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The album, released on May 18, accumulated 135,000 album units—which is a combination of online streams and album sales—by May 24, according to Billboard. Of all those units, 100,000 were traditional album sales.
Fans were understandably ecstatic on Twitter on Monday.
“Congratulations to the Seven Music-loving Boys and Their Wings, ‘ARMY’,” the president of the Republic of Korea tweeted. “The songs, dance, dreams and enthusiasm of BTS energized and gave strength to young people around the world.”
Congratulations to the Seven Music-loving Boys and Their Wings, ‘ARMY’!— 문재인 (@moonriver365) May 28, 2018
The songs, dance, dreams and enthusiasm of BTS energized and gave strength to young people around the world. https://t.co/6ZL4XdrZVv
[NEWS]— 민지 (@minmeraki) May 28, 2018
The cultural minister in Korea has delivered his congrates to BTS for achieving the first K-pop act ever to be first on the Billboard top 200. With the seven boys enthusiastic, efforts and hot passion they hope K-pop will begin to be loved worldwidepic.twitter.com/5H2pHy0K0V
BTS getting #1 on Billboard Hot 200 is not a historic moment for korean artists only but also for every foreign this will make people realize that Music has no language barrier @BTS_twt— ` (@Armys__Crew) May 28, 2018
I'm laughing my ass off at how BTS were inactive for half a year and turned down big ass gigs to cut their bangs with kitchen shears or to play with their dogs and then BAM they just casually comeback as thr best selling foreign language artists on Billboard.— kookadooks | 10 @ HOT 100 (@MochiManggae) May 28, 2018
I'm so happy for BTS & ARMY. Your boys worked very hard for this & you pushed them from behind to get them to the top of billboard 200 chart. This isn't a small thing. This is huge so congratulations to the best boyband in the world and to their hardworking fans. #LYTear1onBB200— LilyAnne (@lilyannilly) May 28, 2018
Additionally, Love Yourself: Tear is only the second K-pop album to hit the Billboard 200. The only other K-pop album to do so was BTS’ own Love Yourself: Her, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 last October.
Love Yourself: Tear is also the first primarily foreign-language No. 1 album in more than 12 years to earn the distinction, according to Billboard. The last time that happened, it was classical vocal quartet Il Divo’s Ancora album topping the chart on Feb. 11, 2006.
Tess Cagle is a reporter who focuses on politics, lifestyle, and streaming entertainment. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Texas Monthly, the Austin American-Statesman, Damn Joan, and Community Impact Newspaper. She’s also a portrait, events, and live music photographer in Central Texas.