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(LEAD) BTS becomes first Korean artist to top British albums chart

13:40 April 20, 2019

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SEOUL, April 20 (Yonhap) -- K-pop sensations BTS has topped the British chart with its new album, becoming the first South Korean artist to do so.

The new album "Map of the Soul: Persona" landed at the top with 26,500 combined sales on Friday (local time), the Official Charts Co. said.

The album's main track, "Boy With Luv," is also the band's first ever British Top 15 single, charting at No. 13 on Friday, it said.

"Map of The Soul: Persona" is BTS' fourth collection to chart in the UK Top 40, following its three-part "Love Yourself" album series, it added.

The new album's midweek sales are already more than the first week sales of its three previous Top 20 albums combined, it said.

The latest feat adds to a slew of records the new BTS album has set in the week after it hit the world music scene on April 12.

The seven-member boy band sold a record high of more than 2.13 million copies of its new album in the first week of its release.

The music video of "Boy With Luv," featuring American diva Halsey, became the fastest YouTube video ever to garner 100 million views, surpassing the milestone in less than 38 hours.

This image of BTS is provided by Big Hit Entertainment. (Yonhap)



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