K-Pop Star G-Dragon Enters Billboard 200
The leader of BIGBANG, the popular K-pop boy band that charted on the Billboard 200 last year, makes his mark with new EP
America's definitive albums chart gets a little Korean pop added to it this week. G-Dragon, leader of popular K-pop boy band BIGBANG, sees his new EP, "Coup D'etat, Pt. 1," enter the Billboard 200 at No. 182 with more than 2,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also debuts at No. 1 on the World Albums chart.
Released digitally on Sept. 2, the five-track EP precedes G-Dragon's full-length sophomore album "COUP D'ETAT" that drops Friday, Sept. 13.
A second seven-track EP, "Coup D'etat, Pt. 2 (EP)," hit retail on Sept. 5. It sold just under 2,000 copies and starts at No. 2 on the World Albums chart.
"Pt. 1" featured high-profile collaborations with Missy Elliott, Sky Ferreira and was led by the title track, produced by Diplo and Baauer. The accompanying music video has earned more than 3.7 million views since its Sept. 1 premiere.
G-Dragon's Billboard 200 appearance marks K-pop's latest mark on the chart, but not the highest. That honor still goes to a splinter group of nine-member girl group Girls' Generation. The "Twinkle" EP by Girls' Generation - TTS hit No. 126 in May 2012.
Before the girls, G-Dragon's own group BIGBANG had netted the highest K-pop slot when their "Alive" EP hit No. 150 in March 2012.