Itzy, Loona, Blackpink And Twice: 10 Korean Girl Group Albums Have Now Hit The Billboard 200
South Korean girl group ITZY scores their first-ever placement on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the U.S. this week with their latest EP Guess Who. The title opens at No. 148 on the list of the most-consumed projects in America, and while that’s a fairly low placement, it’s still an important one, both for the band and for all acts coming from the Asian nation.
Guess Who is the tenth album by a South Korean girl group to reach the Billboard 200, making it a milestone release.
Leading the way among all South Korean girl groups when looking at the number of titles pushed onto the Billboard 200 is Blackpink. The quartet has now sent three different releases to the tally throughout the years, with all of them peaking inside the top 40. The group’s most recent drop, The Album, stalled one rung shy of running the show, as it only went to No. 2. That still makes it the highest-charting studio effort by a K-pop all-female vocal outfit by far.
Just one other girl group from South Korea has managed to appear on the Billboard 200 more than once, and it is, somewhat coincidentally, TWICE. The group has now landed on the tally with, you guessed it, two projects, with both reaching the ranking in 2020.
Five other all-female bands from South Korea have each managed to place one album or EP onto the Billboard 200, with ITZY’s Guess Who being the latest in a long string of successes. The first girl group from that part of the world to reach the list in America was Girls’ Generation-TTS, whose Twinkle hit No. 126 way back in 2012. Girls’ Generation-TTS is what’s called a sub-unit of a larger group, Girls’ Generation, who appeared on the Billboard 200 for the first (and so far only) time in 2014 with Mr.Mr.
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At the same time Girls’ Generation first broke onto the Billboard 200, so too did 2NE1, another South Korean girl group. Their album Crush rose all the way to No. 61, then a high point for bands made up solely of female artists from the Asian country.
Aside from Blackpink, it would be several years before another K-pop-leaning girl group would reach the Billboard 200. Late last year, Loona’s [12:00] reached No. 112 (another coincidence), making them the sixth South Korean band composed of female vocalists to hit the chart.