INFINITE earn their first Billboard No. 1 this week with “Last Romeo.” The K-pop boy band’s ’80s-inspired single tops the Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart and also hits No. 33 on Billboard Twitter Top Tracks. INFINITE is the first Korean act to top the Emerging Artist chart.
The conversations kicked off on Sept. 3 when INFINITE revealed a “dance practice” video of their single to spotlight its choreography. Watch the guys dance to the intro track from new album Season 2 as well as “Last Romeo” in a high-quality studio recording below:
Fans kept the conversation so high about “Last Romeo,” released in late May, that it was able to rank within both of the weekly Billboard Twitter charts. Get deeper into the charts below.
The Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart counts up the “most shared songs on Twitter in the U.S. by up and coming artists.” Acts deemed as up and coming are determined by their showing on the Billboard Hot 100 and Twitter followers. With no Hot 100 hits (yet), but almost 19,000 followers on their verified @INFINITE_UM account, the septet were deemed appropriate to include in the Emerging Artists chart.
After the Monday to Sunday tracking period, each song eligible is ranked by “the volume of shares over the seven day period.” This week, INFINITE owned the social conversation, even beating out Hot 100 hits likes of Kiesza‘s “Hideaway” (No. 51 on the Hot 100) and Hozier‘s “Take Me to Church” (No. 75). The No. 1 makes them the most talked about new artist in America on Twitter for that week.
The INFINITE boys also bow on the Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart that boasts tougher competition. This ranking counts all songs “shared and/or mentioned songs on Twitter” with the band making a respectable showing at No. 33. According to the chart, “Last Romeo” was shared and mentioned more on Twitter than tracks like Jason Derulo‘s “Wiggle” (No. 34), Chris Brown‘s “Loyal” (No. 37) and Miley Cyrus‘ “Wrecking Ball” (No. 39).
Two songs by Korean artists (PSY‘s “Hangover” and Skrillex‘s collaboration with G-Dragon and CL “Dirty Vibe”) have all ranked higher than “Last Romeo” on Top Tracks in the past. But with “Last Romeo” being a “traditional” K-pop release (being sung in Korean as well as released and promoted in Korea), the track has a big accomplishment in surpassing Girls’ Generation‘s “Mr.Mr.”
Keep up with all the Billboard Twitter chart activity by watch the real-time Billboard + Twitter charts right here.