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FTISLAND Hit New Peak on World Albums With 'Where's the Truth?'

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FTISLAND

Just last year, FTISLAND earned their first entry on Billboard's World Albums chart when their hard-rocking I Will effort entered the Top 10. By continuing to spotlight a harder sound, the K-pop-rock act now celebrates its first Top 5 entry as its new LP Where's the Truth? swoops into the chart for the top-selling K-pop album in America this week.

As indicated on I Will's standout single "Pray" last year, this is a band looking to present an edgier sound to the K-pop scene. Now on Where's the Truth?, the listener is sucked into that sensibility even more so, as opening track "Out of Love" lays down an intense mood while Honggi bellows that he's washing his hands clean of relationship before racing, haunting rock production follows. That direction continues with standouts like "Take Me Now" and spasticity intense "Paparazzi." But one of the most impressive cuts comes via the sentimental "Stand by Me," where Honggi croons English lyrics boasting the same emotional punch of any native speaker.