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Rookie girl group NewJeans makes impressive debut on charts

08:58 August 04, 2022

SEOUL, Aug. 4 (Yonhap) -- NewJeans, the first girl group from an independent label under K-pop powerhouse Hybe, has made an impact on music charts at home and abroad upon its debut.

"Attention," a lead track of the group's debut EP, "New Jeans," topped Spotify's daily top songs chart in South Korea on Monday, when it dropped, the global music streaming service said Wednesday.

The album's three other tracks, "Hype Boy," "Cookie" and "Hurt," also placed second, fifth and 11th, respectively, on the same chart.

The five-piece multinational group debuted Monday under the label ADOR with members -- Minji, Danielle, Hanni, Haerin and Hyein -- whose average age is 17.

A photo of K-pop girl group NewJeans, provided by the group's label ADOR (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

The K-pop rookie also entered daily top songs' charts in seven other countries or regions, including Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

In Vietnam, the home country of member Hanni, "Hype Boy," "Attention" and "Cookie" ranked 53rd, 55th and 67th, respectively, on the daily chart, while "Hurt" was at 104th. "Attention" reached 55th in Singapore.

The song is also ranking high on other domestic charts.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday, "Attention" stayed atop Bugs' real-time streaming chart, with "Hybe Boy" coming in second. "Attention" was fourth on Genie's and 12th on Melon's real-time chart.

Earlier, "New Jeans" recorded the most first-week sales of any debut album by girl groups in South Korea by selling more than 440,000 copies in preorders. The previous record was 307,450 copies set by Le Sserafim with its first EP, "Fearless."

Unlike most K-pop groups, which upload teaser images or videos ahead of their debut, NewJeans made a bold and unprecedented start by dropping the music video for "Attention" even before making its debut. The album "New Jeans" is set to be officially released Monday.

sshim@yna.co.kr
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