Stray Kids achieve another number one with ‘Rock-Star’

Stray Kids, the eight-member K-pop group that formed on a South Korean reality TV show, scored their fourth No. 1 in two years on the Billboard album chart, knocking Taylor Swift to No. 2 after two successful weeks at the top.

“Rock-Star”, an eight-track mini album, which includes two versions of a song called “Lalalala”, becomes Stray Kids’ last number one, selling 213,000 copies in the United States, mostly on CD, and accumulating a modest 16 million views, according to tracking service Luminate. It was available to American fans in 11 collectible CD editions, with variant packaging and goodies inside such as posters, stickers, and a photo book.

After reaching a deal in the United States in 2022 with Republic Records, also the label of Swift, Morgan Wallen, Drake and other stars, the group scored two number one albums that year (“Oddinary” and “Maxident”). , and another this summer (“5 Stars”).

Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Version),” her latest re-recording, drops to No. 2, while fearless singer-songwriter Chris Stapleton opens at No. 3 with “Higher,” which draws inspiration from the classic Memphis soul sound. Drake’s “For All the Dogs” is No. 4 and Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” is No. 5.

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