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Billboard Explains: Stray Kids’ Chart Success

Leave it to Stray Kids to keep the hits coming! On Friday (May 10), the Billboard Music Award-winning K-pop group released its new Charlie Puth-assisted single, “Lose My Breath,” marking the group’s third single of 2024. In celebration of the new release, Billboard is looking back on the boy band’s impressive chart history.

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Stray Kids made its Billboard chart debut back in 2017 with “Hellevator,” which eventually peaked at No. 6 on World Digitial Song Sales. That spunky track became the group’s first of 27 top 10 hits on the chart, including four chart-toppers. 2021’s “Mixtape: Oh,” became their first song to top the ranking, and the following year, they added two additional No. 1 hits with “Maniac” and “Case 143.” 2023’s “Lalalala” is the group’s most recent track to reach the summit.

“Lalalala” also served as Stray Kids’ first Billboard Hot 100, topping out at No. 90. Over on the Billboard 200, SKZ has achieved remarkable success. All four of the group’s charting projects — 2022’s Maxident and Stray Kids Mini Album: Oddinary (EP) and 2023’s Rock-Star and 5-Star — debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s all-genre albums chart. Stray Kids is the first act to send its first four charting albums to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since Alicia Keys (2001-2007).

On the Billboard Global 200, the boy band has notched seven entries, including its sole top 10, “Lalalala” (No. 10) in 2023.

With their new Charlie Puth collab set to ignite the charts soon, Stray Kids is on track to continue adding to its arsenal of Billboard chart achievements.

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