2NE1 sets the highest Billboard ranking K-pop album record

March 7, 2014


By Chung Ah-young

K-pop girl group 2NE1 has set the record for the highest-ranking K-pop album on the Billboard 200 with its latest album “Crush.”

2NE1′s second full-length album was No. 61 on the Billboard 200, Wednesday, one of the main charts along with the Hot 100. The album sold 5,000 copies in the week ending March 2, according to Billboard.com, quoting Nielsen SoundScan.

“Crush” broke the record for K-pop albums, set by Girls’ Generation’s TTS unit’s extended-play album “Twinkle,” which reached 126th in 2012.

The four-member 2NE1 also landed in fifth place for World Digital Songs, Billboard’s genre chart, with “Come Back Home,” a song from the new album.

The Billboard 200 is one of the two major Billboard charts along with the Hot 100 singles chart, on which Korean rapper Psy held the second spot for seven consecutive weeks with his global viral hit “Gangnam Style” in 2012.

2NE1 made its debut in 2009 under YG Entertainment, one of the nation’s big three talent agencies, which is home to a slew of iconic K-pop stars, including BigBang and Psy.