TXT’s ‘Freeze’ debuts at No. 5 on Billboard 200

Published June 14, 2021, 11:56 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

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K-pop boy band TXT (Tomorrow X Together) debuted at No. 5 on Billboard 200, their highest ranking on the chart since debut. 

Billboard reported on June 13 that TXT grabbed the “first top 10 album on the Billboard 200, as ‘The Chaos Chapter: Freeze’ debuts at No. 5 with 43,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, album sales comprise 39,000, SEA units comprise 4,000 (equaling 6.42 million on-demand streams of the album’s eight tracks) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum.”

It added, “Like most K-pop releases, the CD edition of the album was issued in multiple collectible packages (four, including a Target-exclusive edition), each with assorted internal paper goods and randomized elements (photocard, postcard). A hefty 96% of the album’s sales came from the CD editions, while the remaining 4% were from the digital album.”

With this, TXT broke their own record, surpassing the ranking of their last album “Minisode1: Blue Hour,” which placed 25th on the Nov. 21, 2020-dated Billboard 200 chart. 

TXT’s new ranking is included in the June 19-dated chart. According to Billboard, “The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units.” 

“Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album,” it explained. 

In a press statement to Korean media, Big Hit Music said TXT’s No. 5 placement is the highest ranking on Billboard 200 recorded by an album of a  K-pop artist this year to date. 

In last week’s Billboard charts, “The Chaos Chapter: Freeze” ranked fourth on the World Albums chart and 64th on the Top Current Album Sales Chart. 

The carrier track “0X1=LOVESONG (I Know I Love You)” featuring Seori ranked 113th on Billboard Global Excl. US, 167th on Billboard Global 200 and third on World Digital Song Sales Chart.