BIGBANG continues to make an impact with their latest release, “Alive.” Most recently, the group won their first mutizen of 2012 with “Blue” on MNET’s “M! Countdown” without officially promoting the track. BIGBANG further sets the standard for K-Pop groups as their influence extends beyond Asia to the world. It has been announced that BIGBANG made it onto the U.S. Billboard 200 charts. Earlier, the group topped the Billboard K-Pop charts and has now made it onto the U.S. charts. BIGBANG’s album “Alive” has debuted on the chart at #150, one spot above Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0.” The Billboard 200 charts are made up of the week’s top-selling albums across all genres and ranked by sales data which has been compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. BIGBANG sets another record as this marks the first time a K-Pop group has achieved such an honor. It is quite impressive as the group has not promoted the album in the U.S. and the fact that it is a Korean language album. At this time, the group does not have plans for an English language album or full U.S. promotions.
The effect of BIGBANG carries on as it is felt throughout the charts domestically and abroad placing #4 on the Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, #22 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart, and #4 on Billboard’s World Albums chart. The members may have had a rough ending to 2011 but 2012 is a brand new start full of hope for the group. Ever since BIGBANG captured the MTV EMA Award away from pop queen Britney Spears, the group has been on a roll breaking hearts and taking names against international music’s biggest acts. If anyone had doubted BIGBANG’s abilities and the influence of K-Pop on the world music scene they better prepare to eat their words.
Congratulations to BIGBANG on this and all of their achievements thus far!