BTS Becomes The First Group to Earn Two No. 1 Albums in 2020

It is no surprise that BTS have 2 no. 1 ALBUMS in 2020! A year that has been gloomy yet BTS have created music that is bringing comfort to people around the world. Topping charts has been a regular occurrence for BTS who have always created music with a purpose. Even their 6 year Album “Skool Luv Affair” returned on the Billboard charts a few weeks back and even charted all the songs in the Album! telling how impactful their music is in the world.

The Albums “Map Of The Soul: 7” and “BE” have given BTS that achievement of having 2 no. 1 albums in 2020. Their self produced album “BE” was released on 20th November 2020 with their lead single “Life Goes On”. “BE” debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 242,000 album-equivalent units, including 177,000 sales, becoming BTS’s fifth number-one album in the United States.

As a result, BTS became the fastest group to earn five number-one albums since the Beatles between 1966 and 1968. BTS also became the first group to have two chart-topping albums in the country in 2020, and the second act overall following YoungBoy “Never Broke Again.”

“BE” debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart behind Michael Ball and Alfie Boe’s “Together At Christmas.” This became BTS’ fourth top ten album in the country. In Ireland, the album topped the Irish Albums Chart, becoming the band’s second number-one album in the country following “Map of the Soul: 7”.

By doing so, BTS became the first group in eight years to have two number-one albums in the same calendar year since One Direction in 2012, and also the first act since Ed Sheeran in 2017. “BE” has just started its record breaking streak which means there are a gazillion other records that “BE” will be breaking soon!

“Map Of The Soul: 7” Album has been topping charts and selling millions of albums. The album was released on February 21, 2020. It is even greater because BTS said that the Album represented their 7 years’ journey in music and their friendship. With “Map of The Soul: 7”, BTS became the first foreign artist in 36 years to top Japan’s mid-year Oricon Albums Chart ranking, since Michael Jackson with Thriller in 1984. With” Map of the Soul: 7″, BTS became the first Asian group to top the album charts in the top five music markets in the world—the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and France.

According to Dreamus, the distributor for “Map of the Soul: 7”, stock preorders for the album surpassed 3.42 million copies over the first six days of the pre-order period, overtaking the group’s own record set with “Map of the Soul: Persona’s” 2.68 million pre-orders. On February 6, Forbes reported that the album had surpassed 4 million pre-orders worldwide. By February 18, album pre-orders had crossed 4.02 million.

“Map of the Soul: 7” debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 422,000 album-equivalent units, including 347,000 pure album sales, becoming BTS’s fourth number-one album in the country and the highest first-week figures of BTS’s albums in the US to date. It also marked the biggest first week sales for an album in 2020. The album outsold the next six highest-ranking albums on the Billboard 200 combined

In South Korea, the album debuted atop the Gaon Album Chart, giving BTS their thirteenth number one. The album sold over 2.65 million copies in its first six hours and a record-breaking 3.37 million copies in its first week, achieving the highest first week sales in Hanteo Chart history and surpassing their previous record of 2.13 million copies with Map of the Soul: Persona; it outsold the next nineteen best-selling albums of 2020 combined.

In under nine days of the album’s release, “Map of the Soul: 7” sold 4.1 million copies, marking the highest sales achieved by an album in a month and over a single year in the Gaon Album Chart’s history, surpassing the monthly and annual sales of Map of the Soul: Persona and making it the best-selling album in the history of South Korea.

“Map Of The Soul: 7” is also the first Korean album to sell more than 4 million copies since Gaon Chart’s inception. In April, it became the first album certified as “Quadruple Million” by Gaon since the body implemented certifications in 2018; BTS are the only artist to achieve this.

Following the release of “Map of the Soul: 7”, BTS became the best-selling artist in South Korea of all time, having sold 20.32 million albums cumulatively. In the United Kingdom, “Map Of The Soul: 7” debuted atop the Official Albums Chart giving the group their second consecutive number one. It moved around 36,000 units, with 32,000 being from pure sales.

“Map Of The Soul: 7” album is certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 60,000 copies in the country. The album also debuted atop the German albums chart, making BTS the first Asian group to top the chart, it debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart, making BTS the Korean artist to score a number one in that country.

“Map Of The Soul:7” debuted at number one on Australia’s ARIA Albums Chart becoming BTS’ fifth top ten entry, and their second consecutive number one following “Map of the Soul: Persona” and in France, it debuted at number one on the SNEP Albums Chart, moving 23,502 equivalent units, making the group’s first number one in that country.

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