BTS made No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart as the top musical act in the United States for a third week. Their newest album Map of the Soul: Persona also debuts at No.1 on the Billboard 200 according to Billboard.com.
The Artist 100 measures artist popularity by key metrics such as music consumption, music sales, radio airplay, and fan interaction across social media. BTS made history as the only Kpop group to top the ranking. They first hit No. 1 last June and returned to the top in September.
BTS continues to make more firsts for the K-pop genre. Their new album opens with 230,000 equivalent album units according to Nielsen Music. 230,000 is the largest weekly total for K-pop album, and the album has only been around for a week according to Forbes. They were able to sell almost 200,000 copies of their album, which is a major accomplishment for artists, especially when music streaming monopolizes. Their album sales are the second largest this year, competing with the Backstreet Boys who sold 227,000 copies of their new album DNA earlier this year.
However, Persona is the only non-English album to rise to that position.
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