In a few hours, Billboard will refresh all of its weekly charts, and the names that appear close to the top of almost all of them will change once again. On the current Top Album Sales ranking, which lists the albums and EPs which actually sold the most copies (as opposed to the Billboard 200, which includes streams as well), one new band from South Korea appears inside the highest tier for the first time, and they aren’t the first from their home nation to do so.
ENHYPEN’s sophomore EP Border: Carnival is new at No. 4 on this week’s Top Album Sales chart, and it marks their first time inside the top five on the 100-space tally. The group, which is still just getting started when it comes to their global takeover, is the tenth musical act of any kind from South Korea to land inside the top five.
BTS became the first South Korean musical act to break into the top five back in 2018 when they landed their first No. 1 with Love Yourself: Tear. They remain the name with the most appearances inside that space, as the septet has now sent eight titles into the arena, with five of those going all the way to the peak position for at least one turn.
Two other South Korean bands have climbed to the Top Album Sales’ summit more than once. SuperM has pushed their only two releases to the peak spot, while NCT 127 has seen a pair of projects appear at No. 1 as well.
Another two South Korean groups have hit No. 1 on the Top Album Sales ranking, though both of them have only done so once, at least so far. Both Blackpink and TXT (or Tomorrow X Together in longform) have also risen to the throne, and they could do so again.
Five additional musical acts that originate from South Korea have pushed collections into the top five on the Top Album Sales chart, with two soloists getting in on the fun. Groups NCT, Monsta X and now ENHYPEN have landed one win apiece, while BTS members RM and Agust D (who goes by the name Suga when in the band) saw their solo ventures break into the upper half of the top 10 as well.