The fizzy Korean youth-culture group, K-pop has become an unstoppable international brand. The group is again at the top of the charts. The popular 7-member boy band has the No. 1 album “Love Yourself: Tear” in the United States from May. The first album of K-pop is leading the Billboard 200 with another chart-leader “Love Yourself: Answer”.
The “Answer” is the 3rd part of a trilogy and it is a combination of a number of styles by having at least a dozen songs extracted from the previous 2 chapters. It also includes 10 additional tracks specific to this release. This release includes “Idol” and it is edge participation with Nicki Minaj. Point to be noted that more than 185,000 units of “Answer” have been sold out during its first week, including 39 million digital streams and at least 141,000 in traditional sales. The overall best sales include “Love Yourself: Tear” and it hits 135,000 units in its debut week.
The Billboard also reported that just Justin Timberlake and Ariana Grande had massive opening weeks as compared to “Love Yourself: Answer” of BTS among other albums during the current year. Last week, “Sweetener” of Grande topped the Billboard album chart but dropped to No. 4 during its 2nd week out with a decline of 67% in its sales. Last month, the “Astroworld” of Travis Scott made No. 1, and still at No. 2. After 9 weeks out, the “Scorpion” of Drake is at No. 3. Nicki Minaj’s “Queen” is at No. 5 during its 3rd week with adding more than 69 million streams and sales of at least 11,000.