SEOUL — Boy group Seventeen has shattered the record for the highest first-week album sales in K-pop history, with its latest album "Seventeenth Heaven" selling over 5 million copies in its debut week, according to the band's agency.
According to Yonhap News Agency, citing data from Hanteo Chart, a leading local tracker of album sales, "Seventeenth Heaven," the group's 11th EP, sold 5,090,000 units in the first seven days following its release last Monday. This makes it the first K-pop album ever to cross the 5 million mark in first-week sales.
The new sales figure overtakes the previous record of about 4.62 million copies set by Stray Kids with their album "5-Star," as well as Seventeen's own prior record of 4.55 million copies with "FML." First-week sales are often used as an indicator of an artist's popularity and the size of their fandom.
"Seventeen became the only K-pop act to sell more than 3 million copies of an album on the first day of its release and the first act to surpass over 5 million copies in the first week with a single album," said Pledis Entertainment in their release.
The album's main track, "God of Music," debuted at the top of the Top 100 songs chart on Melon, South Korea's largest music streaming service, upon its release. According to the agency, Seventeen's combined domestic album sales have reached 11 million copies in the first nine months of this year.