Ever since Pledis Entertainment launched SEVENTEEN in 2015, things have been on the up, for the agency. SEVENTEEN have become one of K-pop’s biggest boy bands, and the agency’s new girl group, PRISTIN, appear to be following in their footsteps.
Here’s 7 reasons why PRISTIN are super rookies:
1. “Wee Woo” is a sleeper hit
It’s fair to say “Wee Woo” didn't get off to a great start on the charts. However, as the weeks went by, “Wee Woo” stuck around and became a serious sleeper hit. In another week or two, it’ll officially overtake DIA’s “On The Road” to become the highest-selling single of the Produce 101 groups.
2. No one could knock them off Melon
PRISTIN’s staying power really became clear after they managed to remain in Melon's top 100 after the release of IU’s new album, Palette. As expected, digital monster IU filled every spot at the top of the chart with all of Palette’s ten tracks, but it still wasn’t enough to push “Wee Woo” out of the top 100. It wasn’t until Monday (April 24) with the release of Hyukoh’s new album that “Wee Woo” left Melon after more than a month on the chart.
3. Their album sales are strong
In addition to being a decent digital sellers, PRISTIN are also impressing with the physical sales of their first album, Hi! Pristin. The six-track EP has sold about 24,000 copies so far, making it the second-highest selling album from the Produce 101 groups (WJSN are first). PRISTIN have even outsold albums from some established girl groups at this point.
4. “Wee Woo” is slaying YouTube
Even on YouTube, PRISTIN are slaying. The “Wee Woo” music video soared to 10 million views in a month, making it the most-watched MV from any rookie group this year (the only group higher is K.A.R.D, but they released their first single in December).
5. They write their own lyrics
Pledis Entertainment’s super successful SEVENTEEN have gained attention for helping to write and produce a lot of their own music, and PRISTIN are following suit. A handful of the members wrote the lyrics and music for their Hi! Pristin album, proving that there’s much more to PRISTIN than just pretty faces and great performances.
6. Xiyeon is Music Core’s new MC
One sign that a rookie group is becoming popular is when one member gets an MC gig on one of the major K-pop programs. Well, that’s happened for Xiyeon, who has taken over for actresses Kim Sae-ron and Lee Soo-min as the new co-host of MBC’s Music Core. The 16-year-old is now working alongside another trending rookie idol, ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo.
7. They are gaining fans fast
They only debuted in March, but PRISTIN are already amassing a sizeable fanbase. The girls currently have the 30th biggest fan cafe in China among girl groups, putting them ahead of some of their more established contemporaries. Some of this could be due to the popularity of their senior group After School in China. The girls were also flooded with admirers at their first fansign; only 100 fans were supposed to attend, but according to Koreaboo, many more showed up and the event lasted for three hours. Wow!
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