While K-pop acts are a common sight on the Billboard charts today, there's an entire generation of Korean musicians who laid the groundwork for their successors but have no chart stats to claim for it. Now, one of the biggest boy bands of the late '90s gets their shine.
SECHSKIES' new album The 20th Anniversary enters at No. 9 on the World Albums chart this week, marking the group's Billboard chart debut nearly 20 years after their first album was released. SECHSKIES debuted in 1997 under DSP Media (the future home to KARA, Rainbow and K.A.R.D) with their debut single "School Anthem." The sextet rivaled other top boy bands like H.O.T before disbanding at the height of their popularity in 2000, but not before setting a major wave through the industry and helping keep the boy band trend going strong through present day. After holding a reunion on television more than a decade later in 2016 (without original member Ko Jiyong, who retired from the entertainment industry altogether), five of the six members later signed with YG Entertainment (current home to PSY, BIGBANG and CL) for their official return to the K-pop scene marked by this anniversary album.