WINNER Already Won The Game

[by Nawael Khelil] YG Entertainment’s new group, WINNER, is already sweeping the charts not only in Korea but also in Asia.

According to August 13’s iTunes’s music charts, WINNER’s debut album ‘2014 S/S’ hit the first place in five countries: Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and Indonesia. What is also surprising is that they entered the US chart as well, hitting the 39th place already. That’s a great job for some newbies.

As for Korea, the title track ‘Empty’ is a huge success. Not only this one song but also the whole album is receiving an amazing response from the public, taking over the country’s most relevant music portals : olleh music, genie, bugs or daum, of which top 10 had turn into ‘2014 s/s’ tracklist on August 12. A one-of-a-kind-achievement.

The next day, the music video of ‘Empty’ is still first on Melon, Olleh Music, Mnet, Bugs, Daum, Naver, Soribada, Monkey3 and Genie; while between 3 and 8 songs from the album are still ruling the regular charts.

Members of the WINNER gave their opinions on these striking results through YG’s homepage. Kang Seung Yoon said that “I am still dazed by these unexpected results! It made me think that I should work even harder to repay you the support and love that you gave us”. On a similar note, Song Min Ho added “This is so overwhelming! Thank you so much, really! Here I am dumbfounded. Fighting more more more and more!”

As for Nam Tae Hyun and Kim Jin Woo, they respectively said “I would never have believed that!” and “This is great. Amazing. I will work harder and make a lot of efforts!”

Last but not least, Lee Sung Hoon wrapped it up saying that “I am really happy for our friends Lee Hi and Akdong Musicians, whose results were different from what rookies usually achieve. But this is also very pressuring. Our results are as huge as the efforts we put in this work so these long hours were worth it and I am so thankful to everyone who waited for us for so long! I’m so happy!”

Meanwhile, WINNER will start promoting its first singles ‘Empty’ and ‘Color Ring’ on SBS Inkigayo’s stage on August 17. (photo by YG Entertainment)

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