Stray Kids (Bang Chan, Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, I.N) has achieved the remarkable feat of entering the U.S. Billboard main album chart 'Billboard 200' at No. 1 for the fourth consecutive time.
Billboard announced on November 19th (local time) through its official website that "Stray Kids has entered the latest 'Billboard 200' chart (dated November 25) at No. 1 with their new album 'ROCK-STAR'." The 'Billboard 200' chart ranks the most popular albums in the U.S. over a week, based on album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA), as compiled by data management company Luminate.
This marks Stray Kids' fourth conquest of the 'Billboard 200' summit since their debut in 2018. Following their first top position in March last year with the mini-album 'ODDINARY', their mini-album 'MAXIDENT' in October, and their third full album '5-STAR' in June this year, their latest release 'Rock-STAR' also clinched the top spot. This signifies their overwhelming popularity not just in Korea but also internationally.
Stray Kids, riding on the support of their global fandom STAY, have successfully achieved their goals once again. During a press conference held on the 10th to celebrate the release of their new album, Stray Kids expressed their gratitude: "We think that our previous three albums reaching No. 1 on the 'Billboard 200' is all thanks to STAY. We are happy and grateful that people love and enjoy our music so much."
On being asked about the secret to their popularity, Stray Kids responded, "It still feels unbelievable that there are people in such far-off places who sing along to our songs and like us. We are continuously realizing this. It's embarrassing to talk about our popularity secret, but we're grateful that many people like our unique and individual stories and appearances. We plan to continue making music with our own strong, distinctive style."
Additionally, Stray Kids performed at the '2023 Billboard Music Awards' ('2023 BBMAs') held on the 19th. They are the second male group from Korea to be officially invited as performers at the 'Billboard Music Awards', one of the three major U.S. music award ceremonies, following BTS.
At the award ceremony, Stray Kids planned to showcase the title track 'ROCK' from their third full album '5-STAR' and the title track 'ROCK' from their new album 'Rock-STAR'.