On the Feb. 3 tally — where Fall Out Boy‘s new Mania album reigns at No. 1 — the boy band’s Love Yourself: Her spends its 16th week on the chart, falling from No. 82 to No. 90. The record moved 7,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Jan. 26, according to Nielsen Music. Of that total, LY:H earned 5,000 in streaming equivalent album (SEA) units, plus 1,000 in track equivalent album (TEA) units along with an additional 1,000 in traditional album sales. As previously reported, Jonghyun’s posthumous Poet/Artist release debuts at No. 177 with 5,000 equivalent album units earned with 4,000 were in traditional album sales along with almost 1,000 SEA units and a minimal number of TEA units.
Only 11 K-pop acts have charted on the Billboard 200 so far and the last time two different albums from the scene were on the ranking was in 2014 when a heated rivalry between two of the top girl groups led to an exciting chart battle.
Girls’ Generation were preparing their new Mr. Mr. EP which experienced setbacks in the release after errors with the music video footage and an early digital leak of the record. Meanwhile, fellow girl-group sensations 2NE1 were gearing up for their long-awaited second full-length album Crush, an LP promised years ago but seemed nowhere in sight as the band continued to release one-off singles through 2012 and 2013. The timing worked out perfectly for the bands’ highly anticipated releases to battle one another on the charts with fans and the media pitting the outfits against one another to see who would reign supreme. On the Billboard 200 dated March 15, 2014, Mr. Mr. debuted at No. 110, selling a bit more than 3,000 copies, while Crush sold 5,000 copies and debuted at No. 61. Both sets marked new highs for K-pop acts on the chart at the time with both acts scoring No. 1 singles in their native Korea.
While the circumstances of this week’s pair of K-pop albums are much different this week than they were in 2014, it’s exciting to see a healthily growing K-pop market in America and a double appearance of K-pop albums. Get your #TBT on by watching classic videos from the Mr.Mr. and Crush eras below: