BTS 'Proof' debuts at Number 1 on Billboard 200, making it their sixth consecutive album to do so
Anything that BTS touches turns into gold and their Midas touch seems to be working well for 'Proof', their latest album. The boy group released the anthology album on June 10 this year, mapping 'Chapter 1' of the group's career since their debut. Within 10 days of the album's release, on June 20, it topped the main US Billboard albums chart 'Billboard 200'. BTS' 'Proof', ranked at Number 1, became the group's sixth consecutive release to do so.
The album is pretty historic for BTS and it is because the boy group recently announced that 'Proof' signifies the end of Chapter 1 in BTS' nine-year-long journey, as members embark on more mature, individual journeys. The members of BTS claimed that they were all keen on making their solo debuts after dedicating nine years to their boy group and it seems like fans are not letting their legacy die just yet. BTS made its debut on the Billboard 200 chart back in 2018 and now, four years after that, the boy group has made a comeback on the chart.
BTS 'Proof' tops Billboard 200 albums chart
According to US Billboard, BTS recorded a total sale of 314,000 copies in the first week of its release with 'Proof', which catapulting them to the top of the Billboard 200 chart in the first week of its release. Not only that but in China alone, BTS was reported to have sold albums worth 4.5 billion won ($3.48 million) in only 1 day after its release as reported by Hong Kong's South China Morning Post (SCMP) on May 19. According to the Chinese social media Weibo, BTS V's (Kim Taehyung's) fan club purchased more than 170,000 copies of BTS' new album 'Proof' on its release day, boosting sales for the boy group, landing them their sixth consecutive Billboard 200 No. 1.
BTS made its Billboard 200 debut with 'Love Yourself: Tear' which was released in June 2018. The charting was followed by BTS' repackaged album, 'Love Yourself: Answer' which was released in August of 2018. Their 2019 release 'Map of The Soul: Persona' and 2020 album, 'Map of the Soul: 7' both followed suit to be Number 1's on the chart. Finally their 2021 self-produced release, 'BE' also sat atop the Billboard chart making it their fifth consecutive release to top the chart. Following that, 'Proof' is their sixth album to make it to the top of this chart. Meanwhile, 'Proof' is an album that chronicles the trajectory of BTS' journey till the present moment. Fans were treated to three brand new songs, along with tracks from previous eras that hold special meaning for the members, and a host of previously unreleased 'demo' tracks in an exhaustive three-CD album package.