“Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey,” the new Japanese album by K-pop band BTS, sold nearly 450,000 copies on its release day, becoming the fastest-moving record in Japan in terms of day-one sales, according to the group’s agency Thursday.
According to Big Hit Entertainment, “Journey,” BTS’ fourth Japanese-language studio album released on Wednesday, shipped 447,869 copies within 24 hours in the neighboring country. The album debuted at No. 1 on the daily album chart of Oricon, Japan’s main music sales tracker.
According to Big Hit, the album became the fastest-moving album in Japan in terms of day-one shipments among both Japanese and international artists.
First-day sales of “Journey” more than doubled from the 188,000 shipments achieved with “Face Yourself,” BTS’ third Japanese studio album, released in April 2018. “Journey” also reached No. 1 on Apple iTunes Albums chart in 81 countries and regions, including the United States, Canada, Britain, and India. “Your Eyes Tell,” a solo track from the album by member Jungkook, climbed to the top of iTunes Top Song charts in 93 countries and regions. The 13-track album includes original Japanese songs, such as “Stay Gold” and “Your Eyes Tell,” and the Japanese versions of the group’s previous Korean-languages songs of “ON,” Boy With Luv” and “Fake Love.”
“Map of the Soul: 7,” the septet’s Korean album released in February, sold 429,009 copies in Japan during the first half of 2020 to become the bestselling record during the period. The K-pop act was the first international artist to top Oricon’s album sales chart for the January-June period after Michael Jackson with “Thriller” in 1984. (Yonhap)