October 4, with the global livestream of the band’s Premiere Event at Capitol Studios, where they unveiled their first single and video, Jopping.
The video (below) racked up over 25 million views in its first week of release.
On Saturday, October 5, Vine Street was closed to traffic to accommodate the crowd at the SuperM Village, presented by Capitol Records outside its landmark Hollywood Tower headquarters.
The festivities culminated with SuperM’s first-ever live performance, which was viewed via global livestream by more than two million fans.
Enormous crowds turned out for the group’s three Los Angeles in-store appearances in the days that followed.
“We are happy that our new challenge achieved such great results, and we would like the thank everyone who believed in us and supported us.”
SuperM said: “We are so happy that we ranked No.1 on the Billboard 200. It’s like a dream come true.
“We are happy that our new challenge achieved such great results, and we would like the thank everyone who believed in us and supported us. We will work hard to show our super synergy and do our best throughout our activities.”
“I am very happy to partner with Steve Barnett and CMG and I look forward to the greater things we will do together.”
Producer Soo-man Lee, added: “As a producer, I am proud of the members for joining me in this new challenge and I am also grateful for the Korean and Global fans who supported us.
“I am very happy to partner with Steve Barnett and CMG and I look forward to the greater things we will do together. This is a result of the support and effort of all SM employees and other staff members.”
“SuperM made history today. Congratulations to the group, Producer Soo-Man Lee, SM Entertainment and everyone at Capitol and Caroline.”
Steve Barnett, Capitol Music Group
Capitol Music Group Chairman & CEO Steve Barnett, said: “SuperM made history today. Congratulations to the group, Producer Soo-Man Lee, SM Entertainment and everyone at Capitol and Caroline. This is only the beginning. There’s lots more to come from SuperM!”Music Business Worldwide