BTS earns first No. 1 K-Pop album on Billboard 200 chart

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K-pop group BTS debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart on Monday, with its new album, Love Yourself: Tear—making BTW the first K-pop group to take the top spot on the American charts.

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.”

https://twitter.com/zachsang1/status/1001137481109069825

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

Tess Cagle

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.