At this point in their time together, BTS has become accustomed to ruling Billboard’s World Albums chart, which ranks the bestselling non-English titles (and non-Spanish, which are compiled on the Latin rankings) every week. More often than not, one of the band’s releases sits at No. 1 on the 15-spot tally, and it’s usually their most recent offering. In addition to typically controlling the highest slot, the group lays claim over somewhere between one-fifth and one half of the entire list in any given week, with titles coming and going all the time.
What is relatively uncommon, even now as they hold the title of one of the most popular musical acts on the planet, is the kind of domination they’ve managed this week, which sees them occupying almost the entirety of the top five.
This time around, BTS albums sit in four of the loftiest five positions, as only one other act (another Korean group) manages to sneak into the top five on this week’s World Albums list.
Steady at No. 1 once again is BTS’s most recent blockbuster release Map of the Soul: 7, which has now spent nine of the 10 weeks it’s been present on the tally on the throne. The set comes in just ahead of Love Yourself: Answer, which is also a non-mover at No. 2 this frame.
Two rungs down comes their 2019 project Map of the Soul: Persona, which lands at No. 4. The popular title actually advances this week, as it was down at No. 5 last time around.
Rounding out BTS’s four top five-charters on the World Albums ranking is You Never Walk Alone, which surprises many by returning to the tally out of seemingly nowhere. The set, which is now more than three years old, re-enters the race at No. 5, as it wasn’t present last week.
In between BTS’s four top five wins is NCT 127’s Neo Zone, which, like the two titles above it, is stationary at No. 3.
BTS almost always has some sort of presence inside the top five on the World Albums chart, but owning almost the entire region, especially at a time when they don’t have anything brand new to excite fans, is a rarely-seen display of just how popular the septet remains in the U.S.
As if four top five albums wasn’t enough to be proud of, two additional BTS albums, Love Yourself: Tear and BTS World, also find space on the truncated tally, slipping to Nos. 10 and 15, respectively.