South Korean boy band BTS has enjoyed 10 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
By Anna Kim
BTS’s third studio album, “Love Yourself: Tear,” has stayed on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the 10th consecutive week, although it was down 12 notches this week, ranking 61st.
This record-breaking album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 on June 2nd chart and has been on the chart ever since. It was the first K-pop album to hit No. 1, which led South Korean President Moon Jae-In to congratulate BTS on Twitter, leaving a note “Congratulations to the seven music-loving boys and their wings, “ARMY,” the group’s fan base. The songs, choreography, dreams, and enthusiasm of BTS energize young people around the world.”
The album’s carrier single “Fake Love” also debuted on Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 10. The track Fake Love becomes the 17th non-English-language song to have hit the chart’s top 10. We can’t miss the fact that BTS topped the Social 50 charts as an artist. It is also No 1. on World Albums, No. 13 on Top Current Albums, No. 14 on Top Album Sales and No. 41 on Billboard Canadian Albums. BTS also earned its first No. 1 song on the Digital Song chart as "Fake Love" launches at the top spot. In the Albums Chart, "Love Yourself: Tear" sold a whopping 1.75 million copies in the first half of the year since its release on May 18th. It is the only album in Korea to have sold one million copies this year. Given BTS’ popularity, the album is likely to make more than 2 million in sales by the end of the year. What a record-breaking K-pop group!
This record hit of BTS has also been happening worldwide among its fandom, as a growing army of British and American fans have come to love the boy band as well. In fact, the BBC News website ran a story about a 23-year-old named Stephanie Fairfield, who had uprooted her life in Scotland and moved 5,000 miles to Seoul in order to be closer to the K-pop boy band BTS. Given the fact that Western audiences have traditionally been resistant to K-pop, this incredible fandom phenomenon seems uncanny. Admittedly, Fairfield was an extreme example of how the British and American masses have come to have a fondness for BTS. However, their last album went gold in the US---unprecedented for a K-pop band---while their next London shows involve two nights at the 20,000-capacity O2 Arena, which everyone expects to sell out, the cheapest tickets selling at $83 a pop.
Furthermore, in South Korea they’re so popular that their fan club apparently has a waiting list, prospective members being required to buy a certain amount of merchandise before they’re allowed to join. That being said, no wonder that other fans like avid Fairfield would continue to proliferate.
Meanwhile, the repackaged album “Love Yourself: Answer,” a sequel to the mega hit song "Love Yourself: Tear", is set to release on Aug. 24th and topped over 1.5 million in preorder sales in Korea in July. BTS is poised to set off for 15 cities across the world on their “Love Yourself” world tour, starting in Seoul later this month and including Los Angeles, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Paris, Tokyo, and Osaka.
BTS’s third studio album, “Love Yourself: Tear,” has stayed on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the 10th consecutive week.