After a few shifts in strategy in the past two years, AOA see their latest single return them to the upper echelons of the charts.
The girl group’s new single “Come See Me,” their first official single as a five-member outfit, debuts on Billboard‘s World Digital Song Sales chart at No. 8 for the week dated Dec. 7, 2019. This is the group’s highest-charting single in nearly two years and overall their fifth Top 10 hit.
Originally a septet when they debuted on the K-pop scene in 2012, AOA first made a splash on World Digital Songs in 2014 when “Like a Cat” arrived at No. 7 on the chart, giving the group their first entry on the tally. AOA earned a string of Top 10 hits with 2015’s “Heart Attack” (which also hit No. 7), 2016’s “Good Luck” (hit peaked at No. 5, their highest position to date) and 2017’s “Excuse Me,” which hit No. 6 and marked their last release with their main vocalist ChoA before she exited the group later that year. Since then, AOA’s in-between singles failed to land on the chart including their first release as a sextet, “Bingle Bangle,” from last year.
After member Mina also exited the group in May of this year, 2018 has marked a resurgence for AOA following the quintet’s participation on Korea’s hit girl-group performance competition show Queendom, which included fellow chart-toppers like MAMAMOO, Park Bom and (G)I-DLE.
The women gained attention for their determination to keep the team together as well as for their skilled performances. Perhaps most indicative of AOA’s promising chart future came when their cover of MAMAMOO’s “Egotistic” from the show hit No. 14 on World Digital Song Sales while MAMAMOO’s cover of AOA’s “Good Luck” hit No. 12 showing the attention of Queendom was also resonating stateside.
“Come See Me” and the group’s New Moon EP mark a refreshing change-up for the girl group who originally broke out with sultry, slinky R&B-pop jams like “Miniskirt” and “Like a Cat,” the former of which was picked by Billboard as one of the greatest K-pop songs of this decade.
Now seven years into their careers, the women are opting for a strong, warrior-like image while utilizing a fun-yet-captivating Western sound for their new single. New Moon songs like “Sorry” boast a new emotional previously unexplored in AOA’s past music, “My Way” is a funky, stomping ode to independence while “Ninety Nine” is a wink to their past flirty sound as something fun for longtime fans.
Check out the revamped AOA with their “Come See Me” music video, which has more than five million combined views, below: