BTS’s ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ Advances Again To Become The Third-Longest-Charting Korean Album In U.K. History – Forbes


It’s a relatively quiet frame on the U.K. albums chart this time around (Dua Lipa’s seven-week-old release Future Nostalgia returns to the summit once again, as there is no real competition from newer titles for the top spot), and though there aren’t too many launches that push older full-lengths down, BTS’s latest project falls anyway. The group’s Map of the Soul: 7 slides from No. 87 to No. 100, landing in last place on the important ranking.

While it looks like Map of the Soul: 7 isn’t going to last much longer on the ranking of the most-consumed albums in the U.K., it makes history once again this week simply by holding on.

Map of the Soul: 7 has now spent a dozen weeks on the U.K. albums chart, which stands as the third-longest run among all Korean full-lengths. Impressively (but not shockingly), all of the longest-charting Korean-language albums in the country’s history are by the same band, and with each new release, the outfit only bests their own records and competes with themselves.

The septet’s latest chart-topper (Map of the Soul: 7 debuted in first place earlier this year) breaks out of a tie with their 2018 release Love Yourself: Tear, which managed 11 frames on the list before falling off. Last frame, the two sets were tied and shared the honor of being the third-longest-charting Korean album in U.K. history together, but now Map of the Soul: 7 has advanced once more and Love Yourself: Tear has been pushed back and is now the fourth-longest-charting Korean release.

Leading the way among all Korean titles is BTS’s Map of the Soul: Persona, which ruled last year and kept going for 19 frames. In second place among all K-pop albums comes the same group’s Love Yourself: Answer, which racked up a very lucky 13 turns on the tally, which at the time was a best among Korean acts. 

Map of the Soul: 7 is only one week away from tying Love Yourself: Answer for the second-most weeks on the chart among all Korean albums, but it probably won’t make it to that mark. Since it’s currently in last place, there’s very little chance it will push forward after descending (that hasn’t happened once in the 12 frames it has been present on the list), so this may be the last days on the list for the former No. 1 title.