Seventeen’s newest EP FML is the most-preordered K-pop album

Oliver Chan

| April 26, 2023
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Seventeen. Photo: Pledis Entertainment

Seventeen’s newest album drop was a record-breaking one.

The boy band released their 10th EP, titled FML, on Monday (24 Apr).

On that day alone, it sold nearly 4 million copies, according to several music industry sources, The Korea Times reported.

The sources said: “FML sold about 3,998,300 copies less than 24 hours after its release”. The data was initially drawn from Hanteo Charts, a local tracker of album sales.

This is a huge feat for the thirteen-piece outfit, who made their debut back in 2015.

The record for the most-preordered K-pop album was last held by K-pop powerhouse BTS. The septet sold 3,378,600 copies of their Map of the Soul: 7 (2020) album in the first week of its release.

BTS took the second to fourth positions for the most pre-ordered K-pop albums while Tomorrow X Together (TXT) ranked fifth.

It’s noteworthy that all the three groups in the top five are from music labels under Hybe Corporation.

The last we heard from the group was from its subunit BSS (Seventeen), comprising members DK, Hoshi, and Seungkwan. The trio dropped Fighting (2023) in February, a track known for its positive and contagious energy.

Seventeen’s most recent album drop, FML, consists of a total of six tracks.

It is the band’s first album to be led with two title tracks – F*ck My Life (2023) and Super (2023).

The album might give off a seemingly pessimistic impression due to its title. But it actually hopes to convey a positive message: don’t give up even even the most difficult of times.


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