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As Girls' Generation celebrates their 10-year anniversary, the group should see their legacy continue strong with its latest accomplishment.
The K-pop icons' latest album, Holiday Night -- the their sixth full-length record released on Aug. 4 to coincide with the same week the group debuted on the K-pop scene 10 years ago -- takes the No. 1 spot on Billboard's World Albums chart. The chart-topping effort marks the Girls' Generation's third record to reign on the ranking, following 2013's I Got a Boy and 2015's Lion Heart. The album also debuts at No. 5 on Heatseekers Albums -- which sees far fewer K-pop acts ranking -- with this marking the group's fourth entry after initially hitting the chart in early 2012 with The Boys.
Holiday Night sold 2,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 10, according to Nielsen Music. That sum marks the outfit's third-biggest debut week in America following their Mr. Mr. EP (which sold 3,000 copies in 2014 and also earned the act their only Billboard 200 entry to date) and I Got a Boy album (which sold just under 3,000).
With three No. 1s, Girls' Generation now catch up to SM Entertainment label mates Red Velvet to lead among female K-pop acts with most chart-toppers. The two groups are only beat by boy bands B.A.P and GOT7, who both have four No. 1s.
Notably, Girls' Generation members Taeyeon, Tiffany and Seohyun have topped World Albums twice as members of splinter group Girls' Generation-TTS, while Taeyeon also hit No. 1 with her 2015 album titled I.
After waiting two years for the group's return, Holiday Night brings treats and surprises that should satisfy both long and new fans. While the saccharine single "Holiday" and its adorable choreography-focused visual lines up well with some of Girls' Generation's most bubblegummy releases, the vintage-tinged "All Night" brings something fresh to the table with the ladies seemingly tipping their hats to ball culture with a vogue-ready house production and drag queens co-starring in the excellent music video. Meanwhile, "Fan" tucks funk, disco and glitch music in a cozy bed of electro-pop for one of the group's best deep cuts to date. The ladies are in familiar, sweet spots with brassy pop tracks like "Girls Are Back" and "Sweet Talk," and letting their vocalists shine on ballads like "Light Up the Sky." But GG also surprise with the subtle doo-wop sound in "It's You," with its lyrics written by member Yuri, along with rapper Hyoyeon taking lead on a chorus for "Love Is Bitter." Even 10 years down the line, there's more to be seen from the girls.
The singles "All Night" and "Holiday" earn Girls' Generation their 15th and 16th hits on the World Digital Song Sales chart by debuting at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Watch the group make their stage comeback with a live performance of "All Night" below: