With more than a decade in the K-pop scene, Sunmi is no stranger to the Billboard charts. But she is only just now hitting exciting peaks as a solo artist.
The 25-year-old's new single "Gashina" debuts at No. 3 on World Digital Song Sales this week, selling 1,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 24, according to Nielsen Music, making it the best-selling K-pop song in America. The dance-pop track holds off competition from new releases from NCT Dream and Red Velvet, along with consistently high-selling singles from EXO and BTS.
"Gashina" marks Sunmi's first release since February's disbanding of the Wonder Girls -- the group she departed in 2010 and returned to in 2015 -- and leaving longtime label home JYP Entertainment, which houses acts like 2PM, Twice and GOT7. Helmed by Teddy (the longtime producer for BIGBANG, 2NE1 and G-Dragon) and co-written by Sunmi, "Gashina" brings a bubbling blend of dancehall, synth-pop and East Asian-inspired instruments as the starlet's stunning first release under MakeUs Entertainment, the same label as R&B chart-toppers Urban Zakapa.