Nearly three years after their hiatus, Wonder Girls make a huge return to the Billboard charts — an area the act is mighty familiar with after “Nobody” became a Hot 100 hit and pioneered the way for Korean artists to make moves in America.
With a refreshed lineup that brought original member Sunmi joining Yenny, Lim and Yubin, Wonder Girls’ ’80s-inspired comeback album Reboot starts at No. 2 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart and No. 25 on Heatseekers Albums.
Its the outfit’s third appearance on World Albums and their highest mark to date following 2011’s World World (which peaked at No. 5) and 2012’s Wonder Party EP (No. 9). Meanwhile, its their second time on Heatseekers Albums — a chart most K-pop acts don’t sell enough to bow on — after their English 2 Different Tears EP hit No. 21 in 2010. To date, Wonder Girls have sold almost 19,000 albums in America.
While Wonder Girls always touted a throwback-inspired image and sound, the group typically focused on ’60s- and ’70s joints. With Reboot, the girl group not only proved to still have their knack for super-smooth and catchy tunes, but also proved the strength and versatility of their concept. Album standouts like “Candle,” “Baby Don’t Play,” “One Black Night,” “Loved” and the LP’s lead single “I Feel You.” utilize the mainstream, Madonna-like synth-pop sound of the ’80s. At the same time tracks like “Back” play off the early rap beats (think Run-D.M.C.) that were beginning to garner attention at the time, while album closer “Remember” sounds like an old-school ballad with synthy piano one could imagine George Michael busting out.
Reboot is not only one of the best albums sonically to come out of K-pop this year, but also one of the most shrewd. Go back in time with Reboot‘s sampler below or stream the whole album via Apple Music.