Kep1er’s Debut Album

Kep1er Breaks Record For Highest 1st-Day Sales Of Any Girl Group Debut Album In Hanteo History

Just one day into their career, Kep1er is already making history!

On January 3 at 6 p.m. KST, “Girls Planet 999” group Kep1er made their highly-anticipated debut with their first mini album “FIRST IMPACT” and its title track “WA DA DA.”

According to Hanteo Chart, “FIRST IMPACT” sold an impressive total of 150,153 copies on its first day of sales alone—setting a new record for the highest first-day sales of any girl group debut album in Hanteo history. Kep1er is now the only girl group ever to surpass 150,000 sales with their debut album on the first day of its release.

“FIRST IMPACT” also topped iTunes charts in numerous countries across the globe immediately upon its release. As of 10 p.m. KST on January 4, the mini album had already hit No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums charts in at least 11 different regions, including Japan, India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Mexico, Singapore, Brazil, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Kep1er, which was formed on the Mnet survival show “Girls Planet 999” last year, is a nine-member group consisting of Kim Chae Hyun, Huening Bahiyyih, Choi Yu Jin, Kim Da Yeon, Seo Yeong Eun, Kang Ye Seo, Ezaki Hikaru, Sakamoto Mashiro, and Shen Xiao Ting.

Congratulations to Kep1er on their new record!

Kep1er member Kim Chae-hyun has revealed that aespa reached out to celebrate her debut with the rookie girl group.

During a recent online showcase and press conference for Kep1er’s debut, Kim shared that the four-member girl group had sent her a message to congratulate her on her debut. Notably, Kim had trained under aespa’s current agency, SM Entertainment, for about six years before leaving for WAKEONE sometime last year.

“The aespa sunbaenims (Korean for ‘seniors’) sent me a message congratulating me and saying, ‘Soon we’ll be able to see each other in the waiting rooms at the broadcasters’.

Kim also explained that although she hasn’t seen her former labelmates recently, due to their busy schedules, she is looking forward to seeing them when their respective groups appear on TV shows in the future.

This isn’t the first time Kep1er’s debut was celebrated by seniors in the K-pop industry. Durign the press conference, member Huening Bahiyyih shared that her older brother, Tomorrow X Together’s Hueningkai, has been very supportive of her debut: “He congratulated not only me but also my teammates, too. So I’m very grateful.”

The girl group made their debut yesterday (January 3) with the track ‘Wa Da Da’, which was accompanied by a vibrant music video. It’s the lead single of their first mini-album ‘First Impact’, which also features the group’s versions of Girls Planet 999 tracks ‘Shine’, ‘Another Dream’ and ‘O.O.O’.

Prior to their debut, however, the girl group had suspended all activities after a staff member who worked with them tested positive for COVID-19. WAKEONE and Swing Entertainment soon announced that Kep1er’s debut, which was originally slated for December 14, would be postponed to 2022.

A week later, the agencies announced that members Xiao Ting and Mashiro had been diagnosed with COVID-19. They shared that the two cases were detected by a “regular PCR testing”, which had been implemented following the aforementioned staff member’s positive diagnosis. The remaining members of Kep1er had tested negative.

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