Wonder Girls Take 76th Spot on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart# Entertainment 2009.10.23 View : 1039
The girl band Wonder Girls has entered the Hot 100 of the U.S. Billboard chart. The group's song "Nobody," which was released in the U.S. back in June, took the 76th spot on the chart during the third week of October. The feat is meaningful because it is the first song on the chart to be produced by a Korean songwriter and be performed by a Korean band.
In early October, the Wonder Girls' album, also titled "Nobody," sold more than 30,000 copies, topping the Top Single chart. The group's agency, JYP Entertainment, struck a partnership with music record stores and an apparel company that has some 900 stores across America to sell the album.
The Wonder Girls have gained recognition in the U.S. and promoted their music. In summer, the group performed in the concert tour of the popular U.S. band Jonas Bothers in 42 cities in front of 1.5 million people. In August, the Wonder Girls performed at the Teen Choice Awards organized by Fox TV and appeared on American radio shows.
The group members said that though their songs were unfamiliar to American listeners, the Jonas Brothers' fans looked up their video clips on various blogs and sang along because "Nobody" was easy to sing. According to Mediabase, "Nobody" was played more than 65 times during a single week, taking the 107th spot.
The Wonder Girls' agency had high hopes for the group's Billboard ranking, which is determined by the number of times a song has been played and album sales. Every week, Billboard announces some 70 charts classified by genre. The Billboard 200 and the single chart Hot 100 are the main charts because they include all genres. But the Wonder Girls are not the first Korean music group to enter the main chart. Back in March, BoA's album "BoA," which was released in the U.S. early this year, took the 127th spot on the Billboard 200 in less than a week after its release.
Several Korean artists have entered Billboard's charts classified by genre. Back in 2001, Kim Bum-soo's "Hello, Goodbye, Hello," a remake of the song "Day," took the 51st spot on the Hot Single Sales chart, while Mink, who debuted in Japan and later in the U.S., topped the Hot dance Club Play chart in 2006. In 2007, the girl band S-Blush, which was managed by CJ Music, claimed the 2nd spot on the Hot Dance Club Play chart, and singer Skull from YG entertainment took the 5th spot on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart and the 7th spot on the Hot Singles Sales chart with his U.S. debut single "Boom Di Boom Di."
BoA's U.S. debut album was ranked 3rd on the Top Heatseekers chart, which is based on the album sales of new artists. The album also claimed the 5th spot on the Top Electronic Album chart, and the 11th spot on the Top Internet Album chart, which is determined by online album sales.
The Wonder Girls returned to Korea on October 22. Sun-ye had arrived earlier. The group will shoot TV commercials and prepare for its year-end concerts in China.