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From left: Ten, Baekhyun, Lucas, Taemin, Taeyong, Kai, and Mark of SuperM photographed on Sept. 12, 2019 at Teo Studio in Seoul. A little over two months ago, the world didn’t even know about K-pop group SuperM. Yet this week the seven-piece band turned heads when it landed a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with its first-ever LP, The 1st Mini Album , driven almost entirely by album sales. It’s a stunning achievement for the project, which was only just announced in August as a partnership between Korean label giant SM Entertainment and Capitol Music Group (and distributed by Caroline). And it’s no fluke. In the first major attempt to push a K-pop act foremost in the U.S. market, the... Full story

19 October