BTS, Sistar, AOA or Teen Top: Who Won the Summer's First Rush of K-Pop Comebacks?
If you've been resisting the glossy K-pop scene, this summer is the perfect time to get addicted. The season's release schedule is packed, eliciting all-out chart battles with the scene's top acts. Labels typically try to distance themselves from competition by spreading out releases, but last week saw four major players essentially go head-to-head for fans' attentions.
On June 21, sexy-leaning girl groups AOA and Sistar both released new EPs. The former's EP was lead by the title track "Heart Attack," an EDM-inspired jock jam with a lacrosse-themed video, while the latter returned with their feel-good title track "Shake It" paired with a booty-centric visual. Boy band Teen Top got in on the fun on the 21st, dropping their Natural Born Teen Top EP, which was led by the slick single "Ah-Ah," featuring a vibrant visual to boot. Later in the week, on June 23, BTS continued promotions of their successful The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 album by unveiling the video for its second single "Dope."
But according to the Billboard charts, who won this first rush?
Looking to the World Albums chart, it looks like AOA can claim the top album for this week. Heart Attack debuted at No. 5 -- their first appearance on the chart. Just below them is Sistar at No. 6 with Shake It: 3rd Mini Album -- which marks the quartet's highest position on the ranking yet after 2013's Give It to Me (which peaked at No. 9) and 2014's Touch N Move (No. 8). BTS soar back into World Albums, hitting No. 8 for the LP's third, non-consecutive week on the ranking. Teen Top's Natural Born Teen Top EP starts at No. 13.
So, does AOA win the albums battle? This week, yes. But don't forget that BTS' Most Beautiful Moment in Life originally debuted at No. 2 on World Albums back when it first dropped in May.
And how about their singles?
Over on the World Digital Songs chart, BTS' "Dope" flies back onto the ranking to No. 3. BTS not only beat the competition, but also see "Dope" become the top-selling K-pop song in America this week. Below, Sistar's "Shake It" shimmies in at No. 6 (their fourth Top 10 song on the chart) while AOA's "Heart Attack" lands at No. 7 for their highest entry on the tally to date. Teen Top's "Ah-Ah" bows at No. 20 on the list.
But most importantly, who do you think won the first rush of K-pop summer comebacks? Let us know.