BTS 'MAPS OF THE SOUL : 7', album that sold the most in America first half of 2020
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BTS 'MAPS OF THE SOUL : 7', album that sold the most in America first half of 2020
  • Halim Jung
  • 2020.07.10 17:52
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Nielsen Music's tabulation of America's music market... Sole 'Half Million Seller', 2nd in Pop Artist rankings
NCT 127 8th in album sales... Physical album sales 'Top 5' are K-POP groups
Boy Group BTS / Image provided by: Big Hit Entertainment

[MHN Jung Halim reporter] Boy group BTS album 'MAP OF THE SOUL : 7' was tabulated to be the highest selling record for the first half of 2020 in America.

According to Nielsen Music's report on the first half of the 2020 American music market, BTS' 4th official album 'MAP OF THE SOUL : 7' sold 552 thousand copies, landing it on top of the 'Top 10 Albums - Total Sales' category.

The category combines physical sales, such as CDs and Vinyl LPs, and digital sales to calculate its ranking.

'MAP OF THE SOUL : 7' sales are 96% physical CDs, and the 4% is digital sales. The record also placed first on the 'Top 10 Physical Sales' Category, with 528 thousand physical copies sold.

'MAP OF THE SOUL : 7' was also the only one to become a 'Half Million Seller' in the first half of 2020.

The 'Top 10 Albums' category calculates albums sold with streaming count, which lands 'MAP OF THE SOUL : 7' on 9th place.

According to Billboard, BTS are the artists who have sold the most albums total in the first half of 2020 as well.

Adding not just "MAP OF THE SOUL : 7', which was released this February, but previous album sales to the count, BTS have sold 757 thounsand copies, with 720 thousand being physical copies.

In the 'Top 5 Genre Artists' category, which calcuates rank through physical album sales, downloads, and streaming count, they placed 2nd just behind Billie Eilish. They passed Taylor Swift (3rd), Justin Bieber (4th), and Halsey (5th).

BTS have also placed first on Gaon Chart's own record of the first half of 2020, with 4.2 million copies sold, and they have also placed first on the Orion Charts Album Sales category for the first half of 2020, a first for a foreign artist in 36 years.

BTS on the Today Show / Image provided by: Big Hit Entertainment

Also of note is boy group NCT 127's second album 'NCT #127 Neo Zone' ranking 8th on the 'Top 10 Albums - Total Sales' category with 196 thousand copies sold. On the physical copies sold category, they ranked 4th with 170 thousand copies.

Physical album release sales in America has decreased by 20.3% compared to 2019, with CD sales especially dropping by 30.2%. LP sales have increased by 11.2%, but in total physical sales in America have dropped significantly.

This trend further raises interest with how two K-POP groups managed to fit themselves into the physical album sales 'Top 5', showing how the genre is leading others in terms of physical sales.

Nielsen Music's 2020 Report analyzed album sales, download counts, and streaming numbers from January 3rd to July 2nd.

Group NCT Dream 127 / Image provided by: SM Entertainment
Group NCT 127 / Image provided by: SM Entertainment

 

 

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BTS 'MAPS OF THE SOUL : 7', album that sold the most in America first half of 2020

Nielsen Music's tabulation of America's music market... Sole 'Half Million Seller', 2nd in Pop Artist rankings
NCT 127 8th in album sales... Physical album sales 'Top 5' are K-POP groups


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