BTS’s “Love Yourself: Tear” Chosen As One Of Billboard’s 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far

Critics at Billboard have put together a list of the “50 Best Albums of 2018 (So Far),” and it includes BTS’s “Love Yourself: Tear”!

BTS’s latest album “Love Yourself: Tear” was released on May 18 and has been a huge hit, even becoming the first Korean album to take the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s top albums chart, the Billboard 200.

On Billboard’s new list of critics’ favorite albums of 2018 so far (which is organized alphabetically without rank), BTS’s “Love Yourself: Tear” is the only Korean album on the list, and it was named alongside albums by artists including Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Justin Timberlake, Post Malone, Shawn Mendes, and The Weeknd.

Billboard described BTS’s “Love Yourself: Tear” as “one of their most thematically cohesive yet sonically varied albums, with maximalist production erupting against lyrics about emptiness.” Billboard wrote, “The album’s kaleidoscopic genre-hopping is exemplified by the emo-inflected lead single, ‘Fake Love’ — which is not so much a departure as an addendum to the septet’s sound.”

In addition to BTS’s success on the Billboard 200 with this release, they’ve also achieved impressive rankings on other Billboard charts. “Fake Love” entered Billboard’s top songs chart the Hot 100 at the highest debut ranking for a song by a Korean artist when it came in at No. 10, and currently remains on the chart in its second week, now at No. 51. After the release of “Love Yourself: Tear,” BTS became the first Korean artist to top Billboard’s Artist 100 chart, while the album has now been at No. 1 on the World Albums chart for two weeks.

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