BTS Send Japanese Album 'Face Yourself' to the Billboard 200
The boy band scores a rare chart success for Korean acts recording in Japanese.
It doesn't matter what language they sing in: BTS seem to always conquer the Billboard charts.
The Korean-pop phenomenons see their new Face Yourself album debut at No. 43 on the Billboard 200 with 12,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 5, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 4,000 were in traditional album sales to help them land at No. 41 on Top Album Sales.
The feat is particularly impressive for BTS as Face Yourself is the band's new Japanese-language album featuring only two previously unheard new songs -- along with new intro and outro tracks -- and their Korean hits re-recorded in Japanese (a common practice in the K-pop scene). The project has been almost a year in the making with the Japanese version of 2016 K-pop hit "Blood, Sweat & Tears" released in May 2017. Many K-pop artists record Japanese music, but it tends not to resonate in the same way the Korean music does in America with only a handful acts even able to send their Japanese releases to any U.S.-focused charts.
After scoring their first entry December 2015 with The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Part 2, BTS now extend their reign as the K-pop act with the most album entries on America's definitive albums chart to six. They are followed by G-Dragon (who has three to date) with fellow boy band sensations EXO and BIGBANG boasting two apiece. Earlier this year, BTS member J-Hope scored his first Billboard 200 entry with his Hope World mixtape.
Face Yourself also debut at No. 1 on Billboard's World Albums chart to mark BTS' fifth chart-topper and puts them ahead among all K-pop acts. For months, BTS was tied with B.A.P, GOT7 and Red Velvet with four No. 1s each. For those keeping score, G-Dragon, EXO and Girls' Generation all have three No. 1s on World Albums while SHINee, Taeyang, f(x), Seventeen, Girls' Generation-TTS and the late Jonghyun all boasting two. This is also the first Japanese album by a K-pop act to hit No. 1 on World Albums.
With the surprise announcement of the BTS gearing up to release new music via their 'Euphoria' theme video, it shouldn't be long until BTS is conquering even more chart territory.