Rookie group iKON’s latest EP, “Welcome Back,” topped major Korean and international charts immediately after its release Thursday.
The six-track EP nabbed the top spot on iTunes’ albums charts in 11 regions, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam and Thailand.
The EP’s lead track “Rhythm Ta” ranked No. 1 on eight local charts, including Genie, Olleh, Naver and Soribada. Other songs from the album, “Airplane,” “Welcome Back,” “My Type” and “Today,” also ranked high on the charts.
iKON (YG Entertainment)
The latest EP, dubbed the group’s “debut half album,” contains half of the songs from the full 12-track album, which will be released Nov. 2.
YG Entertainment’s newest group -- composed of B.I, Jinhwan, Bobby, Yunhyeong, Junhoe, Donghyuk and Chanwoo -- garnered a strong fan base even before its debut through reality survival programs “Win: Who is Next” and “Mix & Match.”
The band made a chart-topping debut with single “My Type” in September.
The seven-member group will hold its first-ever concert, titled “Showtime,” at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul on Saturday.
By Ahn Sung-mi (email@example.com