Less than two months into 2019, the K-pop scene already has a monster rookie on its hands as new girl group ITZY earns a collection of Billboard chart accomplishments in their first week out.
The freshly debuted quintet under JYP Entertainment see their debut single "Dalla Dalla" enter at No. 3 on the World Digital Song Sales chart. The shape-shifting confidence anthem sold 2,000 downloads in the U.S. for the week ending Feb. 14, according to Nielsen Music, making it the best-selling K-pop song in America this week.
ITZY also make a huge statement on the YouTube chart as "Dalla Dalla" debuts at No. 2 on the list that ranks the most popular songs on YouTube. At press time, the video for "Dalla Dalla" has scored more than 57 million views in less than two weeks.
While the trend is changing as evidenced by an exciting 2018, new K-pop girl groups historically have not had great odds in landing their debut singles on the Billboard charts. Yet with a No. 3 start on World Digital Songs, ITZY have the best starting position for a newly debuted K-pop act since BLACKPINK made their debut with "Boombayah" hitting No. 1 back in 2016. On the YouTube chart, this is the best debut for any K-pop act's debut release ever with the most recent K-pop act to hit as high as ITZY coming via Jennie of BLACKPINK's single "Solo" peaking at No. 2 last November. And given the quartet's recent touring and TV accomplishments stateside, things look quite bright for ITZY's future.
"Dalla Dalla" was released alongside the song "Want It?" which debuts at No. 8 on World Digital Song Sales, selling 1,000 downloads, and giving ITZY two Top 10 entries on their first try.
With their record label having a long history of impactful girl groups (JYP is home to superstars like TWICE, Wonder Girls and miss A) combined with super-promising numbers from the start, expect to hear a lot more about ITZY on the K-pop scene. Get to know members Yuna, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, Lia and Yeji more in a special video clip that details the making of their debut release below: