As ITZY’s new EP Guess Who impacts charts all around the world, the short set’s single “In The Morning” debuts on Billboard’s weekly ranking of the most-consumed songs all around the world, the Billboard Global 200. The track takes the band to a new high, and it’s not their first to reach the ranking. That fact helps them break an important tie among their countrymen (or should it be countrywomen) and emerge as one of the most successful all-female acts from South Korea in the history of the tally.
As “In The Morning” opens at No. 34, ITZY collects their second-ever placement on the Billboard Global 200, as their previous release “Not Shy” once peaked at No. 124. By doubling their total number of appearances, the band now stands out as just the second-ever girl group from South Korea to hit the ranking more than once.
Before this week, ITZY was tied with fellow South Korean girl groups TWICE and Aespa, as both have reached the Billboard Global 200 just once. The former band’s single “I Can’t Stop Me” rose all the way to No. 31 and spent months on the list before falling off, while Aespa’s breakout smash “Black Mamba” only lifted as high as No. 138, though that was a big win for the new act.
Among vocal bands made up entirely of female musicians from South Korea, Blackpink leads the charge in seemingly every way possible. The quartet has now pushed 10 tracks to the Billboard Global 200, with almost all of those coming from their first full-length The Album, which arrived last fall. They also hold the distinction of being the only K-pop girl group to reach the top 10, which they’ve now managed with their worldwide hits “Lovesick Girls” (No. 2) and “Ice Cream” with Selena Gomez (No. 8).
In the coming months, more girl groups that hail from South Korea could join their colleagues by landing on the Billboard Global 200, as there are some exciting comebacks and new releases expected from major players in the K-pop space. Soon, scoring several career appearances won’t be notable any longer for all-female bands.
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