SEVENTEEN Sets New Sales Record; Pulls Big Numbers


South Korean boy group, SEVENTEEN, have surpassed all expectations, setting a new record for album sales in the first week. Their latest release, a mini album titled ‘Heng:garæ‘ has officially sold 1,019,025 copies as of June 26th. 

Setting this new record, SEVENTEEN beats their previous best – 700,863 copies sold in the first week of release for their 2019 album, ‘An Ode’.

While ‘An Ode’ set those numbers in the first week (7 days), ‘Heng:garæ’ surpassess the group’s personal best in a matter of five days. The numbers are only going to go up from here. 

With the news of these record-breaking numbers, the album by SEVENTEEN stands tall as the second highest-selling album in 2020, surpassed only by BTS’ latest studio album: ‘Map of the Soul: 7’. 

Total first week sales figures for ‘Heng:garæ’ by SEVENTEEN will reach us at the end of the week, June 28th. Predictions posit that this mini album may be on its way to raking in millions in pure sales, so stay tuned. 

SEVENTEEN are one of the most successful boy groups in K-Pop. In a recent management change, they now fall under BigHit Labels, the same agency representing BTS and TXT.

Debuting in 2015, SEVENTEEN have seen massive success in the industry. Setting new standards with their unique choreography, self-produced music and powerful stages, the boy group are one of the most popular faces of K-Pop today.

By: Ahalya Narayanan

BTS Throw A Wild Party in ‘Stay Gold’

Alright, it’s a real battle out here. This Friday, artists have been fighting to steal the spotlight. From Megan Thee Stallion’s new number to BLACKPINK’s fiery tune, ‘How You Like That’, to the remix of Trevor Daniel’s track, ‘Past Life’ featuring Selena Gomez – hoo, give us a minute to catch our breath. The day’s been buzzing with these new releases, but now, make way for the charming boys of BTS, because they’re in with the music video for their latest single, ‘Stay Gold’.

Sprinkled between their summery, uplifting chorus, ‘Stay Gold’ also sees a bout of impressive rap verses which ultimately makes the tune well-balanced and rather wholesome. The lyrics to this tune are familiar and warm. Lyrically, BTS isn’t exactly bringing anything new to the table, but their gentle melodies definitely make up for it.

Take a look at one of their syrupy-sweet verses:

Charming moonlight
Another sleepless night
Playing hide and seek under the moonlight
Dive into your heart, getting closer

Now, coming to the music video, it goes without saying that the sets are impeccable – just like every other BTS music video. We see chipped wallpapers and plants creeping in through windows. We see mattresses floating in water and a room stocked up with towers of books. As expected, the cinematography is stunning. Alright, we’ll stop there, because we’ve already given too much away.

‘Stay Gold’ finds its place on the band’s upcoming Japanese album, ‘Map of the Soul: The Journey’. This one’s set to drop on July 15th, so keep an eye out. But for now, just bask in the glory of their gorgeous music video.

By: Nina Karun