After a wait that spanned nearly two years, South Korean rapper and member of South Korean boy band BTS (Bangtan Boys), J-Hope finally released his first solo mixtape Hope World on Thursday, March 1st. Within hours of the release of his long-awaited mixtape 'Hope World,' J-Hope officially set a new record for the most No. 1’s on iTunes for any Korean solo artist.
On March 2, J-Hope’s new mixtape dominated iTunes charts worldwide immediately after its release. 'Hope World' has now claimed the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Top Albums Chart in over 70 different countries, including the United States, England, Canada, Brazil, India and Australia. The album was released as free for download.
The mixtape’s title track “Daydream” also swept iTunes charts across the globe. The song hit No. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs Chart in various nations including Finland, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine, Armenia, Kazakhstan, and Vietnam.
J-Hope talked about the much-anticipated mixtape on South Korea's Naver V live broadcast shortly after its release. “It was my biggest dream to release a mixtape with my own unique musical color, and I wanted to tell many people my story through my music,” he said.
The idol went on to share that he was nervous about the release, commenting, “I prepared this mixtape for over a year and ended up revealing it today. I’m more nervous and anxious than when I debuted as [a member of] BTS.” J-Hope added, “I want to thank the fans who waited for this mixtape and cheered me on. I will do my utmost to become a better and even more hard-working artist.”
J-Hope also broke another record, earning the highest entry for a solo K-Pop act on the Billboard 200 Charts. 'Hope World' debuts at No. 63 on the Billboard 200 with 9,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending March 1, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 8,000 were in traditional album sales, helping it open at No. 1 on the sales-based World Albums chart and at No. 16 on Top Album Sales.
Spotify and Apple Music users can listen to J-hope's mix-tape below:
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