RM Becomes The Highest Charting Korean Soloist on the Billboard 200 With ‘Mono’s’ Debut

BTS’ RM raises the bar for Korean solo artists as his recently released ‘mono’ debuts at a record-breaking #26 on the Billboard 200.

After breaking multiple records set by his own group upon its release, on October 30, Billboard had revealed that RM had set another phenomenal record with ‘mono’ becoming the highest charting album by a Korean soloist on its album chart.

Despite being a free digital release with no physical album, ‘mono’ had been able to achieve the momentous feat within three days with its impressive 21,000 equivalent album units of which 16,000 was reported to be traditional album sales.

The previous record for the highest charting solo act on the Billboard chart belonged to fellow BTS member j-hope and his debut mixtape, ‘Hope World’. Released in March earlier this year, j-hope’s first solo album had debuted at #63 and had, later on, peaked at #38.

ARMYs were also able to draw meaningful parallels with ‘mono’ debuting at #26 on the album chart on the same Billboard week that BTS had debuted at #26 with their second Korean studio album, ‘WINGS’, two years ago. With 16,000 copies sold and 11,000 in traditional album sales, ‘WINGS’ was the highest-charting best-selling Kpop album at the time.

In traditional ARMY fashion, fans trended #RMonoBB200 to celebrate the ground-breaking accomplishment.

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Written by S. Acierda

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