The Kpop group breaks their personal record and writes chart history for Asian and foreign language artists as ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ tops the Billboard 200.
On September 3, it was revealed that BTS’ ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ had debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, making it the group’s second album to top the chart.
🏆 Love Yourself: Answer has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200!
⭐️ @BTS_twt is the 1st foreign-language artist to achieve multiple #1 albums on the Billboard 200 in the same calendar year!
— BTS: Bring The Stats (@bts_geek_stats) September 2, 2018
According to Billboard, the final installment to the group’s ‘Love Yourself’ trilogy had dominated the chart with the equivalent of 185,000 album units, consisting of 141,000 traditional album sales for the week ending August 30. This marks an impressive improvement over the group’s first chart-topping album, ‘Love Yourself: Tear’, which had sold 135,000 units in its opening week in May and had previously set the record for Korean music’s biggest week.
The group had previously celebrated success as the first Korean act to top the Billboard chart with ‘Love Yourself: Tear’, and the success of their most recent album sees history written for the Kpop genre’s biggest opening week. The debut of ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ also marks BTS as the first pop act to hit #1 with two separate albums within less than a year since One Direction and their 2014 releases of ‘Four’ and ‘Midnight Memories’.
Though, more significantly, this makes BTS the first Korean, Asian and foreign act have multiple #1 Billboard albums in the calendar year, ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ and ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ becoming the first non-English albums to lead the chart in twelve years with the last being Il Divo’s 2006 album, ‘Ancora’.
Naturally, ARMYs took to Twitter to celebrate the tremendous achievement with the news also earning congratulations from South Korea’s President Moon Jaein.
when yoongi said it's better to have bigger dreams and he wanted to get #1 in BB 200 and they topped #1 two times in the same year. We couldn't be more prouder. #Answer1onBB200 @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/K0f1mXNvxx
— Sweetiepiee (@jeonss97) September 3, 2018
TWO #1 beautifully produced KOREAN albums which contribute to the UNICEF no violence campaign for children? y’all taste that success, consideration and PROSPERING?? talent WINS yet again!#Answer1onBB200 #BTSMakesHistory pic.twitter.com/WpTdFr2Xo1
— ً (@nationsbabes) September 2, 2018
BTS, Asian artists not from the US who's music is primarily non-English, has broken a 4 year old record in a generation where streaming has killed physical album sales.
— ᴋᴏᴏᴋᴀᴅᴏᴏᴋs (@MochiManggae) September 2, 2018
— HP (@hphungkc) September 2, 2018
Once in every generation a great popular music act is born that will find itself in the pantheons of the greats. Their greatness stems from their craft & their ability to speak to & for that generation. #Answer1onBB200 #BTSMakesHistory @BTS_twt
— Aileen 💜 and her BTS Thinking Hats. (@Awake_Aileen) September 2, 2018
— The Office of President Moon Jae-in (@TheBlueHouseENG) September 3, 2018
The group then posted on their official Twitter account, showing their sincere gratitude towards their fans for ‘Love Yourself: Answer’s’ chart-dominating entry on the Billboard 200.
200 차트의 두 번째 1위를 하게 돼서 진심으로 영광입니다.. 모두 여러분 덕분인 줄 알고 감사하게 이 축제 이어나가겠습니다~~ 고마워요 !!
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) September 3, 2018
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It’s a real honor to have received our second 1st place on the 200 Chart.. We’ll consider it all thanks to you and continue with this festival with grateful hearts~~ Thank you!!
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— Bangtan Translations (@BTS_Trans) September 3, 2018
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