Rookie group aespa has attained new heights on the Billboard charts with their new single "Next Level"!
On May 17, SM Entertainment's new girl group, aespa, made their first comeback with a new single, titled "Next Level," together with the music video.
aespa's "Next Level" is a remake of the original soundtrack of the movie "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw." The quartet recreated the OST into a hip-hop dance song with a lively bass riff and groovy rapping.
aespa's Comeback Song 'Next Level' Debuts on Three Billboard Charts Dated May 29
On May 24, Billboard updated their website to reveal the songs and albums of all genres that made it to this week's charts. Rookie group aespa - consisting of Karina, Giselle, Winter, and Ningning - entered a total of three Billboard charts with their new single "Next Level."
On the Billboard Global 200 chart, aespa's "Next Level" secured the No. 97 spot. This is 86 places higher than the 183rd position recorded by their debut song "Black Mamba."
Billboard Global 200 ranks the top 200 songs based on sales and streams accumulated from over 200 territories all over the world, including the United States.
aespa also entered the Billboard Global Excl. US, which is similar to the Billboard Global 200, but the only difference is the songs' activity in the US is not tallied.
On the Billboard Global Excl. US, "Next Level" by Ningning, Karina, Winter, and Giselle ranked 54th. This is also their second time to enter the chart, after "Black Mamba."
"Black Mamba" entered at No. 100 on the Billboard Global Excl. US, meaning "Next Level" is 46 steps from aespa's debut song.
Nevertheless, aespa's "Black Mamba" remains the highest-ranking debut track by a K-pop artist on the Billboard Global Excl. US.
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In addition to this, "Next Level" became the third entry of aespa on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales Chart, following "Black Mamba" and "Forever." For this week's rankings, the track debuted at No. 3, becoming the second top 10 of the rookie group.
aespa's "Black Mamba" debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard chart. Meanwhile, "Forever" missed the top 10 by just one spot this past February.
"Next Level" is now aespa's highest-charting song on these three Billboard charts: Billboard Global 200, Billboard Global Excl. US, and World Digital Song Sales.
aespa's 'Next Level' Enters Domestic and International Charts + Music Video Hits over 75 Million Views
In addition to the Billboard charts, aespa's comeback song "Next Level" also landed on domestic and international music charts. The track took the No. 1 spot on major charts in South Korea, such as Bugs and Genie, immediately after it was released.
As of May 26 at 11 a.m. KST, "Next Level" sits at No. 4 on Bugs and FLO, No. 5 on Genie, and No. 6 on MelOn 24Hits.
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aespa's new single also ranked first on China's largest music sites: QQ Music, Kuwo Music, and Kugou Music.
Regarding the music video for aespa's "Next Level," the MV has already surpassed 75 million views in almost nine days since its release. As of press time, the music video has 79.1 million views.
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Written by Mhaliya Scott