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BTS’ ‘Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey’ Hits Top 20 on Billboard 200 Chart After CD Release

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BTS’ Japanese-language album Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey re-enters the Billboard 200 chart at No. 14, a new peak, scoring the South Korean pop group its seventh top 40-charting album, and sixth top 20 title. The effort, which was previously only available as digital download, jumps back onto the chart after its CD edition was released on Aug. 7.

Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey was released via Virgin/UMe and earned 28,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Aug. 13 (up 1,439%) according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Aug. 22-dated chart (where Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey re-enters at No. 14) will be posted in full on Billboard's website on Aug. 18.

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Of Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey’s total of 28,000 units for the week, 26,000 were in album sales, while the rest comprise TEA and SEA units.The album spent one prior week on the chart, dated July 25, entering at No. 115 with 8,000 equivalent album units earned, following its digital and streaming release on July 14.

All told, Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey is the seventh top 40-charting album, and sixth top 20 title, for BTS. The act previously visited the top 40 with Wings (No. 26, 2016), Love Yourself: Her (No. 7, 2017), Love Yourself: Tear (No. 1, 2018), Love Yourself: Answer (No. 1, 2018), Map of the Soul: Persona (No. 1, 2019) and Map of the Soul: 7 (No. 1, 2020). All of the group’s previous top 40 efforts were Korean-language titles (with moments of English sprinkled throughout).

BTS has released four Japanese-language albums, and Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey is the second to reach to the Billboard 200. It follows the group’s previous Japanese effort, Face Yourself, which debuted and peaked at No. 43 in 2018.

Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey also reaches No. 1 for the first time on the World Albums chart, landing BTS its 10th leader on the tally.