Stray Kids is back at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, but not with its recent champion. South Korean boy band releases new EP Maxident, which opens in the first position of the count with 117,000 shifted equivalent units. Most of that figure – 110,000 copies – are pure sales, showing that the band’s fans are eager to open their wallets and buy whatever the outfit releases.
Maxident is Stray Kids’ second No. 1 on the Billboard 200, BillboardThe weekly ranking of the most consumed albums and EPs in the United States is impressive, while several previous Stray Kids releases have impacted a handful of Billboard charts, such as the Top Selling Albums and World Albums charts, none have reached the Billboard 200 without going straight to the top. By picking up yet another winner, the group made history and joined the most successful name in their home country at a very special club.
Stray Kids is now just the second South Korean musical act to reach number 1 on the Billboard 200 more than once. They landed their first chef earlier this year, in April, when odd opened on the throne with 110,000 copies moved. Now, Maxident not only are they actually two-time winners, but they’ve surpassed their predecessor, meaning the band are enjoying more and more success with each release.
The only other South Korean act to top the Billboard 200 more than once is BTS, who have done so multiple times. The septet became the first K-pop group to rule the competitive tally in June 2018. The globally successful group has now sent half a dozen titles to the top of the chart, easily surpassing any other name from South Korea. Their discography now includes #1s Do you love: tear, Love Yourself: Answer, Soul Map: Persona, Soul Map: 7, Beingand Evidencewho conquered the tally in June this year.
It’s not common for an act to land multiple No. 1 albums in a calendar year, and that kind of success is usually reserved for the biggest stars in the music industry. The most recent artist to achieve the feat (before Stray Kids) was Taylor Swift, who actually claimed three different highs in 2021, like Still, Dauntless (Taylor version), and Red (Taylor’s version)all of whom spent at least one lap atop the tally.
When Stray Kids hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year, they became the third K-pop act to do so, following in the footsteps of BTS and SuperM. Between their initial success and this latest, they were also joined in this feat by Blackpink, whose second album born pink topped the leaderboard in early October.