1 October 2015
Hip hop music, Dance-pop
| December 24, 2015 (2015-12-24)|
MADE, Exodus, Seoulite, Rise, Made Series
Welcome Back is the first studio album by South Korean male group iKON, produced by iKON's leader B.I. The full album was initially planned to be released on November 2, 2015. On the October 27, 2015, YG Entertainment made a re-scheduling announcement stating that the release of the full album will be delayed and released on December 24, 2015, along with additional music videos than previously planned. In the meantime, two digital singles along with two accompanying music videos will be released on November 16.
According to the Gaon Music Charts, iKON topped the weekly album sales charts at the No. 1 position with their Debut Half Album - Welcome Back for the first time for the period 2015.10.04 to 2015.10.10. The first single, My Type in was released on September 15, and became a huge success, reaching to sell about 1.6 million copies in Korean and becoming one of the best selling singles of 2015.
On September 15, iKON's debut single "My Type" was released.
On October 1, iKON released the first half of Welcome Back, along with two music videos for their promotional singles "Airplane" and "Rhythm Ta." Two additional singles, "Apology" and "Anthem" were released on November 16 as part of the re-scheduling and delay of the full album release. After several delays, iKON's first studio full album was released on December 24, where "What's Wrong?" and "Dumb & Dumber" were the two title tracks.
Notably, iKON's leader B.I was involved in the production and song composition for the majority of the tracks in the full album. iKON's vocalist Koo Junhoe was revealed to be involved in the composition of "Rhythm Ta" while iKON rapper Bobby and B.I was involved in writing the lyrics to all the tracks in the full album.
Welcome Back Half Album charted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart selling 82,208 copies in its first month and 3,463 in the second month. The full album also charted at number one, with a total of 52,312 copies sold in the first month of release. In the year-end chart, the album reportedly sold a total of 117,483 copies.
On the Oricon Chart, the half album charted at 26 and full album charted at 22. On January 13, the Japanese version of the album was released and 53,207 copies was sold in the first day, debuting at the number one position on the Oricon daily chart. With a total of 61,508 copies sold in its first week of release, the Japanese album charted third on the Oricon chart. In October 2016 the album had passed the mark of 150,000 copies, and its Japanese version reached the 90,000 copies mark.
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