‘Love Yourself: Her‘ from BTS is now the K-pop album with the highest ranking ever on the Billboard 200 chart, checking in at #7 for the week ending on October 7.
The seven-member group’s new album, Love Yourself: Her, debuts at No. 7 with 31,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 18,000 were in traditional album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 7-dated chart (where Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s websites Tuesday (Sept. 26). The rest of Love Yourself: Her’s starting unit sum was comprised of just less than 4,000 TEA units, and a little under 10,000 SEA units.
While popular K-pop groups frequently find themselves on the Billboard 200, debuting at #7 beats the old K-pop record (themselves at #26) by a significant margin and is worth noting.
Next up for the group will be the Billboard Hot 100 chart, which “DNA” is projected to enter, with the only question being where they’ll be ranked among Psy (#2/#5/#26/#97), Wonder Girls (#76), and CL (#94).
BTS’s “DNA” checked in at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The seven-member South Korean boy band adds to its haul this week, earning its first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart: “DNA,” from the new album, debuts at No. 85, fueled by 5.3 million first-week U.S. streams and 14,000 downloads sold, the latter total also good for a No. 37 debut on the Digital Song Sales chart, where BTS also makes its first appearance. (The Hot 100 blends streaming, sales and radio airplay data.)
That places them as the fifth-highest K-pop entry in the Hot 100, behind Psy three times and the Wonder Girls.