South Korean boy band BTS have created history this week with their third studio album, Love Yourself: Tear.
The record makes BTS the first K-pop group to top the US Billboard 200 chart, and it’s the first foreign-language album to top the Billboard 200 in over 12 years; following Il Divo’s 2006 release Ancora.
Released May 18, Love Yourself: Tear sold 135,000 copies in the US in its first week, making it the second-biggest of 2018 in terms of first-week sales, just behind Migos’ Culture II.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in even took to Twitter to congratulate the group:
Congratulations to the Seven Music-loving Boys and Their Wings, ‘ARMY’!
The songs, dance, dreams and enthusiasm of BTS energized and gave strength to young people around the world. https://t.co/6ZL4XdrZVv
— 문재인 (@moonriver365) May 28, 2018
The record also pushed Post Malone’s album Beerbongs and Bentleys to #2, ending his three-week streak at the top, and also beat out Cardi B and J. Cole to take the top spot.