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TREASURE made their way back to first place in this week’s THE NEW K.ID Chart. TREASURE recently surpassed 700,000 copies in sales of ‘THE FIRST STEP’. With the recent release of TREASURE’s third single-album, ‘THE FIRST STEP : CHAPTER THREE’, selling more than 210,000 copies, TREASURE finally broke the 700k mark with the help of 500,000 copies of the first two single-albums sold. With the third single-album still being on demand from the fans, there are huge expectations that TREASURE will become a million-seller soon. This is truly a remarkable achievement for a K-Pop rookie that made its debut just three months ago. TREASURE is expected to continue their amazing performance this year with their title track, ‘MMM’.
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Coming in at #2 is BLACKPINK, whose popular mega hit-song, ‘Kill This Love’, has been streamed more than 400 million times on the music streaming service, Spotify. ‘Kill This Love’ which was released in April of 2019, became the first K-Pop girl group song to be streamed more than 400 million times. Furthermore, BLACKPINK’s latest title track, ‘Lovesick Girls’ was streamed more than 100 million times on Spotify within only 44 days since its release which is the fastest record among any K-Pop girl groups.
At #3 is ATEEZ, who made it into Billboard’s Social 50 Chart, coming in at 7th place. Following ATEEZ’s successful run with ‘ZERO : FEVER PART. 1’, ATEEZ went up from 16th place to 7th place, going up 9 spots. Billboard’s Social 50 Chart ranks artists with the most active social media presence in platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter. ATEEZ has been gaining a lot more followers on social media in recent weeks. Their official social media accounts surpassed 8 million followers in total. ATEEZ now also has more than 1 million followers on Spotify and their songs have been streamed more than 400 million times in total.
Ranked at #6, CRAVITY became the K-Pop boy group with the 11th best brand reputation. In a boy group reputation ranking released by The Korean Business Research Institute, CRAVITY ranked 11th in the chart following their successful performance of ‘Flame’ in various music performance shows. CRAVITY’s brand reputation index in November is 1,467,147 which is 196.73% more than their brand reputation index back in October, proving their growing popularity worldwide. CRAVITY recently announced that they will be attending the 2020 Asia Artist Awards and the fans are excited to see how CRAVITY will expand beyond Asia to make their name known.
AKMU, ranked at #10, made a comeback with a single, ‘HAPPENING’. Following LEE SU-HYUN’s solo debut, AKMU is finally coming back as a group in more than a year since the release of their third album, ‘SAILING’. LEE CHAN-HYUK of AKMU commented that “If our last title track, ‘How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love’ was a sad song that captured the moment of the breakup, ‘HAPPENING’ captured the stories and moments following the breakup.” Since its release, ‘HAPPENING’ has been near the top of various Korean music streaming services, once again proving their stature in the industry.
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