The BIGBANG member also goes No. 1 on Billboard’s World Albums and Heatseekers Albums charts.
The album title from K-pop star Taeyang adequately describes his latest activity on a slew of Billboard charts. The singer/rapper’s “Rise” LP soars into the Billboard 200, landing at No. 112. The all-Korean set sold 3,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Nearly four years after his last solo LP, “Rise” is the second full-length from Taeyang, a member of boy band BIGBANG. The set was led by the single “Eyes, Nose, Lips,” a touching ballad with an adult-R&B sound. The single also tops the K-Pop Hot 100 (more on that later along with loads of fun chart stats).
On the Billboard 200, “Rise” surpasses previous chart positions hit by releases from BIGBANG and Taeyang’s bandmate G-Dragon.
In 2012, BIGBANG hit No. 150 with their “Alive” album, selling 4,000 copies. Meanwhile G-Dragon, the leader of BIGBANG has landed two entries: His 2012 EP “One of a Kind” (No. 161) plus his “Coup D’etat, Pt. 1” EP from 2013 (No. 182).
“Rise” is now the third highest-charting K-pop album on America’s definitive albums ranking. He follows behind 2NE1’s “Crush” album (No. 61) and Girls’ Generation’s “Mr. Mr.” EP (No. 110).
By Jeff Benjamin
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield
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