On the Billboard 200, "Rise" surpasses previous chart positions hit by releases from BIGBANG and Taeyang's bandmate G-Dragon.
In 2012, BIGBANG hit No. 150 with their "Alive" album, selling 4,000 copies. Meanwhile G-Dragon, the leader of BIGBANG has landed two entries: His 2012 EP "One of a Kind" (No. 161) plus his "Coup D'etat, Pt. 1" EP from 2013 (No. 182).
"Rise" is now the third highest-charting K-pop album on America's definitive albums ranking. He follows behind 2NE1's "Crush" album (No. 61) and Girls' Generation's "Mr. Mr." EP (No. 110).
Meanwhile, "Rise" also rockets to No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart and Heatseekers Albums charts. His 2010 album "Solar" had previously hit No. 14 on World Albums in 2010.
And here's a particularly fun chart fact for VIPs (the affectionate nickname of BIGBANG fans): Taeyang is the third member of the K-pop quintet to chart a solo effort on both Heatseekers Albums and World Albums. He follows earlier charting efforts from both G-Dragon and BIGBANG singer Seungri.
Last November, Taeyang visited his U.S. fans to perform a solo concert in California as part of MTV Iggy and Intel's 'Music Experiment' series.
Over on the K-Pop Hot 100, the lead single from "Rise" has also risen to the top slot. "Eyes, Nose, Lips" jumps from No. 34 to No. 1 on the chart giving the 26-year-old his first solo No. 1. It's his third time topping the chart overall, counting BIGBANG's two No. 1s.
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Taeyang also sees "Stay With Me," a collaboration track with G-Dragon, land at No. 7. Previously, Taeyang had only charted as high as No. 9 with the EDM-rap hybrid track "Ringa Linga," included on "Rise."
Watch a mini-doc about the creation of Taeyang's new album below.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield