There’s no point arguing. BTS is the biggest band on the planet right now.

The K-pop outfit has completed a week for the history books, by busting opening-day viewing records on YouTube, and hitting the top of the albums charts around the globe, including the United States, United Kingdom and here in Australia.

Riding the dogged support of their ARMY, the seven-strong boy band’s Map of the Soul: Persona started atop the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, shifting a career-best 230,000 equivalent units. It’s their third title to lead the big chart after Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer.

In the U.S., no other act has nudged the top 10. BTS already has four top 10s to their name, including those three chart-leaders which all came in less than a year. With that feat, they join some elite company. They’re the first group since the Beatles to earn three No. 1s on the albums tally in less than 12 months and their three-peat is the fastest accumulation of No. 1 albums by a group since the Monkees in 1967, according to Billboard.

The EP also hit the summit of the Official U.K. Albums Chart (with 26,500 combined sales) and the ARIA Albums Chart, becoming the first set in the genre to do so.


The April 12 Big Hit Entertainment release got off to the fastest possible start as its lead single “Boy With Luv,” assisted by U.S. singer and songwriter Halsey, broke a total of three online records in the 24 hours after it dropped.