The singer/composer’s Base: The First Mini Album EP rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart after debuting at No. 2 last week. Base also marks the first No. 1 for a K-pop act on World Albums in 2015.
The release is led by the singles “Crazy (Guilty Pleasure),” that features rapper IRON, and “Deja-Boo,” featuring hip-hop singer/rapper Zion.T. Both tracks make bows on the World Digital Songs chart with “Crazy” marking the chart’s highest debut this week at No. 12 while “Deja-boo” lands at No. 21.
While fans knew Jonghyun as a singer with a knack for ballads, the 24-year-old recently expressed his desire to branch out from the ballad style and eyed genres and collaborators he was personally inspired by for his eclectic EP that ranges from booming R&B to slick disco dance-pop. In addition to Zion.T and IRON, Base also features Korean rock singer-songwriter Younha.
Base marks the first solo No. 1 for any SHINee member on a Billboard chart, but two of his band mates have also done well on their own too.
Last summer, SHINee’s Taemin made his solo debut with his Ace: The First Mini Album EP. The set peaked at No. 2 on World Albums on the chart dated Sept. 6, 2014 while the music video to its lead single, “Danger,” was the most viewed K-pop video in America in its release month.
Meanwhile, Key took a different route in collaborating with INFINITE member Woohyun for a duo project called ToHeart last March. Their debut EP, The 1st Mini Album, peaked at No. 8 on World Albums on the chart dated March 29, 2014.