Stray Kids, Tomorrow X Together And Hikaru Utada: Excitement On The World Albums Chart
Two brand new releases enjoy noticeable starts on this week’s World Albums chart, bringing two of the most beloved acts from different Asian nations to the ranking once again. One of them is used to appearing on the roster fairly regularly these days, while the other hasn’t been present for years, though clearly her power and popularity has not diminished very much (if at all) during that time.
Here are three titles to pay attention to on this week’s World Albums chart.
No. 1 – Tomorrow X Together – The Chaos Chapter: Freeze
As is often the case with the most popular acts based in South Korea, Tomorrow X Together recently re-released their album The Chaos Chapter: Freeze as a deluxe edition with several new songs. In their home country, the newly-retitled The Chaos Chapter: Fight or Escape easily opened at No. 1 on the Gaon Albums chart, giving the band another leader. In the U.S., however, the two projects are counted as one, so while they don’t land a new win, they do surge on a number of Billboard charts.
The Chaos Chapter: Freeze returns to No. 1 on the World Albums chart, where it debuted when the original iteration of the title was made available a few months back. The set also makes its way back to the top 10 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales rankings, proving just how popular the group, and their collection, remains.
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No. 5 – Stray Kids – Noeasy
South Korean all-male vocal band Stray Kids return to the top 10 on the World Albums chart with their second full-length Noeasy, which is no easy feat. The title launches at No. 5, entering the highest half of the uppermost tier on the tally. The project is the group’s tenth to appear inside the loftiest space on the list.
This week, seven tracks by Stray Kids land on the corresponding World Digital Song Sales chart, giving the band control over more than one-quarter of all the spaces on the tally, demonstrating yet again that they are quickly becoming one of the most successful and reliable K-pop acts in America.
No. 12 – Hikaru Utada – One Last Kiss
Legendary Japanese-American singer Hikaru Utada returns to the World Albums chart this week with her EP One Last Kiss, which launches at No. 12. The set is just her third to place on the list, and it marks her first appearance in five years. One Last Kiss is also Utada’s only project to not break into the top 10 on the tally, at least not yet.