Seventeen Score First No. 1 on World Albums With 'Boys Be' EP
Less than four months after debuting on the K-pop scene, Seventeen is already celebrating their first No. 1 on a Billboard chart.
The 13-member boy band sent their sophomore EP Boys Be to the top slot of World Albums. The five-song release is led by the cheery single "Mansae." Members Woozi, S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon all participated its composition with Woozi writing the lyrics with Korean singer-songwriter Kye Bum Zu -- all remarkable points as many K-pop acts aren't as involved with music production.
"Mansae" plays off the same energy established in the act's debut single "Adore U" with funky guitars, feel-good harmonies, entertaining rap lines while the music video showcasing impressive group choreography and let the members' personalities shine. "Mansae" shows the boys at school, as all 13 vye to get a girl's attention in the classroom, hallways and when they're playing group games. It all has an adolescent charm about it, which works well with the group -- who were conceived with the concept that the members' average age would be, of course, 17 upon debut.
Boys Be follows Seventeen's debut EP 17 Carat, which debuted at No. 8 on World Albums and has spent 11 weeks on the chart to date. It's a remarkable run for the EP that's outlasted other 2015 releases from K-pop boy band rivals like EXO (whose Exodus LP spent seven weeks on World Albums so far while its repackage Love Me Right spent six) and BTS (The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 has charted for eight weeks).
Seventeen can also be found on Billboard's World Digital Songs chart with "Mansae" spending a second week at No. 5. The boys previously sent "Adore U" to No. 13 on the chart.