BTS’ “Map Of The Soul: 7” Album is Now Certified Gold in The UK! Map of the Soul: 7 is BTS’ fourth Korean-language (seventh overall) studio album released on February 21, 2020
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 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.
In November 2020, Map of the Soul: 7 was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which denotes one million album-equivalent units. It is their second album to be awarded platinum following Love Yourself: Answer (2018).
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.
It 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.
At the end of 2020, Billboard revealed that Map of the Soul: 7 ranked at number two on the list of the ten top-selling albums of the year in the US, according to MRC Data, with 674,009 copies sold, only behind Taylor Swift’s Folklore, which sold over 1 million copies. Map of the Soul: 7 was also the number one physical album of the year in America, with 646,000 hard copies sold.
In South Korea, it topped Gaon’s annual album chart with a cumulative 4,376,975 copies sold, marking the fifth consecutive year that BTS had the best-selling album in their home country.