Chart History: BTS Tops The Billboard 200 With ‘Love Yourself: Tear’

It is official. K-pop kings BTS have conquered the Billboard charts with their new album Love Yourself: Tear. The septet dropped the collection May 18 and celebrated with a high-profile performance at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards that weekend. Afterwards, they made a handful of appearances across the US to promote the LP. Now it is clear the hard work has paid off: This week they became the first K-pop group to top the Billboard 200. According to Billboard, the album debuted at the number one spot after moving an impressive 135,000 equivalent units. Of that number, 100,000 were in traditional sales.

That is not all, though. The group also landed their first top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their electrifying single “Fake Love.” This signifies the first time a K-pop group broke into the top 10 on the Hot 100, and it seems safe to assume that the single will rise even higher on impressive streaming numbers in the coming weeks. In just over a week, they racked up nearly 114 million streams on the single’s intricately choreographed music video on YouTube. With more than 35 million streams on Spotify, “Fake Love” has already become the group’s biggest hit in the US to date.

This is not the first time BTS has broken records on the charts. Last year’s Love Yourself: Her became the first K-pop record to crack the top 10 on the Billboard 200. Moving 31,000 album equivalent units, it landed at the number 7 spot and spawned crossover hit “MIC DROP.” Buoyed by a remix featuring Steve Aoki & Desiigner and impressive sales on US iTunes, the single debuted at number 28 on the Hot 100. Their latest achievements only prove that they are here to stay. All things considered, it seems safe to assume that they will dominate the charts in the coming months.

The septet recently announced plans to travel the globe in support of their latest album. Called the Love Yourself World Tour, they kick things off with a pair of performances in Seoul on August 25 and 26. From there, they return to North America for a string of shows across the continent. They’ll deliver 3 in Los Angeles’ Staples Center in early September and cap off the North American leg in Chicago on October 3. Then they are off to Europe. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming months, and the tour will likely be another record-breaker.

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