Published May 28, 2018South Korea-based pop phenomenon BTS has cracked the North American market in a huge way, earning the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
Love Yourself: Tear by the K-pop stars sold an impressive 135,000 units in its first week, bumping Post Malone's Beerbongs & Bentleys from the top spot.
It is the first non-English album to hold the No. 1 spot in the U.S. since Il Divo's Spanish, Italian and French album Ancora in 2006.
South Korean President Moon Jae-In has even taken notice of the achievement, releasing a statement of congratulations to the group. He noted their outstanding dancing and sincere singing, adding that their "magical power turns grief into hope and differences into similarity."
"노래를 사랑하는 일곱 소년과 소년들의 날개 '아미'에게 축하의 인사를 전합니다." 세계의 젊은이들이 방탄소년단의 노래와 춤, 꿈과 열정에 위안을 받고 용기를 얻었습니다. 'LOVE YOURSELF 轉 TEAR' 앨범이 미국 '빌보드 200' 1위에 오른 것을 축하합니다. pic.twitter.com/fiimradrki— 문재인 (@moonriver365) May 28, 2018
The growing fanaticism surrounding the K-pop group became evident at the recent Billboard Music Awards, where they won Top Social Artist for the second year in a row and received the loudest cheers of the night by a long shot.