Already immensely successful on their own, and also connected closely to several other beloved vocal groups, it’s not shocking that South Korean boy band NCT Dream hit No. 1 on the Gaon Albums chart with their latest release Hot Sauce, though it’s still impressive how well the set performed upon its arrival.
The Gaon Albums chart ranks the bestselling full-lengths, EPs and single albums in South Korea every week, looking at how many copies were shipped to stores.
Hot Sauce marks NCT Dream’s fourth trip to the summit on the Gaon Albums chart, as three of their earlier EPs have all spent at least one frame in charge of the most competitive albums roster in the nation. In each of the past three years, the group has hit the peak spot on the tally, with We Go Up, We Boom and Reload all ruling for a short period. The band’s other project, a 2017 EP titled We Young, missed the mark by just one space, meaning they have now broken into the top 10 with five different releases.
While they have already reached No. 1 with several releases before this week, Hot Sauce is special to NCT Dream, as it marks their first full album. According to data shared by Hanteo, a competing chart company in South Korea that utilizes different information to rank the biggest albums in the country, Hot Sauce sold more than one million copies in its first week of availability. That’s a massive feat for any act, especially one that has never dropped a full-length before.
NCT Dream is a sub-unit of NCT, and looking at all the EPs, albums and other projects released by the top band and all its spinoffs, it’s clear the brand is one of the strongest in the South Korean music market. Between NCT, NCT Dream, NCT U, NCT 127 and WayV, the five acts have now collectively accrued 14 No. 1 titles on the Gaon Albums chart and seven other top 10s in just a few years.
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