SEVENTEEN’s popularity has been crossing borders as it spreads to countries outside of Korea. From the Oricon charts in Japan to the Billboard charts in the US, SEVENTEEN’s name can be seen in the upper ranks of a number of different international music charts.
According to Billboard, SEVENTEEN’s recently released fifth mini album, YOU MAKE MY DAY, debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and at No. 7 on the Heatseekers Albums chart.
The Heatseekers Albums chart is a chart that highlights the album sales of new and developing musical recording artists. “New or developing acts” is determined by the musical artist’s historical chart performance; artists can only make it on to the Heatseekers chart if they have never had an album place in the top 100 of the Billboard Top 200 chart, or in the top 10 of any of the charts that are categorized by genre. This actually marks a return to the chart for SEVENTEEN, who landed on the Heatseekers Albums chart less than six months ago with the February release of their Director’s Cut album.
SEVENTEEN also made their debut on the Artist 100 chart on July 14th. The Artist 100 is one of the main charts that can be used to assess the popularity of a musical act, and it bases its rankings on album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming, and social media fan interaction. According to Billboard, “Social activity was the overwhelming factor that prompted the debut as fans reacted to the band’s album teasers that included tweets and Instagram posts featuring promotional posters of all 13 members, music video teasers and more.” SEVENTEEN is the eighth Korean musical act to make it to the Artist 100 chart in addition to groups such as BTS, EXO, and BLACKPINK.
SEVENTEEN also came in at No. 7 on the US iTunes Top Music Albums chart on the 19th with YOU MAKE MY DAY. Not only are they the only Korean musical act to make it into the top 10 of the chart, SEVENTEEN has also ranked higher with this particular album than any other artist who is not from the US. The album has also taken over the top spot of charts in Finland, Indonesia, and Malaysia and has landed at No. 2 in Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
The group’s rising popularity can also be seen in Japan. The YOU MAKE MY DAY album ranked No. 1 on Oricon’s weekly international albums chart for the week of July 16th to July 22nd. The album also came in at No. 4 on Oricon’s overall weekly albums chart, beating out all other overseas artists. Other accomplishments for YOU MAKE MY DAY include a No. 1 ranking on the Tower Records chart for daily online sales and the chart for K-pop/world daily sales, and a No. 1 ranking on HMV’s chart for online sales of CDs/DVDs.
In Korea, YOU MAKE MY DAY sold 274,000 units within one week of SEVENTEEN’s comeback, which is more than twice the number of records that were sold with the group’s special album that was released in February; it has also sold nearly 60,000 more units than the group’s second studio album, which was released last year. SEVENTEEN has also been making a splash on music programs. The group got their hands on their first No. 1 trophy since making their comeback on the episode of MBC’s Show Champion that aired on July 25th.
SEVENTEEN will be looking to extend their popularity with the group’s upcoming global tour. Following their four-day concert in Seoul that started on June 28th, SEVENTEEN will be taking their show overseas as they begin their world tour on August 31st in Hong Kong. From there, the group will be performing in front of their international fans as they travel to Japan, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Taiwan.
Translated by Jennifer Earwood