EXO continue setting chart milestones with their latest release.
The track, which is the lead single off the 10-member outfit’s new full-length album Exodus, sold 200 copies while earning 230,000 streams in the territory. There was no detected airplay at any of Nielsen’s Canadian chart reporters.
The debut on Canada’s definitive singles chart follows an impressive showing in America the earlier week.
The band snagged the biggest sales week ever for a K-pop act with Exodus, sending it to No. 95 on the Billboard 200, No. 70 on Top Album Sales and No. 1 on World Albums on the charts dated April 18, 2015. (Exodus is No. 3 on World Albums this week.) The outfit also took over Billboard‘s World Digital Songs chart occupying nine of the 25 positions on the ranking — the most for Korean acts and second-best showing for an artist ever. The only act to log more simultaneous charting titles has been Ireland’s Celtic Woman who landed 12 on Feb. 13, 2010. (The guys have three entries on this week’s chart.)
Meanwhile, “Call Me Baby” also landed at No. 22 on Billboard‘s YouTube chart that ranks the most watched music videos on the video site in America. The last time a Korean act popped up on that chart was on Dec. 20, 2014 when PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” re-entered at No. 7 after a viral story that the rapper’s vid had broken the YouTube counter.
Other than PSY, EXO is the only other K-pop act to ever bow on the Canadian Hot 100. PSY, who many consider an outlier in the scene despite being very popular, has notched two entries on the chart with “Gangnam Style” (which ruled the chart for seven weeks in 2012) and “Gentleman” (which peaked at No. 9 in 2013). Somewhat ironically, EXO’s feat comes as the first release after last year’s departure of original member Kris Wu, who grew up in Canada.
–Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield