Blackpink and BTS helped put K-pop music on the map, but their absence didn’t stop this genre from conquering the world throughout 2023. Several K-pop albums soared to the top of the Billboard 200 this year, and here are five that prove that K-pop is definitely here to stay.
Tomorrow X Together – The Name Chapter: Temptation
After making history as the first K-pop boy band to headline Lollapalooza, TXT scored their first No. 1 album in early 2023 and gave us another catchy single with “Sugar Rush Ride”.
Stray Kids – 5-Star / Rock-Star
In the absence of BTS, Stray Kids emerged as the most popular K-pop band on the Billboard 200 this year and scored not one, but two No. 1 albums! 5-Star hit No. 1 with the largest week for a non-English album on the Billboard 200 in 2023. They later returned to the top spot with its follow-up Rock-Star.
NewJeans – Get Up
It’s only been a year since the girl group NewJeans was formed, and they’re already breaking new ground. Their second EP Get Up hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, in addition to selling over one million copies in South Korea.
Ateez – The World EP.Fin: Will
Ateez cemented K-pop domination on the Billboard 200 by soaring to No. 1 this week, with their latest album The World EP.Fin: Will, which they promoted with the hit single “Crazy Form”.