iKON‘s new single is killing it on the charts…in record time, to boot.
The boy band’s latest release “Killing Me” debuts at No. 2 on Billboard‘s World Digital Song Sales chart to mark the septet’s best position to date. Upon its release on Aug. 2, the dark trap-dance cut sold 1,000 downloads in the 24 hours it was eligible to land on this week’s Billboard charts, which closed on Aug. 3. The feat was still enough to make “Killing Me” the top-selling K-pop song in America for the week.
To date, iKON has sent 14 entries to World Digital Song Sales, previously peaking with their 2015 singles “My Type” and “Apology,” both of which hit No. 3 on the tally. Still, the group’s best week’s sales for a song so far has come via “Love Scenario,” when it sold 2,000 downloads in its opening week to ultimately debut at No. 4 on the chart.
Over on Billboard‘s World Albums chart, iKON’s New Kids : Continue EP debuts at No. 4 with about 1,000 traditional album units sold. This is the band’s fourth entry on World Albums, hitting the top 5 in as many times. The group has landed as high as No. 2 thanks to their Welcome Back album in early 2016.
iKON scored one of the biggest hits of their career earlier this year when January’s “Love Scenario” became an unofficial anthem for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics when it stay topping Korea’s domestic charts throughout the games. The piano/hip-hop sound is kept alive with the playful New Kids track “Cocktail” with the smooth-riding “Only You” and breakout cut Killing Me” showcasing another side of the band.
On other Billboard charts, iKON makes their debut on the Emerging Artists chart at No. 41 this week. The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists of the week, using the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Social 50. (The Artist 100 lists the most popular acts, overall, of the week.)
Watch the guys bring “Kiling Me” to life on Korean music show Inkigayo below: