BTS Becomes 1st Foreign Artist To Top Oricon’s Year-End Album Chart Since Michael Jackson 37 Years Ago

BTS has become the first foreign group in history ever to top Oricon’s year-end album chart!

On December 22, Oricon—the largest music statistics site in Japan—officially announced that BTS had topped its year-end album rankings for 2021 with their Japanese compilation album “BTS, THE BEST.”

For this year’s rankings, Oricon compiled sales data within Japan from December 28, 2020 to December 20, 2021, and according to their calculations, “BTS, THE BEST” was the best-selling album of the year with 993,000 copies sold in Japan.

Not only is BTS now the first foreign group ever to top Oricon’s year-end album chart, but they are also the first foreign artist to achieve the feat since Michael Jackson 37 years ago, when he topped the 1984 chart with “Thriller.”

“BTS, THE BEST” also previously broke the Oricon record for the highest first-week sales by a foreign male artist earlier this year. In its announcement, Oricon stated, “‘BTS, THE BEST’ also sold 782,000 copies in its first week and debuted at No. 1 on the weekly album chart (for the week of June 28), setting a new record for the highest first-week sales of any foreign male artist.”

Congratulations to BTS on their historic achievement!

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