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  • Stray Kids members credited their fans for their international success
  • "Oddinary" reportedly sold 103,000 copies in its first sales week 
  • "We think that it is a very good experience for us," said Bang Chan

The eight-member K-pop group Stray Kids has vowed they will work harder as a way to thank their fans after their new album, "Oddinary," ranked No. 1 on Billboard 200 albums chart following its release in March.

Stray Kids made headlines last week after "Oddinary" debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, making the boy band only the third K-pop act to debut at the peak of the chart. The other two are BTS and SuperM.

"It is unbelievable," group leader Bang Chan told Forbes. "We heard the news not too long ago and we were awestruck. We didn't know what to say. We were all to each other like, 'Did this really actually happen?' We were looking at the article and we were kinda shaking and everything. It was just unreal. One thing is for sure — the reason why we could get these results was definitely because of how beautiful and lovely STAYs [are]. So a really big thank you to everyone out there who showed their love and support for our latest album."

The seven-song "Oddinary" outsold other albums — 103,000 copies flew off the shelves in the first sales week after it was launched on March 18, Forbes reported. It is rare for any act to debut at the top on their first try but Stray Kids has built enough following in the past few years since they won a talent reality show formed by JYP Entertainment in 2017. The music label also recently forged a partnership with Republic Records to promote the music of Stray Kids in the U.S.

"Being able to reach that level itself, we're really honored. We think that it is a very good experience for us," Bang Chan, who was raised in Australia, added.

The 24-year-old singer/songwriter earlier revealed that they combined the words "odd" and "ordinary" for the title of the album to tell fans that "being odd is completely normal."

The singer, who mostly translates the replies of his bandmates to English, added, "Honestly, we try not to think about it too much because we wanna focus on what we're doing right now."

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