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As is typically the case, BTS own more than their fair share of real estate on the World Albums chart this week. The septet sees their collections fill seven of the available 15 spaces, including half of the entire top 10. While that one name may dominate as they usually do, there are two exciting new releases that begin their time inside the highest tier, showing just how popular the musicians behind them are.
Here are three titles to pay attention to on this week’s World Albums chart.
No. 2 – BTS – Map of the Soul: 7
BTS’s 2020 chart-topper Map of the Soul: 7 rises on the latest edition of the World Albums chart, lifting to No. 2 as it celebrates a very special birthday. The title has now spent 52 weeks on the tally, and in that time, it has barely moved, and it almost always ranks as one of the top three bestselling “world” releases in the U.S.
Map of the Soul: 7 almost recaptures the throne on the World Albums chart this week, but it’s held back from returning to No. 1 by another BTS full-length, Be. That set keeps atop the tally once again, giving the septet control over the highest two rungs at once.
Map of the Soul: 7 is BTS’s seventh title to spend a full year on the World Albums chart, and it surely won’t be their last.
No. 4 – Tomorrow X Together – Still Dreaming
Popular K-pop boy band Tomorrow X Together are back on the World Albums chart with their first new release of 2021, Still Dreaming. The set begins its time on the tally at No. 4, tying as their lowest-ranking effort yet…though it says something about how beloved they are if all of their releases have broken into the top five.
Still Dreaming is Tomorrow X Together’s fifth project to reach the World Albums chart, and it also arrives as one of the 10 bestselling titles in the U.S. this week.
No. 10 – Chung Ha – Querencia
Once known as a member of the girl group I.O.I. before they split a few years ago, Chung Ha established herself as a talent to watch in the K-pop space, and she’s quickly making inroads in the U.S. Her debut full-length Querencia debuts at No. 10 on this week’s World Albums chart, bringing her back to the top 10 for the first time since 2019 when her EP Flourishing entered that competitive space.
Querencia was powered in part by new single “Bicycle,” which narrowly misses out on becoming a top 10 hit on the related World Digital Song Sales ranking, as it starts off its time on that ranking at No. 11.
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