PSY may currently be the most famous K-pop star in America, but BIGBANG are giving him a run for his money on Billboard‘s World Digital Songs chart. Upon the release of their latest double A-side single “Let’s Not Fall in Love” and “Zutter,” the BIGBANG boys once again occupy the top two slots on World Digital Songs.
This means BIGBANG has three No. 1s on the ranking, the same amount as PSY. With a trio of chart-toppers on World Digital Songs, BIGBANG ties PSY for the most leaders in the chart’s five-year history. They are the only acts with multiple chart-toppers on this list, which started in January of 2010. Both are signed to YG Entertainment, the South Korean record label that also houses 2NE1, Epik High, Winner and more. To date the only K-pop acts to hit No. 1 on the chart are under YG.
“Let’s Not Fall in Love” tops the tally with 7,000 in sales while “Zutter” (a collaboration between BIGBANG members G-Dragon and T.O.P., credited to GD & T.O.P.) is in the runner-up slot with 6,000 copies sold. Remarkably, they shifted such numbers with less than two days of sales after Billboard‘s tracking week shifted from Friday to Thursday with the global release date change.
“Let’s Not Fall in Love” follows BIGBANG’s earlier singles from this year: “Loser” (which hit No. 1 on the chart dated May 16, 2015) and “Bang Bang Bang” (it ruled on June 20). All three were released on two-song EPs that the act has been releasing at the top of each month since May. To date, every song on the project has charted within the Top 3 of World Digital Songs.
The four EPs preview BIGBANG’s upcoming full-length album Made, that drops at the top of September. It’s BIGBANG’s first LP since 2012’s Alive, which hit No. 150 on the Billboard 200 and was one of the first K-pop albums to bow on the ranking. Made is anticipated to make a huge splash on the charts upon its release.
–Additional reporting Keith Caulfield.