Stray Kids’ ‘Oddinary’ Tops Billboard 200 Albums Chart
Stray Kids’ ‘Oddinary’ Tops Billboard 200 Albums Chart
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  • 승인 2022.03.29 13:00
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[BBANGYA NEWS|Reporter Khaing] The South Korean group Stray Kids impacted the Billboard 200 album chart , landing at No. 1 with “Oddinary.”

South Korean pop group Stray Kids debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated April 2) with Oddinary, marking not just the first chart-topper for the act, but its first chart entry. The seven-song set, recorded mostly in the Korean language, launches atop the list with 110,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending March 24, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. Of that sum, album sales comprise 103,000 — the biggest sales week for an album in 2022.

Stray Kids have been around for a few years, but just not with any effort to impact the U.S. market till now. The group, a product of a 2017 reality show in South Korea, did have two previous releases that did well on the world music chart. Billboard notes that “Oddinary” is just the 13th album sung primarily not in English to go No. 1 in the U.S.

The vast majority of interest in the band came in the form of full albums sold, not streaming, which allowed “Oddinary” to stake a claim for the biggest week of 2022 so far in the sales department. The overall total in album-equivalent units was 110,000, which is not a record for the year… but the fact that 103,000 of those units came via pure album sales did set a benchmark that hasn’t been reached by anyone else in ’22.

Interestingly, Billboard reports that more than 100,000 of those 103,000 album sales were in CD form, with no vinyl edition available and not that much action on the digital download front — the seven different collectible packages proving an irresistible physical lure for fans, as is often the case with other K-pop groups like BTS.

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