GOT7 made a big return to the K-pop scene last month with their risky Fly EP and it appears the group has found its sweet spot, as the seven-member boy band soars into multiple charts (dated April 9) with impressive rankings on each.
Let’s break down their chart domination:
GOT7 fly onto the Billboard Artist 100 chart dated April 9 at No. 45, becoming only the second K-pop act to bow on the ranking. The Artist 100 is Billboard‘s all-encompassing artist ranking chart that combines radio airplay, sales data, streaming data and social media activity to rank the top 100 artists in America each week. GOT7 is the week’s highest debut, too.
The band’s ranking outpeaks the only other K-pop act to hit the chart, PSY, who previously hit No. 88 on the chart on Dec. 19, 2015, after releasing his seventh album in December.
You’ll see how the group’s combination of album and single sales, along with social presence, led to such a high ranking via their showings on other charts.
Fly starts at No. 2 on the World Albums chart. It’s GOT7’s sixth release to hit the chart following their 2014 debut EP Got It? (that hit at No. 1 on the chart just days after the group’s official debut), 2014’s Got Love EP (which peaked at No. 6), their full-length Identity (No. 6), 2015’s Mad EP (which also hit No. 1) and the Mad: Winter Edition (No. 12) mini album.
GOT7 also earn their highest ranking on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Albums chart, which sees a much smaller amount of K-pop acts. GOT7 had previously only sent their Mad EP to No. 15 on the chart, but Fly blasted in at No. 2 on the April 9 tally. Perhaps GOT7 would have made the top albums chart if the group had released on the global release day of Friday, March 18, instead of waiting to release on Monday, March 21, which gave the group three fewer days of sales.
The band also earns their best ranking on World Digital Songs as their new single “Fly” hits No. 2 on the chart, beating their previous best ranking of No. 3 (where “Just Right” peaked).
Fly also sees a slew of other songs bow on the chart, including: “Can’t” (No. 19), “Rewind” (No. 21), and “Beggin on My Knees” (No. 24).
Last but not least, it’s become clear that everyone was talking about GOT7’s buzzy comeback — as the boy band hit No. 2 on the April 9-dated Social 50 chart, second only to Justin Bieber.
The Social 50 is a ranking of the most active artists on the world’s leading social networking sites and the weekly ranking is determined via a formula that blends their weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and social media reactions in America. The comeback makes the group more buzzier than the likes of Ariana Grande (No. 3), Zayn Malik (No. 4), Selena Gomez (No. 5), Kanye West (No. 7), and Rihanna (No. 8), to name a few.