Kep1er breaks sales record with debut EP 'First Impact'
Kep1er set a new record for a K-pop girl group's debut album sales with "First Impact," its management Wakeone Entertainment and Swing Entertainment announced Monday.
According to Korea’s album sales tracker Hanteo Chart, Kep1er sold 200,000 copies of its debut EP “First Impact” in the first week after it dropped on Jan. 3. Over 150,000 copies were sold on the day of its release.
“This is a higher number of sales than any other artist who debuted in 2021 or 2022 [so far],” the girl group’s management said.
The previous record was set by IVE, which debuted on Dec. 1, 2021 and sold 152,229 copies of its debut EP “Eleven” in the first week after its release.
Kep1er’s music video for “Wa Da Da,” the lead track of “First Impact,” has also garnered more than 30 million views on YouTube as of Monday morning.
Kep1er consists of the nine finalists of Mnet’s multinational girl group audition show “Girls Planet 999,” which aired from August to October last year. Yujin, Chaehyun, Dayeon, Youngeun and Yeseo are Korean, Xiaoting is Chinese, Mashiro and Hikaru are Japanese and Huening Bahiyyih is Korean-American.
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