NewJeans continues to make history!
Korea’s largest music streaming site, Melon, recently released their January 2023 monthly chart, showing NewJeans in all three of the top 100 spots! Their latest pre-release track “Ditto” jumped eight spots to No. 1, while “OMG” debuted at No. 2 and “Hype Boy,” from the group’s debut EP, came in at No. 3.
Melon’s monthly graph reflects usage of the service over the past month, and the ranking is based on streaming (40 percent) and downloads (60 percent). Given the time period covered by this chart, it takes consistent popularity to enter Melon’s monthly top 100, which makes NewJeans’ achievement that much more impressive.
Before NewJeans, only two other artists were able to land in the top three monthly Melon charts. MC Mong did so in November 2014 with three songs from his fifth studio album “MISS ME OR DISS ME”. In April 2012, Busker Busker became the first act ever to achieve this feat, with “Cherry Blossom Ending”, “First Love” and “Yeosu Night Sea” from their debut album.
In addition to now being the only female artist to achieve this feat, NewJeans are also the first ever idol group to do so. Unlike MC Mongo and Busker Busker, who occupied the top three with songs from the same studio album, NewJeans managed this feat with only one album and a song that is half a year old.
Just six months since their debut, NewJeans have seen incredible success with their two albums, becoming a million seller for the first time with ‘OMG’ and collecting a total of an impressive 15 music show trophies. Their success extends beyond Korea, with the group recently reaching their highest peak on Billboard’s Hot 100 with “OMG” at #79. NewJeans is the fastest K-pop group to score multiple entries on the Hot 100, and only the third K-pop group to spend three weeks on the chart.