K-pop group Treasure’s new album sells 181,000 copies; No. 1 in 30 countries on iTunes

Published February 17, 2022, 10:46 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

K-pop boy band Treasure sold nearly 181,000 copies of their new album “The Second Step: Chapter One.”

Treasure released the album on Feb. 15 and according to YG Entertainment, it topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 30 countries and territories including Japan, Spain, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Thailand.

K-pop boy band Treasure (Twitter)

On the Hanteo Chart in South Korea, “The Second Step: Chapter One” sold 180,859 copies in two days and topped the daily album chart.

“The Second Step: Chapter One” debuted at No. 1 on the Hanteo Chart with 167,024 copies sold on Feb. 15 followed by 13,835 on the second day on Feb. 16. It grabbed the No. 1 spot on the album chart for the two days.

YG Entertainment announced last month that “The Second Step: Chapter One” garnered 600,000 copies in pre-orders during the first eight days of reservation.

On YouTube, the music video for the album’s lead track “Jikjin” (a Korean word which means “go straight”) has garnered 15 million views as of writing since it was released on Feb. 15. YG Entertainment poured in 500 million won ($418,000) for the music video production.

During their press conference for the new album last Feb. 15, Treasure said they felt pressure as they are the first YG Entertainment artist to make a comeback this year.

“We were preparing for this comeback with great excitement, and we found our we were the first YG artist to make a comeback this year because people around us told us. There’s of course concerns and pressure about pulling this off, but we worked really hard for this comeback to live up to expectations,” said Jihoon, according to YG Life.

Choi Hyun-suk said their new album will show “a more mature side of us. While monitoring our audio recordings, I realized the tone of our voices have changed and became more mature. I felt the difference at that point, and I also thought we’re changing as well along with the changes in our concepts”.

They are set to hold their first concert since debut on April 9 and 10 at the Seoul Olympic Hall.

 
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