BTS Tops Billboard 200 With “Map Of The Soul: 7” After Achieving Biggest Week Of Any Group In The Past 4 Years
BTS has made Billboard history once again with their latest album!
On March 1 local time, Billboard officially announced that BTS’s new album “Map of the Soul: 7” had debuted at No. 1 on its famous Top 200 Albums chart, its weekly ranking of the most popular albums in the United States.
According to Billboard, “Map of the Soul: 7” earned an impressive 422,000 equivalent album units during the week ending on February 27, achieving the biggest week of any album released in 2020 thus far. The album’s total score consisted of 347,000 traditional album sales, 26,000 track equivalent album (TEA) units, and 48,000 streaming equivalent album (SEA) units—which translates to 74.7 million on-demand audio streams in the album’s first week.
Not only did “Map of the Soul: 7” achieve the highest one-week sales of any album released this year and break BTS’s personal U.S. sales records, but it also scored the biggest week of any album released by a group since One Direction’s “Made in the A.M.” back in 2015.
“Map of the Soul: 7” is BTS’s fourth album to enter the chart at No. 1, making BTS the first—and so far, only—Korean artist in history to top the Billboard 200 with four different albums.
Notably, it took the group just over one year and nine months to achieve the feat: BTS began their streak with “Love Yourself: Tear” in 2018, then continued it with “Love Yourself: Answer” and “Map of the Soul: Persona.”
The last group to top the Billboard 200 with four different albums so quickly was The Beatles, who hit No. 1 four times between July 30, 1966 and January 6, 1968; and the last group to rack up their first four No. 1s so quickly was The Monkees, who took one year and 21 days to achieve the feat from November 12, 1966 to December 2, 1967.
Congratulations to BTS on another amazing achievement!