Amber is the first member of f(x) to venture out solo and she’s got some impressive charts to show for her effort.
The rapper/singer’s Beautiful: The 1st Mini Album EP debuts at No. 2 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart and No. 19 on Heatseekers Albums. The latter ranking shows big Stateside support for Amber’s solo debut where, typically, only acts with larger international fanbases would have entries (like BIGBANG, Girls’ Generation and B.A.P).
The 22-year-old’s performance is more or less in line with f(x)’s past chart runs. To date, the quintet has sent three entries to both the World and Heatseeker Album charts: 2012’s Electric Shock EP bowed at No. 2 on World Albums and No. 21 on Heatseekers; 2013’s Pink Tape scored No. 1 on World and No. 21 on Heatseekers; Red Light from last year peaked at No. 2 on World and No. 13 on Heatseekers.
Plus, the EP’s lead single “Shake That Brass” — that features Girls’ Generation leader Taeyeon and boasts a star-studded music video — wiggles its way to No. 4 on Billboard‘s World Digital Songs chart, the highest debut of the week.
Amber promoted the EP with live performances of “Beautiful” and “Shake That Brass,” the latter track featured Taeyeon’s parts handled by Wendy of Red Velvet, the new girl group from Girls’ Gen and f(x)’s label SM Entertainment.
The duo’s new ballad follows up TVXQ!’s 2014 singles “Sweat” and “Time Works Wonders,” both of which hit No. 1 on the Japan Hot 100 last year.
Apink also see their latest release make a promising start on the Japan Hot 100. The Japanese version of their single “Mr. Chu” enters at No. 89 and will likely also make a big jump up the chart next week.
The original version of “Mr. Chu” peaked at No. 2 on the K-Pop Hot 100 when it originally dropped in spring 2014.