BTS becomes first K-pop act to top Billboard 200

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K-pop act BTS’ dream has become a reality, topping the Billboard 200 chart only a few days after the group named it as one of its goals.

On Sunday, the group’s “Love Yourself: Tear” album, its third full-length album, ranked No. 1 on the Billboard main albums chart, making the seven-piece K-pop powerhouse the first K-pop act to do so. 

“Love Yourself: Tear” album, performed mostly in Korean, is the first non-English album to top the chart in over 12 years since the record set by crossover vocal quartet Il Divo’s “Ancora” in 2006. It is also the second K-pop album to enter the chart’s top 10, following BTS’ own “Love Yourself: Her” album that peaked at No. 7 in October last year. 

“Love Yourself: Tear” sold more than 1 million copies within the first week of its release on May 18. Its lead track “Fake Love,” a moody hip-hop track, delivers the members’ realization that what they once believed to be true love was a sham. The album also features experimental tracks like “Airplane pt. 2,” the band’s first take on Latin-pop, and “134340,” a quirky hip-hop piece that features the most dynamic tunes in BTS’ history.

Formed in 2013 by K-pop label Big Hit Entertainment, the band, consisting of RM, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V and Jungkook, shot to international fame in 2016, when its second full-length album “Wings” broke records as the highest debut by a K-pop album in the US. Just one year later, the band earned its first US Billboard Hot 100 entry with the smash hit “DNA” at No. 85. The song later became the highest-charting K-pop group song, peaking at No. 67. 

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  • Korean boy band BTS (aka Bangtan Boys) arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • This marks the first time a K-pop group has been invited to the music event. BTS is the only Asian musical act invited this year to the AMAs.
  • Fans of the Korean boy band group BTS pose with photos of their idols outside the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Fans of the Korean boy band group BTS pose with photos of their idols outside the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Members of the Korean boy band BTS (aka Bangtan Boys) arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards.
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  • Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.
  • Nicole Kidman at the 2017 American Music Awards.
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  • Presenter Lea Michele arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards.
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  • Carey Hart and Singer Pink arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Musician Bebe Rexha flaunted her curves in a skin-tight dress
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  • (L-R) Hayley Stommel, Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley and Brittney Marie Cole.
  • Model and entertainer Heidi Klum.
  • Presenter Sabrina Carpenter arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Nick Jonas performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Singers Pink and Kelly Clarkson perform.
  • Entertainer Nick Cannon.
  • KSlim Jimmy and Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd.
  • Ashlee Simpson with husband Evan Ross and the kids arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards.
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  • (L-R) Ben McKee, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Daniel Platzman and Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Presenter Gaten Matarazzo arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Presenter Billy Eichner (L) and Presenter Chris Hardwick arrive at the 2017 American Music Awards.
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  • DJ Khaled and family.
  • Hailee Steinfeld performs "Let Me Go."
  • Tracee Ellis Ross presents an award.
  • Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line perform "Let Me Go."
  • Alex Pall and Andrew Taggart of The Chainsmokers attend the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theatre.
  • Corinne Foxx (centre L) and Jamie Foxx (centre R) and first responders pose onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Demi Levato performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • (L-R) Dan Reynolds, Ben McKee, Daniel Platzman, and Wayne Sermon of music group Imagine Dragons accept the Favourite Duo or Group - Pop/Rock award onstage.
  • Lea Michele and Chris Hardwick speak onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards.
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  • Lilly Singh and Sabrina Carpenter speak onstage.
  • Shawn Mendes performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Selena Gomez performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Selena Gomez performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards.
  • Justin Hartley and Kathryn Hahn speak onstage.
  • Demi Levato performs "Sorry Not Sorry."
  • Jin, J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jimin, V and Jungkook slayed a performance of their wildly successful single "DNA," from 2017 album Love Yourself: Her, Mashable reported.

BTS on May 21 won the Billboard Music Awards’ top social artist award for the second consecutive year. It also performed the world premiere of its “Fake Love” during the awards show at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

The band recently kicked off its promotional activities in Korea by holding an Mnet showcase on May 24. 

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the US based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums, according to the magazine. 

It added that the set, which was released through Big Hit Entertainment on May 18, launches with 135,000 equivalent album units earned in the US in the week ending May 24, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 100,000 were in traditional album sales.

With the K-pop act on the No. 1 spot, Poss Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” dropped to No. 2 after three consecutive weeks atop the list.