Stray Kids & aespa make more history on the Billboard Charts | Who equalled a Taylor Swift record?

It’s been another champagne week for K-Pop in the United States, with Stray Kids equalling a record by Taylor Swift and aespa
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That K-Wave continues to take over the US music charts after this weekend, with both Stray Kids and aespa making history within the annuls of the Billboard Charts. Billboard announced that aespa's latest title track, "Drama," achieved the group's highest rankings on both its Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts. "Drama" secured the 8th position on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart, the 21st on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, and the 38th on the Global 200.

Simultaneously, aespa's new mini album, also titled "Drama," made an impressive debut at No. 33 on the Billboard 200. This marks their fourth album to enter the chart, following "Savage," "Girls," and "MY WORLD." That means that aespa has now become the fastest K-pop girl group to achieve four top 40 albums on the Billboard 200, accomplishing this milestone just three years after their debut. They are the second K-pop girl group overall, after BLACKPINK, to enter the top 40 of the Billboard 200 with their first four albums.

Additionally, "Drama" debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's World Albums chart, No. 5 on the Top Current Album Sales chart, No. 7 on the Top Album Sales chart, and No. 12 on the Tastemaker Albums chart for the week. To cap it off, aespa re-entered Billboard's Artist 100 at No. 34, marking their 11th non-consecutive week on the chart.

Meanwhile, Stray Kids make history as the first fourth-generation K-Pop group to enter the Billboard charts with their latest single, “LALALALA.” This marks a historic achievement for Stray Kids as they make their debut entry on the Hot 100 chart, becoming the second Korean boy group to achieve this feat after BTS. The single also secured an impressive position on Billboard's Global 200 chart, claiming the 10th spot, and ranking 6th on the Global Excl. U.S. chart for the charts dated November 25.

Stray Kids (Credit: JYP)Stray Kids (Credit: JYP)
Stray Kids (Credit: JYP)

Billboard had previously revealed that Stray Kids' mini album, "ROCK-STAR," debuted at the top of the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, making it their fourth consecutive album to claim the top spot, following "ODDINARY," "MAXIDENT," and "5-STAR." That means that Stray Kids are the first artist in 16 years to have all four of their initial chart entries debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and they are the first K-pop artist to achieve this feat. 

Impressively, Stray Kids achieved four No. 1 albums in less than 20 months, making them the fastest artist to accomplish this since Taylor Swift, who achieved a similar feat in just under 16 months between August 2020 and November 2021. Stray Kids were in the United States over the weekend, performing "S-Class" and "LALALALA" at the 2023 Billboard Music Awards, where they also clinched the Top K-Pop Album award for "5-STAR."

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