BIGBANG Earns 2nd Entry on Billboard 200 With Career-Defining 'Made' Album

Big Bang in 2016
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Big Bang attend a photocall at CGV Cinema in Seoul, South Korea on June 28, 2016.

More than four years after BIGBANG scored the first Korean-language K-pop album to appear on the Billboard 200 with Alive, the band returns with their long-awaited Made album that also boasts impressive chart results.

Made debuts at No. 172 on the Billboard 200 with 6,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 15, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, a little more than 4,000 were in traditional album sales -- the group's largest sales week yet for an album in the U.S. It beats their previous high, of 4,000, logged by Alive in its first week back in 2012.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

Made's 4,000 in album sales is enough for the set to debut at No. 1 on sales-driven World Albums chart (the group’s first No. 1 on the list after three earlier Top 10s) and No. 1 on Heatseekers Albums (their first leader on the tally).

--Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield