BTS’ new album Love Yourself: Tear is set to make a splashy debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart next week, according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest the effort — which was released on May 18 via BigHit Entertainment — could launch at No. 2 and has a chance for a No. 1 debut.
The set may bow with over 100,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 24, mostly driven by traditional album sales.
Of course, considering BTS’ fervent fan base — and the group’s buzzed-about performance on the May 20 Billboard Music Awards — don’t be surprised if Love Yourself: Tear pushes past beerbongs to nab a No. 1 debut.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the June 2-dated Billboard 200 chart (where BTS’ Love Yourself: Tear will debut) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 27.
BTS’ Love Yourself: Tear is already on track to surpass the group’s own record for the largest week ever earned by a K-pop act in overall units, album sales and chart rank. Currently, K-pop’s biggest week on the list was tallied by BTS’ 2017 album Love Yourself: Her. It bowed with 31,000 units (of which 18,000 were in album sales), according to Nielsen Music, and debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.
Other albums in the hunt for a high debut on next week’s chart include Five Finger Death Punch’s And Justice for None and Lil Baby’s Harder Than Ever. The former may bow with between 65,000 and 70,000 units (mostly from traditional album sales), while the latter could start with over 60,000 units (mostly from streams, highlighted by his collaboration with Drake on “Yes Indeed”).