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4Minute's 'Crazy' EP Debuts at No. 1 on World Albums Chart
Plus, K-pop chart highlights from Xia, Rap Monster, Super Junior-D&E, TVXQ!, Wooyoung and more.
Last month, 4Minute re-energized their look and sound with their new Crazy EP. The six-song effort saw the girl group return to their electro-pop/hip-hop sound with a new zeal via its title track, incorporate their quirky personalities on tracks like "Tickle Tickle Tickle," but also show a previously unseen softer side via the ballad "Cold Rain." The ambitious effort paid off and 4Minute's earned their first No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart, selling 1,000 copies this week.
The rollout for Crazy was rather atypical with the group dropping a buzz video for "Cold Rain" on Jan. 25, mini-teaser videos for EP track until revealing the full "Crazy" visual on Feb. 8. 4Minute's label, Cube Entertainment, actually barred Crazy's U.S. release almost a full month weeks after it bowed in Korea -- a risky move in today's world of instant gratification.
Crazy is by far 4Minute's best showing on the World Albums chart. To date, the girls have notched three entries on the list. Both 2013's Name Is 4Minute and 2014's 4Minute World peaked at No. 13.
"Crazy" is also the best-selling K-pop in America this week, moving 2,000 copies this week according to Nielsen Music. This puts "Crazy" at No. 2 on World Digital Songs chart too.
In related news, 4Minute vocalist Gayoon recently told Noisey in an interview that her future goal was for 4Minute "to chart on the Billboard Top 100." While it may not be the Hot 100 singles chart, if that's what she was referring to, she and her band mates can revel in their first No. 1 on a Stateside Billboard chart. 4Minute also topped the Korea-based K-Pop Hot 100 in 2013.
Digital Songs Debuts: While 4Minute's "Crazy" was the top debut of the week, there are three more K-pop debuts on this week's World Digital Songs chart including XIA's new collaboration with Epik High member Tablo, "Flower," swooping in at No. 4 this week.
Also in the Top 10, Rap Monster's "P.D.D" featuring hip hop veteran Warren G debuts at No. 9.
Further down the chart Donghae & Eunhyuk at No. 15 is "Growing Pains," by Super Junior-D&E -- a splinter duo consisting of Super Junior members Donghae & Eunhyuk.
TVXQ! Hovers in Top 10: After peaking at No. 2 last week, TVXQ!'s new Japanese single "Sakuramichi" falls to No. 7 on the Japan Hot 100 in its fourth week on the chart.
Wooyoung's Solo Success: 2PM memeber Wooyoung sees his Japanese solo single "R.O.S.E." make an impression start on the Japan Hot 100.
Despite less Korean acts promoting in Japan in recent years, 2PM's dominance in the territory seems to be stronger than ever. The boy band is the latest K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Japan Hot 100 ("Guilty Love" topped the chart dated Feb. 14, 2015) and Wooyoung's solo success appears to continue the legacy.