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Kang Daniel Makes His Solo Billboard Chart Debut on the Social 50

Kang Daniel was a hot topic as a member of Wanna One and now he makes his solo Billboard chart debut by entering the Social 50 chart.

Kang Daniel was a hot topic as a member of Wanna One and now he makes his solo Billboard chart debut by entering the Social 50 chart.

The newly turned solo signer recently released his first EP titled Color on Me in late July, which drew a reported record-breaking amount of sales on the Korean charts, and has since kept his name in the headlines to land two weeks in the Top 40 of Billboard‘s Social 50 chart so far. The star made his debut on last week’s chart at No. 29 with high activity on Twitter including 159,000 reactions and 85,000 mentions on the platform. This week, Daniel had 106,000 reactions and 70,000 mentions on Twitter to land him at No. 39 on the chart.

The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Wikipedia. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers with artist page views and engagement. The chart’s latest tracking week ended Aug. 22.

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The 22-year-old now becomes just the 11th solo male star in K-pop to bow on the Social 50 chart and the first new debut in 2019. K-pop’s last male singer to enter the chart on his own was Jackson Wang, of boy band GOT7, when the Hong Kong–born star entered the chart at No. 33 in November of last year.

Kang singer opened his Twitter account in June, but the recent surge of activity came as a result of a successful collaboration endorsement with Samsung (the phone giant tapped him to promote their new Galaxy Note10 on South Korea’s newly available 5G network) as well as the news of him dating Jihyo, a member of K-pop girl group TWICE (currently at No. 20 on this week’s Social 50). 

Kang has also been king on Instagram when the singer first opened an account and it became the fastest to earn one million followers. After kicking off the account on Jan. 1, 2019 with a selfie, Daniel hit the one-million mark in 11 hours 36 minutes, beating out the previous record-holder of Pope Francis who achieved the feat in 12 hours. Remarkably, Kang actually created a new account when he left his former record label and his current, active profile has two million followers.

Check out the music video to Daniel’s debut single “What Are You Up To” that’s earned nearly 15 million views since its release: