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BTS Bag ‘Unprecedented’ 1-2 on IFPI’s Global Album Sales Chart For 2020

BTS top a third IFPI chart for 2020 -- the Global Album Sales tally.

BTS aren’t done with rewriting the history books.

The K-pop superstars bag another IFPI award, this time topping the trade body’s Global Album Sales Chart with Map Of The Soul: 7.

It’s an unprecedented 1-2 for BTS, whose BE set is runner-up while Map Of The Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~ comes in at No. 8 on the tally, which combines global sales of physical and digital album downloads to rank the top albums of 2020.

It’s the latest in a bundle of IFPI honors for the boy band, who were also named Global Recording Artists of 2020, and Map Of The Soul: 7 came in at No. 1 on the inaugural IFPI Global Album All Format Chart.


Jungkook, V, Suga, Jin, RM, Jimin and J-Hope are seemingly unstoppable. Map Of The Soul: 7, their fourth studio album, smashed sales charts in their homeland and around the world, finishing the year just shy of 5 million global units.

In the United States, Map Of The Soul: 7 debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for the septet’s fourth leader, extending their record for Korean acts.

Asian acts dominate the latest IFPI chart. Coming in at No. 3 is Japanese artist Kenshi Yonezu with Stray Sheep; South Korea’s Blackpink is at No. 5 with The Album; Japanese boy band Arashi is at No. 9 with This is Arashi; and compatriots King Gnu round out the Top 10 with Ceremony.

“BTS’ success across IFPI’s global charts — including the top two positions in this chart — is unprecedented and demonstrates the amazing global appeal of their music,” comments Frances Moore, CEO of IFPI. “We would like to congratulate the band once again on such a successful year.”

Albums from Taylor Swift, AC/DC and Justin Bieber also make the list, published Thursday (March 11).


Top 10 Global Albums 2020

1. BTS, Map Of The Soul: 7 (4.8 million total global units)
2. BTS, Be (Deluxe Edition) (2.7 million)
3. Kenshi Yonezu, Stray Sheep (2 million)
4. Taylor Swift, Folklore (2.0 million)
5. Blackpink, The Album (1.5 million)
6. AC/DC, Power Up (1.4 million)
7. Justin Bieber, Changes (1.2 million)
8. BTS, Map Of The Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~ (1.2 million)
9. Arashi, This Is Arashi (1 million)
10. King Gnu, Ceremony (1 million)