BTS’s ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ Has Now Ruled The World Albums Chart For Half A Year

 BTS’s ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ Has Now Ruled The World Albums Chart For Half A Year

For years now, it’s been unusual to see any musical act that isn’t BTS ruling over Billboard’s weekly World Albums chart, as the South Korean seven-member vocal band almost always sits at No. 1 with one of their releases. This frame, one of their most successful projects is steady atop the tally, and by holding on for one more turn, it hits a special milestone that few studio efforts will reach.

BTS’s Map of the Soul: 7 is a non-mover at No. 1 on the World Albums chart, as it returned to the throne last frame, replacing the band’s own Be in first place (that set is also comfortable in second, where it dipped to last period). The group’s globe-dominating release has topped the tally before, but this week is special.

Map of the Soul: 7 has now controlled the World Albums chart for 26 nonconsecutive weeks, or exactly half a year. It’s rare for any title to rack up that many frames at No. 1 on any Billboard list, and it’s even rarer for any act to hit that mark after replacing themselves in the loftiest position on any list.

BTS earned yet another leader on the World Albums chart last spring when Map of the Soul: 7 first arrived, and now it is one of the septet’s 11 No. 1s and their 14 top 10s on the ranking. The set has now been present on the roster for a little over a year (61 weeks), so the fact that it has spent anywhere close to half of that time on the throne is truly impressive, and it further highlights how popular and powerful BTS is in the U.S.

When Map of the Soul: 7 debuted, it also topped the Billboard 200 and the Top Album Sales charts. Four songs from the project—“Black Swan,” “On,” “Filter” and “My Time”—made it to the Hot 100, and the set dominated on the World Digital Song Sales list the week following its release, with BTS claiming almost the entire ranking for themselves. 

As Map of the Soul: 7 celebrates half a year at No. 1 on the World Albums chart, BTS’s previous release Map of the Soul: Persona reaches two full years on the tally, or 104 weeks. That project lifts slightly, gaining ground from No. 9 to No. 7.