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On October 31, Billboard unveiled its weekly Billboard 200 album chart for the upcoming week of November 5. According to the official Billboard Charts Twitter account, K-pop girl groups LE SSERAFIM and (G)I-DLE have landed their first entries on the chart with their recent mini-album releases.
Rookie group LE SSERAFIM’s ‘ANTIFRAGILE’, which is led by the title track of the same name, has debuted at Number 14 on the chart. Meanwhile, (G)I-DLE’s fifth mini-album ‘I Love’, led by ‘Nxde’, has landed at Number 71. Both releases arrived on October 17 alongside music videos for their lead singles.
Debuts on this week's #Billboard200 (1/2):
#1, @taylorswift13 Midnights
#6, @ArcticMonkeys The Car
#7, #YoungBoyNeverBrokeAgain & @DJDRAMA Ma' I Got A Family (A Gangsta Grillz Special Edition Hosted By DJ Drama)
#9, @Jeezy & @DJDRAMA Snofall
#14, @le_sserafim ANTIFRAGILE
— billboard charts (@billboardcharts) October 31, 2022
LE SSERAFIM, who released their first mini-album ‘Fearless’ in May 2022, are now one of the fastest K-pop acts to land in the Billboard 200, less than half a year after their debut. Fellow HYBE group ENHYPEN also achieved the feat in a similar amount of time with their sophomore mini-album ‘Border: Carnival’, which debuted at Number 18 after its release in April 2021. The seven-member boyband debuted in November 2020.
In a four-star review of ‘ANTIFRAGILE’, NME wrote: “Showcasing the best of LE SSERAFIM’s abilities while remaining faithful to their core value of fearlessly forging ahead in all they do, ‘ANTIFRAGILE’ is a strong first comeback that hints at even brighter days to come.”
Meanwhile, (G)I-DLE’s ‘I Love’ arrived shortly after the quintet wrapped up their ‘Just Me ( )I-DLE’ world tour. The six-track record contained songs produced and written by members Jeon So-yeon, Minnie and Yuqi. In a three-star review of the record, NME’s Tanu I. Raj praised ‘I Love’ for its Old Hollywood concept, but wrote that “unimaginative arrangements overshadow their progress.”