As Machine Gun Kelly rules over the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with his latest effort (and first champion) Tickets to My Downfall, South Korean supergroup SuperM launch their new set Super One at No. 2 on the all-encompassing tally.
With another win to their credit, SuperM joins the biggest band to emerge from their home country in one very specific feat on the Billboard charts.
Super One is SuperM’s second top 10 title on the Billboard 200, and that’s a very rare accomplishment when it comes to musical acts from the nation. In fact, the septet is just the second-ever name from that part of the world to appear inside the highest tier on that tally more than once.
SuperM shocked many in the music industry last fall when they launched their self-titled debut EP at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming just the second act from South Korea to rise as high as is possible on the tally. Now that Super One has opened in the runner-up rung, the seven-member vocal outfit has become just the second band from their nation to place inside the top 10 more several times.
They join BTS in this feat, who have managed to do so on five occasions. The pioneering K-pop act first appeared inside the Billboard 200’s top 10 back in 2017 with Love Yourself: Her, which stalled at No. 7, which was a historic high at the time.
In 2018, they landed their first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with Love Yourself: Tear, and just three months after that set opened atop the list, Love Yourself: Answer, the third and final installment in that series of releases, repeated that feat.
Since then, two more BTS albums—2019’s Map of the Soul and this year’s Map of the Soul: 7—have claimed the Billboard 200’s throne.
BTS have now charted as many top 10 titles on the Billboard 200 as all other South Korean musicians combined, underlining the fact that they continue to lead the charge among acts from the region.