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Red Velvet Earn First No. 1 on World Albums Chart With 'The Red'
The rookie girl group sent the 12-track LP not only to World Albums, but also onto the Heatseekers Albums chart, a tally that sees much less K-pop. The Red debuts at No. 24, which ties the quintet's best ranking on the chart after their Ice Cream EP hit the same spot in March. Red Velvet previously peaked at No. 2 on World Albums when Ice Cream debuted in the runner-up slot earlier this year.
Red is led by the infectious single "Dumb Dumb," which starts at No. 3 on World Digital Songs, making it the best-selling K-pop song in America this week.
During their first U.S. live performance at KCON 2015 Los Angeles, member Seulgi told Billboard that they're noticing more international fans. "On YouTube, we see a lot of covers, dance covers, singing covers," she explained. "We really feel the love and the interest."
The group fended off a ton of competition from their K-pop peers on World Albums that included new band DAY6 (whose The Day EP enters at No. 2), Girls' Generation (their Lion Heart album dropped to No. 11 in its fourth week), Seventeen (whose 17 Carat EP re-enters the chart at No. 13) and a soundtrack for Korean reality show Infinity Challenge (No. 15). On World Digital Songs, DAY6 sent their single "Congratulations" to No. 6, while Seventeen sent all five songs form their new Boys Be EP to the chart -- the highest being single "Mansae" at No. 5.