It’s not uncommon for boy bands to top the charts, but it never happened for a K-pop band until now. BTS, the seven-member Korean music group, just debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 albums chart with their third studio album (and their sixth overall), “Love Yourself: Tear.” It’s their first number-one album in the US. It’s the first American number-one album for any K-pop band. And it’s the first number-one album in a primarily foreign language in 12 years.
The Billboard 200 is measured by combining traditional record sales with individual track sales and streaming performance. All in all “Tear” accumulated 135,000 equivalent album units. 100,000 of those were traditional album sales. That greatly exceeds the performance of their last album, the EP “Love Yourself: Her,” which debuted at number-seven with 31,000 units in 2017.
BTS is coming off a successful night at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on May 20. where they performed their single “Fake Love” and won Top Social Artist for the second year in a row thanks to their powerful online fan base. They also won Best Fan Army and Best Boy Band at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards and Favorite Global Music Star at the 2018 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.
The success of “Love Yourself: Tear” finally knocks Post Malone out of the top spot. The hip-hop artist had spent the last three weeks at number-one with his second album, “Beerbongs and Bentleys,” after its debut on April 27, and it has already gone platinum. It was a close contest for the top spot this week as “Beerbongs” added another 123,000 units to its tally. Post Malone was also a winner at the Billboard Awards, claiming Top Rap Song for “Rockstar” featuring 21 Savage.