BTS’ Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, V, Jimin and Jungkook, originally a hip hop group, their musical style has evolved to include a wide range of genres. Their lyrics, often focused on personal and social commentary, touch on the themes of mental health, troubles of school-age youth, loss, the journey towards loving oneself, and individualism. Their work features references to literature and psychological concepts and includes an alternative universe storyline. BTS have released several albums and performed on several world tours and now they have officially earned Five No. 1 Albums in just over two years six months. The last group to tally five No. 1s faster was The Beatles, who earned five No. 1s in just under two years and five months with “Yesterday” and “Today” (July 30, 1966) and “The White Album” (Dec. 28, 1968). BTS’ albums to reach no. 1 include; “Love Yourself: Tear,” “Love Yourself: Answer,” “Map of the Soul: Persona,” “Map of the Soul: 7,” and “BE”
“Love Yourself: Tear” (LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘Tear’) was released on May 18, 2018. On May 27, 2018 “Love Yourself: Tear” debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, earning 135,000 album-equivalent units.
The Album become BTS’ highest-charting album in a Western market at the time, as well as the first Korean album to top the US albums chart and the highest-charting album by an Asian act.
“Love Yourself: Answer” (LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’) was released on August 24, 2018. “Love Yourself: Answer” debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming BTS’ second number-one album—their second of 2018—and their highest sales week in the country to date.
It earned 185,000 album-equivalent units, including 141,000 in pure album sales. It also became the first Korean album to ever receive an RIAA album certification.
“Map of the Soul: Persona” was released on April 12, 2019. In the United States. “Map of the Soul: Persona” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 230,000 album-equivalent units, including 196,000 pure album sales, becoming the band’s biggest week in terms of units.
It is BTS’ third number-one album in roughly 11 months, making them the first band to achieve three number-ones in a year since the Beatles in 1995 through 1996. BTS also became the band with the second-fastest accumulation of three number-one albums since the Billboard 200’s inception.
Map of the Soul: 7 was released on February 21, 2020. 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 and maintained the record until The Weeknd’s After Hours was released on March 20.
The album outsold the next six highest-ranking albums on the Billboard 200 combined. The album’s lead single, “On” debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 with 86,000 downloads and 18.3 million U.S. streams, marking BTS’ biggest sales week for a song at the time.
“BE” was released on November 20, 2020. “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.
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 debuted atop South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart with first week sales of 2.274 million copies on Hanteo Chart, representing the second-highest first sales figures in the chart’s history, behind Map of the Soul: 7. With it, “BE” became BTS’ eighth consecutive million seller in the country.