Stray Kids Tops Billboard 200 with 'Rock-Star', Surpassing Taylor Swift

Published November 20, 2023

K-pop sensation Stray Kids have climbed to the top of the Billboard 200 chart with their mini album 'Rock-Star', claiming the No. 1 spot and pushing Taylor Swift's updated version of '1989' down to second place.

Stray Kids' Chart-Topping Success

Formed via a reality TV show in South Korea, the eight-member band Stray Kids continues their impressive streak on the music charts, achieving their fourth No. 1 title within two years. Their latest hit, an eight-track collection, has been particularly popular, selling 213,000 copies predominantly in CD format, complemented by 16 million streams. Notably, 'Rock-Star' was offered in 11 distinct collectible CD editions for American fans, featuring an assortment of extras such as posters and sticker sheets.

The Competition on the Charts

Stray Kids' recent alliance with Republic Records seems to have paid off, with multiple albums reaching the apex of the charts. Following their success, Taylor Swift's '1989 (Taylor’s Version)' settles for the runner-up position. Other noteworthy chart positions include Chris Stapleton's 'Higher' landing at No. 3, Drake's 'For All the Dogs' at No. 4, and Morgan Wallen's 'One Thing at a Time' holding strong at No. 5.

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