BOYNEXTDOOR has shattered records with their latest release, HOW?, which soared to the top of domestic and international music charts. According to Hanteo Chart, the album sold a whopping 397,090 copies on the day it dropped. This marks a substantial 30% increase from the first-day sales of their last mini-album, WHY.., which sold 302,203 copies. 

HOW?’s first-week sales totaled 649,361 copies. The increase in first-week sales from WHY.. to HOW? is approximately 69.95%. Impressive, huh?

Earth, Wind & Fire – BOYNEXTDOOR [Music Bank] | KBS WORLD TV 240426

The international reception has been equally enthusiastic, with HOW? hitting number one on the iTunes Top Albums chart in five countries and regions, including Hungary, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines. HOW? serves as the final installment of BOYNEXTDOOR’s “First Love Story Trilogy,” exploring relatable tales of first love experiences, from the excitement of initial encounters to the bittersweet farewells.

The album’s title track, “Earth, Wind & Fire,” debuted at No. 89 on Melon’s real-time Top 100 chart on April 15 and climbed to No. 63 by midnight. This marked the first time BOYNEXTDOOR cracked Melon’s Top 100. It’s a significant achievement that highlights the growing public interest in the group and their music. Also, the song reached No. 10 on the Bugs real-time chart and No. 62 on the Genie real-time chart, setting new records for the group on both platforms. 

BOYNEXTDOOR is on a roll

Other tracks from the album have also received positive feedback, entering the real-time charts on Bugs and Genie, except for the English version of the title track. 

To date, “Earth, Wind, & Fire” has won three music shows, the latest being Music Bank. BOYNEXTDOOR beat ILLIT’s “Magnetic” on this week’s episode of the KBS2 music show. Zico’s boys took the win with a grand total of 11,210 points. 

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Adding to the excitement, HYBE Labels chairman Bang Si-Hyuk made a surprise visit to the group’s first-ever pop-up store at The Hyundai Seoul on April 19. Bang Si-Hyuk took a guided tour of the pop-up space, taking photos and videos of the various displays. The pop-up store, dubbed “BOYNEXTDOOR Ground in The Hyundai Seoul,” will remain open until April 28.

With their new album charting well and “Earth, Wind, & Fire” going viral, it’s clear that BOYNEXTDOOR is on a roll. Congrats, boys! – K-Pop News Writer

Featured Image: On the heels of their chart success, BOYNEXTDOOR won first place on Music Bank. Source: X/@BOYNEXTDOOR_KOZ