BTS have topped the UK Album Chart for the second time in a row, as Map of the Soul: 7 (released through BigHit Entertainment) became the market’s fastest-selling set of the year to date.
The BTS album opened on the UK Album Chart with combined units of 38,000, some 2,000 more than Eminem registered with Music To Be Murdered By in late January. 32,000 of the BTS total comes from physical and download sales.
Elsewhere in the world, BTS are lording it over the Australian albums chart with their new album, Map Of The Soul: 7, which also debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart, holding off new releases from The Amity Affliction, Polaris and Ozzy Osbourne.
Map Of The Soul: 7 becomes BTS’ second No. 1 on the ARIA chart after Map Of The Soul: Persona went to the top in April 2019. They remain the only Korean musical act to top the ARIA Albums Charts.
BTS also impacted on Australia’s national singles survey for the first time in 2020 with ‘ON,’ debuting at No. 29. It’s the Korean boy band’s fifth track to appear on the ARIA Top 50. Their best: a No. 10 peak for ‘Boy With Luv’ with Halsey, which arrived last April.
There’s an Aussie connection with BTS. The digital edition of Map Of The Soul: 7 includes an alternate version of ‘ON’ featuring vocals from Adelaide born-and-raised singer and songwriter Sia.
Also in the UK album chart, Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI/Universal) held on at No. 2 this week, while Ozzy Osbourne achieved his highest-ever solo album placing with Ordinary Man new at No. 3.
The Weeknd’s ‘Blinding Lights’ (Republic/XO/Universal) returned to the top of the UK singles chart. It moved back 2-1, after two weeks at the summit earlier in the month. Eilish’s James Bond theme ‘No Time To Die’ fell from 1-2 and Roddy Ricch’s ‘The Box’ held at No. 3. Saint Jhn’s ‘Roses’ was up from 7 to 4 and Dua Lipa’s ‘Don’t Start Now’ remained at No. 5.