Total first-week sales of Grammy nominee BTS’ ‘BE’ album reach 2.27 million copies

Published November 29, 2020, 11:00 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

BTS (Big Hit Entertainment)

K-pop superstars and Grammy nominee BTS sold 2,274,882 copies of their latest album “BE (Deluxe Edition)” in the first week of release.

“BE” was released on Nov. 20 fronted by “Life Goes On,” the main song, together with seven other tracks including the hit single “Dynamite.”

According to Korea’s Hanteo Chart, “BE” sold 1,950,106 million copies on the first day of release on Nov. 20 followed by 117,392 copies on Nov. 21; 3,192 copies on Nov. 22; 126,255 copies on Nov. 23; 58,171 copies on Nov. 24; 6,419 on Nov. 25; and 13,347 copies on Nov. 26. It placed first on the Hanteo daily album chart on all seven days.
In comparison, “Map of the Soul: 7,” BTS’ album that was released last February, garnered first-week sales of 3,378,633 copies.

Before this, “Map of the Soul: Persona,” which came out on April 12, 2019, sold 2,130,480 copies in the first week of release while the August 2018 album “Love Yourself: Answer” had 868,052 copies and “Love Yourself: Tear,” released in May 2018, recorded 1,003,527, according to Hanteo Chart.

“BE” topped Hanteo’s weekly album chart from Nov. 16 to 22 with 2.07 million copies sold and is bound to top the monthly album chart for November.

On Spotify’s global weekly chart for Nov. 26, “Dynamite” placed second with 33.45 million streams while “Life Goes On” grabbed fourth place with 32.17 million steams.

In the US for the same period, “Life Goes On” had 4.97 million streams (12th place) and “Dynamite” had 4.61 million streams (17th place).

In the Philippines, “Life Goes On” placed first with 2.68 million streams and “Dynamite” grabbed second place with 2.48 million steams. “Fly To My Room” garnered 1.5 million streams (fourth place), “Blue & Grey,” 1.48 million streams (fifth place); “Telepathy,” 1.28 million streams (seventh place); “Stay,” 1.19 million streams (ninth place); and “Dis-ease,” 1.18 million steams (10th place).

BTS made history last Nov. 24 (Nov. 25 in the Philippines) when they received their first Grammy nomination, the first K-pop act to achieve it. “Dynamite” is nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 63rd Grammy Awards that will be held on Jan. 31 next year.

 
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