BTS have earned another major chart moment in the United States.
The K-pop boy band’s new compilation album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever soars into the Billboard 200 at No. 107. The earned 6,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 5 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. Young Forever combines the tracks from the group’s 2015 EPs The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, along with new songs and remixes. The bulk of Young Forever‘s units (66 percent) were driven by track equivalent albums, thanks to the popularity of the individual songs on the album. In terms of pure album sales, Young Forever sold a little under 2,000 copies during the tracking week.
Young Forever marks BTS’ second appearance on the Billboard 200 after The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 bowed at No. 171 in December last year. BTS also becomes only the second K-pop act to land two consecutive albums on the ranking. Previously, only G-Dragon had sent two consecutive releases to the Billboard 200 with 2012’s One of a Kind EP (which peaked at No. 161) and 2013’s Coup D’Etat Pt. 1 EP (No. 182).
The septet have another achievement on the World Digital Songs chart where they land 10 entries on the chart and control the Top 3 with new songs “Fire,” “Save Me” and “Epilogue: Young Forever.” No K-pop act has ever owned the Top 3, with PSY and BIGBANG owning the Top 2 positions at different positions throughout the chart’s history. BTS also joins the small club of K-pop acts with a No. 1 on World Digital Songs that currently includes PSY (who has four No. 1s), BIGBANG (with three), plus 2NE1, and G-Dragon and Taeyeang (both acts have one chart-topper).
BTS’ new album is led by the hip-hop/house joint “Fire,” that showcases some of the band’s most intense raps and choreography routines to date. After revealing both the “Young Forever” and “Fire” videos, BTS is still planning to release a music video for “Save Me” to further promote the release.
BTS was recently announced as headliners to both the east and west coast dates to American K-pop festival/convention KCON at Newark’s Prudential Center and Los Angeles’ Staples Center. If their headliner status didn’t already indicate it, perhaps the charts can confirm that a new boy band is in town and ready to take over.
Additional reporting by Keith Caulfield.