K-pop group EXO's latest release "EXODUS" set a new record as the best-selling K-pop album, according to Billboard on Wednesday.
Billboard said the 10-member group sold more than 6,000 LPs during the first week of its sales in the US, placing at No. 70 and No. 90 on the Top Album Sales chart and Billboard 200 chart, respectively.
"It's the largest sales week ever for a K-pop act's album in America," it said.
This tops the previous record set by EXO's six-member unit with EXO-K's "Overdose" EP, which ranked No. 129 on the Billboard 200 after selling 3,000 copies in 2014.
"EXODUS" also beat the K-pop girl group 2NE1's "Crush" EP record, which sold 5,000 copies in a week and ranked No. 61 on the Billboard 200 in 2014. 2NE1 had formerly held the record for K-pop's biggest sales by week.
A huge tug of war is anticipated between EXO and Big Bang, another highly celebrated K-pop veteran group from a rival agency.
Big Bang is slated to stage a comeback, following a nearly three-year hiatus, on May 1. The group will hold a series of worldwide concerts in 70 cities across 15 countries this year.
The Big Bang quintet previously ranked No. 150 on the Billboard 200 chart in June 2012 with its last release, "Alive," with 5,000 units sales.