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LOONA's JinSoul Hits New Chart Peak With Korean Drama Soundtrack Single

Jinsoul of LOONA
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Jinsoul of LOONA

"As Time Goes" marks the latest chart success for Korean drama soundtracks.

LOONA and its members continue to connect on the charts with their ballads with the K-pop girl group's latest accomplishment coming from one of its members.

JinSoul sees new song "As Times Goes" debut at No. 2 on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart. The touching ballad, which was recorded for the Korean television drama Meow: The Secret Boy, sold 2,000 copies in the week ending April 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The track is not only the highest debut of the week, but also the best-selling K-pop song in America this week, managing to edge out BTS' popular album track "My Time," which spends its seventh week on the chart.

"As Time Goes" is JinSoul's second solo appearance on World Digital Song Sales after previously entering as the featured artist on "Egoist," sung by fellow LOONA member Olivia Hye. "Egoist" peaked at No. 9 on the tally, selling 1,000 copies in its debut chart week of April 14, 2018, making "As Time Goes" JinSoul's best debut sales week to date as well.

While ballads tend to sell less in America overall, LOONA fans continue to show major support for the group's slower material. LOONA's sole No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales to date is the fan-dedicated "365" ballad that snagged the top slot on the chart dated Dec. 28, 2019.

Earlier this year, LOONA sent their high-energy single "So What" to the charts where it peaked at No. 4 and spent two weeks on the chart.

JinSoul's new track also marks the latest chart accomplishment for soundtracks to Korean dramas on the charts.

While dramas can reach an international audience easier than ever thanks to streaming services, the music attached to them is continuously gaining traction thanks to most shows' weekly single releases coinciding with new episodes. Just this year, popular Korean shows have produced chart hits including tracks from Itaewon Class (which had soundtrack contributions from BTS' V and Kim Feel), Crash Landing on You (Baek Yerin and Kim Kyunghee), Dr. Romantic (EXO's Baekhyun, and Chanyeol and Punch) and XX (Sunmi). Most of these tracks tend to be ballad or acoustic-leaning but songs like Sunmi's "Gotta Go" mark exceptions based on the theme of the drama or specific scene for which its used.

Watch the official music video of "As Time Goes" that features cuts from Meow: The Secret Boy as well as footage of JinSoul singing in the studio.