When ARMYs talk about the group’s world domination, they’re not kidding.
Following the release of their new Japanese album “Map of Soul: Journey,” Korean idol group BTS has claimed the title of bestselling album of 2020 in the United States, Korea, Japan and worldwide overall. The album became the bestselling album of the year in Japan within its first week of release. The album, which contains Japanese versions of songs from 2018’s “Love Yourself: Answer,” 2019’s “Map of the Soul: Persona” and 2020’s “Map of the Soul: 7”, along with four new Japanese tracks, crushed daily records.
The first day of sales saw 447,000 copies sold and over 500,000 copies in its second day. “Map of Soul: Journey” also topped the Oricon Albums Chart for five consecutive days and overall sold over 560,000 copies in its first week. In the United States, the collection sold 552,000 copies (physical and digital sales) in the first half of the year. In an era when many pop stars rely heavily on streaming figures to launch their albums to top spots, BTS accomplished an incredible feat when it comes to selling physical albums, with 528,000 copies were sold in the U.S. In South Korea, the group sold roughly four million copies, according to a Gaon Music certification. On the global scale, BTS’ album reported 4.02 million preorders.
BTS has largely been compared to The Beatles; the latter sold 1.094 million albums during the first six months of 2020 and had the fifth-bestselling vinyl album of the year, selling 54,000 copies of their 1969 production “Abbey Road.” The Beatles’ songs continue to perform exceptionally well on streaming services, racking up millions of plays.
Due to their successful album sales and streams, both groups have captured the hearts of music fans around the world with their charisma and unique sounds.