Twice continues to be a rising girl group to watch Stateside with their latest release marking a host of new chart accomplishments.
The girl group’s new EP titled Signal: The 4th Mini Album charts at No. 3 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart this week, tying their best showing on the ranking so far, along with their first-ever appearance on the Heatseekers Albums chart — the latter of which sees far fewer entries from K-pop acts. With 1,000 traditional albums sold, Signal marks Twice’s best sales week yet in America while also being the top-selling K-pop album in the U.S. this week.
Signal debuts at No. 11 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, making them the eleventh K-pop act to send an entry to do so in 2017 and one of the few rare female acts to move a remarkable amount of copies. Impressively, Twice is the highest-charting female K-pop act on Heatseekers in 2017 and the year’s fourth best entry among K-pop acts (with only GOT7, NCT 127 and Monsta X charting higher) and too. The last female act to chart higher on Heatseekers was Tiffany (whose I Just Wanna Dance EP hit No. 10 in late May of 2016) while the last girl group to chart higher was f(x) (their late 2015 album 4 Walls peaked at No. 7).
Signal saw a bit of a change of pace for the group with the title track blending a playful hip-hop beat (courtesy of legendary K-pop producer J.Y. Park) and whooshing synthesizers for an unexpectedly quirky pop track that still brought the endless amount of hooks listeners would expect from Twice. There were other moments of growth like members like Tzuyu and Sana handled the choruses for the first time on “Signal,” while Jihyo and Chaeyoung co-wrote the cheery “Eye Eye Eyes” track.
The ninesome can also claim victory by snagging the biggest-selling K-pop song in America this week with “Signal” debuting at No. 3 on the World Digital Song Sales chart. Twice’s best-charting single on the ranking is “TT,” which peaked at No. 2 in November 2016. Watch the ladies bring “Signal” to life with one of their first live performances of the track below: