BTS's "MAP OF THE SOUL: 7" is the best-selling real album in the U.S. last year.
According to an annual report on the U.S. music market released by Billboard and MRC data on the 7th (local time), BTS' fourth full-length album "Map of the Soul: 7" released in February last year topped the U.S. list with 646,000 copies sold in the real album alone.
The mini-album "BE," released in November, sold 252,000 copies in person, ranking fifth. Two BTS albums alone have risen on the "Top 5" album sales.
"Map of the Soul: 7" ranked second after Taylor Swift's "Poker" (1276,000) with 674,000 sales in the "Top Album" ranking, which combines real album and digital album sales.
BTS also ranked second behind Taylor Swift in terms of total annual album sales. Last year, a total of 1.54 million BTS albums were sold in the U.S.
According to Gaon Chart compiled by the Korea Music Contents Association, BTS recorded 9.27 million cumulative album sales at home and abroad last year. In addition, the combined shipments of 950,000 units from Japan exceeded 10 million units.
In addition, Billboard said that "Dynamic", released as a single by BTS in August last year, is the most sold digital song in the U.S. last year.
"Dynamic" sold 1.26 million copies, more than double Wickend's "Blinding Lights" (580,000). Dynamite is the only digital music source in the U.S. that recorded more than 1 million downloads last year.
In addition to BTS, K-pop's presence was noticeable, with NCT 127's second full-length album "NCT #127 Neo Zone" (249,000 copies) ranking sixth in real album sales.
The annual report on Billboard and MRC data was written based on data on U.S. music consumption from January 3 to December 31 last year.
The report also introduced the activities of K-pop stars on two pages under the title "Korean pop singers are on a new high in the mainstream."
Regarding BTS, he said, "The passionate fan base has expanded further," referring to the fact that three songs have been ranked first in succession on the Billboard main single chart "Hot 100." They created their third number one song on the Billboard chart in three months, the fastest pace since the Beatles' 1964 release.
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