Both acts are expected to make impressive debuts
As two of K-pop's biggest international acts, Girls' Generation and 2NE1 dropping albums within days of each other was sure to stir up a competitive chart battle in both their native South Korea and abroad. According to early chart forecasts, both Korean releases should be making exciting chart moves.
Industry forecasters suggest that 2NE1's new album "Crush" might sell around 4,000 copies by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, March 2. Meanwhile, Girls Generation's "Mr.Mr." EP could sell 3,000.
If 2NE1's latest effort sells 4,000, it would easily mark the act's best sales week; the group's previous high came when "2NE1 2nd Mini Album" EP sold 1,000 in its first week in 2011.
Both releases are expected to debut in the top five of Billboard's World Albums chart next week.
Previously, Girls' Generation sent its "I Got a Boy" album to No. 1 on the chart in January 2013. Plus, a splinter trio group called Girls' Generation - TTS sent its "Twinkle" EP to No. 1 in May 2012. "Twinkle" also peaked at No. 126 on the overall albums chart, the Billboard 200, where it currently reigns as the highest-charting K-pop release ever. It sold 3,000 copies.
Girls' Generation released its EP on Feb. 24, while 2NE1's full-length dropped three days later on Feb. 27. Curiously, neither released a music video for their accompanying lead singles on the day of release -- like most K-pop acts do -- but GG did reveal the dreamy visual for the "Mr.Mr." title track today.
Who will end on top? Could both groups break records? The Billboard charts -- including the K-Pop Hot 100 -- are refreshed every Thursday morning. Stay tuned to Billboard's K-Town for more updates on this K-pop girl group battle.