WINNER made their long-awaited comeback with "Fate Number For" yesterday, and the boys have already made a huge splash on the worldwide iTunes music charts!
Just a few hours after the release of "Fate Number For" and the two MVs for "Really Really" and "Fool," YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk shared a screenshot on Instagram of the album's instant success on the iTunes charts, which managed to hit No.1 in 18 countries. In the hours since Yang Hyun Suk posted up his screenshot, WINNER's new album has managed to top the iTunes charts in 3 more countries, bringing the total up to 21, as well as charting at a very respectable No.10 in the United States.
WINNER are also doing very well domestically, with "Really Really" and "Fool" nabbing the No.1 and No.2 spots on seven of the eight major South Korean music charts.
A big congrats to WINNER for smashing music charts everywhere with "Fate Number For!"
While WINNER must undoubtedly be happy with the success of their comeback so far, the group haven't forgotten about their recently departed member, Nam Tae-hyun.
In a new interview, the boys opened up about how Tae-hyun's departure affected the group, with Seungyoon saying that WINNER had to move on for the fans despite being worried about Tae-hyun's health.
“Nam Tae-hyun couldn’t continue with us due to health reasons. It’s true that it was a hard time for us. Rather than thinking lightly of it, we were worried about our fans, since we had lots of fans who supported him. Also, he had been doing a good job as the main vocalist, so we were also concerned about that. But we can’t spend all of our time worrying, and we decided that we shouldn’t make our fans wait anymore, so we got right into working on music for a comeback. We worked hard to improve our individual skills so that fans wouldn’t feel like there’s an empty spot. We had no choice but to become better.”
Elaborating on what has changed musically, Jinwoo says that he's taken on more vocal parts and has been focused on improving himself to make up for Tae-hyun's departure.
“I got more vocal parts after Nam Tae-hyun left, so I thought hard about how I could do a good job in them. I focused mostly on [improving] my vocals. I received lessons when I wasn’t working, and I recorded the song multiple times. I just kept practicing and practicing.”
Despite WINNER now being a four-member group, Seungyoon hopes fans won't forget the time when WINNER had five members and is wishing that everyone will continue to support the group.
“Now we’re four, so we have to accept that. I think in our fans’ hearts, it will forever be the five of us. I don’t want to erase the five-member WINNER, but please support us as four members as well.”
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