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BILLBOARD 200 Week ending October 7, 2017

TW LW 2W Wks Title - Artist - Label
1 ** 1 Concrete And Gold - Foo Fighters - Roswell | RCA (127,000 (120,000 sales))
2 4 2 4 Luv Is Rage 2 - Lil Uzi Vert - Generation Now/Atlantic | AG (50,000)
3 1 2 Life Changes - Thomas Rhett - Valory | BMLG (39,000)
4 8 4 23 DAMN. - Kendrick Lamar - Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA (34,000)
5 6 3 4 17 - XXXTentacion - Bad Vibes Forever | EMPIRE Recordings (33,000)
6 9 5 29 American Teen - Khalid - Right Hand | RCA (31,000)
7 ** 1 Love Yourself: Her - BTS - BigHit Entertainment (31,000 (18,000 sales))
8 13 6 13 Evolve - Imagine Dragons - KIDinaKORNER/Interscope | IGA (28,000)
9 ** 1 Did It For The Party - Big & Rich - B$R | Thirty Tigers (27,000 (26,000 sales))
10 17 12 41 Stoney - Post Malone - Republic (26,000)
11 16 10 29 Divide - Ed Sheeran - Atlantic | AG
12 12 8 20 Everybody - Logic - Visionary | Def Jam
13 14 7 5 Project Baby Two - Kodak Black - Dollaz N Dealz/Atlantic | AG
14 15 9 15 Ctrl - SZA - Top Dawg | RCA
15 ** 1 The Stories We Tell Ourselves - Nothing More - Better Noise
16 ** 1 Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage - Prophets Of Rage/Fantasy | Concord
17 19 13 27 More Life - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
18 18 11 11 Issa Album - 21 Savage - Slaughter Gang | Epic
19 22 18 44 Moana - Soundtrack - Walt Disney
20 24 19 34 Culture - Migos - Quality Control/300 | AG
21 25 21 43 Starboy - The Weeknd - XO | Republic
22 23 16 44 24K Magic - Bruno Mars - Atlantic | AG
23 27 22 104 Hamilton: An American Musical - Original Broadway Cast - Hamilton Uptown/Atlantic | AG
24 21 15 13 Grateful - DJ Khaled - We The Best | Epic
25 28 20 14 Pretty Girls Like Trap Music - 2 Chainz - The Real University | Def Jam
26 109 41 Hardwired...To Self-Destruct - Metallica - Blackened
27 26 14 6 Rainbow - Kesha - Kemosabe | RCA
28 31 24 12 Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 - Calvin Harris - Fly Eye | Columbia
29 ** 1 Future Friends - Superfruit - RCA
30 34 31 55 Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight - Travis Scott - Grand Hustle | Epic
31 11 2 Southern Blood - Gregg Allman - Rounder | Concord
32 7 2 Current Mood - Dustin Lynch - Broken Bow | BBMG
33 35 23 16 This One's For You - Luke Combs - River House/Columbia Nashville | SMN
34 37 32 73 Views - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
35 32 25 9 Wins And Losses - Meek Mill - Maybach/Atlantic | AG
36 42 42 16 hopeless fountain kingdom - Halsey - Astralwerks
37 36 30 10 Jungle Rules - French Montana - Coke Boys/Bad Boy | Epic
38 33 29 52 Illuminate - Shawn Mendes - Island
39 29 17 4 Cozy Tapes, Vol. 2: Too Cozy - A$AP Mob - A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds | RCA
40 41 37 14 Woodstock - Portugal. The Man - Atlantic | AG
41 44 36 106 Traveller - Chris Stapleton - Mercury Nashville | UMGN
42 47 51 20 There's Really A Wolf - Russ - Diemon/Russ My Way | Columbia
43 30 56 42 Kane Brown - Kane Brown - Zone 4/RCA Nashville | SMN
44 2 2 Sleep Well Beast - The National - 4AD
45 45 39 23 Playboi Carti - Playboi Carti - AWGE/Interscope | IGA
46 43 27 52 Trolls - Soundtrack - Villa 40/DreamWorks | RCA
47 107 72 14 Melodrama - Lorde - Lava | Republic
48 46 38 359 Curtain Call: The Hits - Eminem - Shady/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
49 49 44 9 Perfect Timing - NAV And Metro Boomin - XO/Boominati | Republic
50 53 47 31 FUTURE - Future - A-1/Freebandz | Epic
51 3 2 A Moment Apart - ODESZA - Foreign Family Collective | Counter
52 50 33 11 4:44 - JAY-Z - S. Carter Enterprises | Roc Nation
53 51 41 24 Memories...Do Not Open - The Chainsmokers - Disruptor | Columbia
54 55 43 4 Odisea - Ozuna - VP Entertainment | Sony Music Latin
55 52 50 22 digital druglord - Blackbear - Beartrap/Alamo/Interscope | IGA
56 54 46 7 AI YoungBoy - YoungBoy Never Broke Again - Never Broke Again | AG
57 158 75 15 Witness - Katy Perry - Capitol
58 60 57 71 Coloring Book - Chance The Rapper - Chance The Rapper
59 67 65 32 Brett Young - Brett Young - BMLG
60 40 116 171 In The Lonely Hour - Sam Smith - Capitol
61 62 55 25 Painting Pictures - Kodak Black - Dollaz N Dealz/Atlantic | AG
62 59 49 5 Still Striving - A$AP Ferg - A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds | RCA
63 57 40 145 1989 - Taylor Swift - Big Machine | BMLG
64 70 61 152 Montevallo - Sam Hunt - MCA Nashville | UMGN
65 48 26 22 Guardians Of The Galaxy, Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 - Soundtrack - Marvel | Hollywood
66 66 64 170 x - Ed Sheeran - Atlantic | AG
67 68 77 12 Dua Lipa - Dua Lipa - Warner Bros.
68 64 67 87 ANTI - Rihanna - Westbury Road | Roc Nation
69 58 52 9 Flower Boy - Tyler, The Creator - Odd Future | Columbia
70 73 66 64 California Sunrise - Jon Pardi - Capitol Nashville | UMGN
71 RE 69 Lemonade - Beyonce - Parkwood | Columbia
72 72 68 238 Take Care - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
73 69 59 123 Blurryface - twenty one pilots - Fueled By Ramen | AG
74 88 69 20 From A Room: Volume 1 - Chris Stapleton - Mercury Nashville | UMGN
75 106 80 260 Night Visions - Imagine Dragons - KIDinaKORNER/Interscope | IGA
76 74 63 56 Dig Your Roots - Florida Georgia Line - BMLG
77 61 123 209 Greatest Hits - 2Pac - Amaru/Death Row/Interscope | UMe
78 77 78 108 Beauty Behind The Madness - The Weeknd - XO | Republic
79 96 85 19 Harry Styles - Harry Styles - Erskine | Columbia
80 75 71 17 True To Self - Bryson Tiller - TrapSoul | RCA
81 65 45 9 Descendants 2 - Soundtrack - Walt Disney
82 78 79 14 BEAUTIFUL THUGGER GIRLS - Young Thug - 300/Atlantic | AG
83 110 99 46 Back From The Edge - James Arthur - Columbia
84 84 84 33 I Decided. - Big Sean - G.O.O.D. | Def Jam
85 86 76 256 good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar - Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
86 79 83 92 Greatest Hits I II & III: The Platinum Collection - Queen - Hollywood
87 89 87 146 2014 Forest Hills Drive - J. Cole - Dreamville/Roc Nation | Columbia
88 91 91 104 T R A P S O U L - Bryson Tiller - TrapSoul | RCA
89 92 88 30 HNDRXX - Future - A-1/Freebandz | Epic
90 63 35 4 Happy Endings - Old Dominion - RCA Nashville | SMN
91 101 95 23 The Fate Of The Furious: The Album - Soundtrack - Universal Studios/Artist Partners Group/Atlantic | AG
92 94 93 40 FREE 6LACK - 6LACK - LVNR/Interscope | IGA
93 83 89 104 Tangled Up - Thomas Rhett - Valory | BMLG
94 71 53 4 Freudian - Daniel Caesar - Golden Child
95 81 74 42 "Awaken, My Love!" - Childish Gambino - mcDJ | Glassnote
96 97 73 72 Ripcord - Keith Urban - Hit Red/Capitol Nashville | UMGN
97 199 200 147 Greatest Hits - Red Hot Chili Peppers - Warner Bros.
98 87 54 7 NOW 63 - Various Artists - Universal/Sony Music | Legacy
99 76 28 4 Villains - Queens Of The Stone Age - Matador
100 ** 1 By Any Means 2 - Kevin Gates - Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic | AG
101 98 90 41 4 Your Eyez Only - J. Cole - Dreamville | Roc Nation
102 ** 1 The Aviary - Galantis - Big Beat/Atlantic | AG
103 105 96 96 25 - Adele - XL | Columbia
104 103 97 76 The Life Of Pablo - Kanye West - G.O.O.D. | Def Jam
105 93 48 4 A Deeper Understanding - The War On Drugs - Atlantic | AG
106 5 2 All The Light Above It Too - Jack Johnson - Brushfire | Republic
107 123 121 5 A Love Letter To You - Trippie Redd - Strainge
108 10 2 Slowheart - Kip Moore - MCA Nashville | UMGN
109 102 86 40 Sing - Soundtrack - Universal Studios/Illumination | Republic
110 132 98 17 One More Light - Linkin Park - Machine Shop | Warner Bros.
111 56 1 3 American Dream - LCD Soundsystem - DFA | Columbia
112 RE 378 Nevermind - Nirvana - Sub Pop/DGC/Geffen | UMe
113 99 70 6 Federal 3X - Moneybagg Yo - N-Less/Interscope | IGA
114 ** 1 The Laughing Apple - Yusuf - Cat-O-Log/Decca/Verve | VLG
115 119 109 205 Nothing Was The Same - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
116 148 132 76 Cleopatra - The Lumineers - Dualtone
117 114 107 19 Revenge - XXXTentacion - Bad Vibes Forever | EMPIRE Recordings
118 121 106 88 Death Of A Bachelor - Panic! At The Disco - DCD2/Fueled By Ramen | AG
119 116 104 69 Lil Uzi Vert Vs. The World - Lil Uzi Vert - Generation Now/Atlantic | AG
120 124 110 137 If You're Reading This It's Too Late - Drake - Young Money/Cash Money | Republic
121 95 60 9 Lust For Life - Lana Del Rey - Polydor/Interscope | IGA
122 117 100 99 Greatest Hits - The Notorious B.I.G. - Bad Boy | Rhino
123 115 102 24 My Moment - Tee Grizzley - 300 | AG
124 126 101 6 Their Greatest Hits: Volumes 1 & 2 - Eagles - Asylum/Warner Strategic Marketing | Rhino
125 113 94 488 Legend: The Best Of... - Bob Marley And The Wailers - Tuff Gong/Island | UMe
126 ** 1 Feel The Real - Musiq Soulchild - Soulstar | eOne
127 20 2 Hitchhiker - Neil Young - Reprise | Warner Bros.
128 ** 1 Give More Love - Ringo Starr - Roccabella | UMe
129 127 128 10 At What Cost - GoldLink - Squaaash Club | RCA
130 131 108 97 Purpose - Justin Bieber - SchoolBoy/Raymond Braun | Def Jam
131 122 105 57 Blonde - Frank Ocean - Boys Don't Cry
132 128 133 30 NAV - NAV - XO | Republic
133 129 112 70 Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande - Republic
134 130 92 210 The Essential Michael Jackson - Michael Jackson - Epic | Legacy
135 ** 1 Clairvoyant - The Contortionist - Good Fight | eOne
136 138 111 479 Journey's Greatest Hits - Journey - Columbia | Legacy
137 120 81 113 Guardians Of The Galaxy: Awesome Mix Vol. 1 - Soundtrack - Marvel | Hollywood
138 139 127 114 DS2 - Future - A-1/Freebandz | Epic
139 149 118 137 Greatest Hits So Far... - Zac Brown Band - ROAR/Southern Ground/Atlantic | AG
140 137 138 108 Badlands - Halsey - Astralwerks
141 144 124 342 Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars - Elektra | AG
142 133 114 59 Suicide Squad: The Album - Soundtrack - DC/Atlas/WaterTower/Atlantic | AG
143 ** 1 10 - Ricky Dillard & New G - eOne
144 136 415 Greatest Hits - Guns N' Roses - Geffen | UMe
145 163 171 68 Hero - Maren Morris - Columbia Nashville | SMN
146 141 126 46 Collage (EP) - The Chainsmokers - Disruptor | Columbia
147 ** 1 The Singles - The Doors - DMC/Elektra | Rhino
148 140 142 86 Islah - Kevin Gates - Bread Winners' Association/Atlantic | AG
149 155 129 179 [Hybrid Theory] - Linkin Park - Warner Bros. | Warner Bros.
150 134 130 58 Sremmlife 2 - Rae Sremmurd - Ear Drumner/Interscope | IGA
151 145 119 449 Metallica - Metallica - Blackened | Warner Bros.
152 150 149 62 Savage Mode - 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Slaughter Gang
153 135 141 67 Under Pressure - Logic - Visionary | Def Jam
154 ** 1 Savage: Songs From A Broken World - Gary Numan - Numan | BMG
155 147 115 333 Chronicle The 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fantasy | Concord
156 191 177 294 Born To Die - Lana Del Rey - Polydor/Interscope | IGA
157 146 113 10 Kaleidoscope EP - Coldplay - Parlophone/Atlantic | AG
158 RE 5 8 - Incubus - Island
159 ** 1 I Could Not Plan This - Witt Lowry - Witt Lowry
160 151 137 111 Kill The Lights - Luke Bryan - Capitol Nashville | UMGN
161 152 150 36 GTTM: Goin Thru The Motions - PnB Rock - EMPIRE Recordings/Atlantic | AG
162 100 34 4 Fifth Harmony - Fifth Harmony - SYCO | Epic
163 200 185 85 Smoke + Mirrors - Imagine Dragons - KIDinaKORNER/Interscope | IGA
164 RE 142 Greatest Hits 1970-2002 - Elton John - Rocket/UTV | UMe
165 154 139 8 Good For You - Amine - Republic
166 161 136 29 Pawn Shop - Brothers Osborne - EMI Nashville | UMGN
167 157 147 58 The Perfect LUV Tape - Lil Uzi Vert - Generation Now/Atlantic | AG
168 160 158 344 21 - Adele - XL | Columbia
169 RE 13 El Dorado - Shakira - Sony Music Latin
170 156 164 50 Artist - A Boogie Wit da Hoodie - Highbridge The Label/Atlantic | AG
171 167 140 54 They Don't Know - Jason Aldean - Macon/Broken Bow | BBMG
172 174 155 110 Cry Baby - Melanie Martinez - Atlantic | AG
173 ** 1 Walk Into A Storm - The Lone Bellow - Descendant/Masterworks | Sony Masterworks
174 165 228 Mothership - Led Zeppelin - Swan Song/Atlantic | Rhino
175 176 162 291 1 - The Beatles - Apple/Capitol | UMe
176 164 143 238 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac - Warner Bros. | Rhino
177 186 156 6 AVICI (01) (EP) - Avicii - Geffen | IGA
178 169 157 96 Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits - Blake Shelton - Warner Bros. Nashville | WMN
179 RE 129 Greatest Hits - Foo Fighters - Roswell | RCA
180 173 306 Thriller - Michael Jackson - Epic | Legacy
181 168 145 25 Long Live Nut - YFN Lucci - Think It's A Game | Warner Bros.
182 118 189 129 Graduation - Kanye West - Roc-A-Fella | Def Jam
183 171 174 182 Trilogy - The Weeknd - XO | Republic
184 ** 1 TrapXficante - Farruko - Carbon Fiber | Sony Music Latin
185 RE 143 American Idiot - Green Day - Reprise | Warner Bros.
186 180 161 234 Abbey Road - The Beatles - Apple/Capitol | UMe
187 198 178 42 All-Time Greatest Hits - Neil Diamond - Capitol | UMe
188 197 135 95 Mr. Misunderstood - Eric Church - EMI Nashville | UMGN
189 181 165 83 Nine Track Mind - Charlie Puth - Artist Partners Group/Atlantic | AG
190 125 13 After Laughter - Paramore - Fueled By Ramen | AG
191 159 148 297 Recovery - Eminem - Web/Shady/Aftermath/Interscope | IGA
192 184 159 162 Vessel - twenty one pilots - Fueled By Ramen | AG
193 ** 1 Dedicated To Bobby Jameson - Ariel Pink - Mexican Summer | Kemado
194 189 186 140 Hozier - Hozier - Rubyworks | Columbia
195 170 194 17 Teenage Emotions - Lil Yachty - Quality Control/Motown | Capitol
196 177 154 338 The Eminem Show - Eminem - Web/Aftermath/Interscope | UMe
197 RE 189 Unorthodox Jukebox - Bruno Mars - Atlantic | AG
198 185 168 241 Here's To The Good Times - Florida Georgia Line - BMLG
199 RE 42 Ultimate Sinatra - Frank Sinatra - Frank Sinatra Enterprises/Capitol | UMe
200 187 197 93 When It's Dark Out - G-Eazy - G-Eazy/RVG/BPG | RCA
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Foo Fighters Score Second No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 With 'Concrete and Gold'
By Keith Caulfield | September 24, 2017 4:50 PM EDT

Foo Fighters score their second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as their latest studio album, Concrete and Gold, debuts atop the list. The set earned 127,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Sept. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 120,000 were in traditional album sales, which also makes the effort the top-selling album of the week. Concrete and Gold was released Sept. 15 through Roswell/RCA Records.

Foo Fighters previously led the Billboard 200 with Wasting Light, which debuted at No. 1 in 2011. In total, the group has notched 12 entries on the list, with eight of those titles hitting the top 10. The band premiered on the tally dated July 22, 1995, with its self-titled album, and reached the top 10 for the first time with its second release, The Colour and the Shape, in 1997.

Concrete and Gold has already generated a top 10 hit with its single "Run," which gave the band its 23rd top 10 single on the Alternative Songs airplay chart back in August. The set's latest radio offering, "The Sky Is a Neighborhood," climbed 20-17 on the Sept. 30-dated list. "Run" also topped the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart for four weeks.

Concrete and Gold is also the fifth rock album to lead the Billboard 200 in 2017, following LCD Soundsystem's American Dream, Brand New's Science Fiction, Arcade Fire's Everything Now and Linkin Park's One More Light. (In all of 2016, there were 10 rock albums that led the list.)

At No. 2 on the latest Billboard 200, Lil Uzi Vert's former leader, Luv is Rage 2, climbs two spots with 50,000 units (down 11 percent), while last week's No. 1, Thomas Rhett's Life Changes, falls to No. 3 with 39,000 units (down 68 percent). Kendrick Lamar's former No. 1 DAMN. rises 8-4 with 34,000 units (down 2 percent), <a href="/artist/7809983/xxxtentacion/chart">XXXTentacion</a>'s 17 ascends 6-5 with 33,000 units (down 17 percent) and Khalid's American Dream jumps 9-6 with 31,000 units (up less than 1 percent).

South Korean boy band BTS makes a big splash in the top 10, as the seven-member group's new album, Love Yourself: Her, debuts at No. 7 with 31,000 units (18,000 in traditional album sales, just less than 4,000 in TEA and a little under 10,000 in SEA).

BTS earns both the highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200 by a K-pop act, and the genre's biggest sales week. The group beats its own record, as the act's 2016 album, Wings, was previously both the highest-charting K-pop album (debut and peak at No. 26 on the Oct. 29, 2016-dated list) and owner of the biggest sales week for a K-pop title (11,000 copies sold in its debut frame -- all from digital albums). Notably, Wings and Love Yourself: Her are the only K-pop albums that have charted in the top 40.

Since the release of Wings, BTS' popularity has grown tremendously in the U.S., so it's not a huge surprise to see the robust sales figure for the new album. For example, the act debuted at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart the same week that Wings entered the Billboard 200. (The Social 50 chart measures the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr.)

Since hitting No. 1, BTS has racked up 40 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list. The group's extraordinary popularity on social networks (and very active fanbase online) led to its first Billboard Music Award win for Top Social Artist back in May. (BTS also befriended dance duo The Chainsmokers at the Billboard Music Awards, which led to the pair's Andrew Taggart co-writing and co-producing a track on BTS' new album.)

Also helping the sales cause, the new album is distributed by Sony's independent distribution arm, The Orchard. It's the first time an album by BTS has American distribution, as the group's previous releases were issued through U.S. digital retailers independently by the group's South Korean label, Big Hit Entertainment. While Love Yourself: Her is currently only available as a digital album in the U.S., a physical CD release is forthcoming.

Lastly, BTS' online fan army mobilized in high volume during street week in order to get the word out about the album. The passionate fandom was very focused on achieving high chart placement, as fan-run social media accounts helped fellow BTS fans understand how Billboard's charts are compiled, and how sales and streams impact the Billboard 200 during an album's first week, and so forth. (Some fans even went so far as to gift the album to friends via Apple's iTunes Store in order to spread the word. However, sales of any specific album purchased on iTunes and gifted to another are not reported to Nielsen Music by Apple, and thus, do not count on Billboard's charts.)

At No. 8 on the new Billboard 200, Imagine Dragons' Evolve returns to the top 10, as it climbs 13-8 with 28,000 units (up 8 percent).

Country duo Big & Rich nabs its fourth top 10 effort, and first since 2007, as its new album, Did It for the Party, arrives at No. 9 with 27,000 units (26,000 in album sales). The pair last visited the top 10 with Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, back in June of 2007 (debuting and peaking at No. 6). The duo first hit the chart in 2004 with Horse of a Different Color, which topped out at No. 6.

Closing out the new top 10 is Post Malone's Stoney, which jumps back into the top 10 with a 17-10 rise (26,000 units; up 24 percent). The set was last in the top 10 on the July 1-dated list, when it also ranked at No. 10. The rise is owed in part to excitement generated by Post Malone in the past week, as he released a well-received new single, "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, on Sept. 15. The track, however, is not included on Stoney.

BTS Score Top 10 Debut on Billboard 200 With 'Love Yourself: Her' Album
By Jeff Benjamin and Keith Caulfield | September 24, 2017 7:00 PM EDT

The seven-member group's new album, Love Yourself: Her, debuts at No. 7 with 31,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 21, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 18,000 were in traditional album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Oct. 7-dated chart (where Foo Fighters' Concrete and Gold debuts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites Tuesday (Sept. 26). The rest of Love Yourself: Her's starting unit sum was comprised of just less than 4,000 TEA units, and a little under 10,000 SEA units.

BTS earns both the highest-charting album ever on the Billboard 200 by a K-pop act, and the genre's biggest sales week. The group beats its own record, as the act's 2016 album, Wings, was previously both the highest-charting K-pop album (debut and peak at No. 26 on the Oct. 29, 2016-dated list) and owner of the biggest sales week for a K-pop title (11,000 copies sold in its debut frame -- all from digital albums). Notably, Wings and Love Yourself: Her are the only K-pop albums that have charted in the top 40.

Since the release of Wings, BTS' popularity has grown tremendously in the U.S., so it's not a huge surprise to see the robust sales figure for the new album. For example, the act debuted at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart the same week that Wings entered the Billboard 200. (The Social 50 chart measures the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr.)

Since hitting No. 1, BTS has racked up 40 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list. The group's extraordinary popularity on social networks (and very active fanbase online) led to its first Billboard Music Award win for Top Social Artist back in May.

Also helping the sales cause, the new album is distributed by Sony's independent distribution arm, The Orchard. It's the first time an album by BTS has American distribution, as the group's previous releases were issued through U.S. digital retailers independently by the group's South Korean label, Big Hit Entertainment. While Love Yourself: Her is currently only available as a digital album in the U.S., a physical CD release is forthcoming.

Lastly, BTS' online fan army mobilized in high volume during street week in order to get the word out about the album. The passionate fandom was very focused on achieving high chart placement, as fan-run social media accounts helped fellow BTS fans understand how Billboard's charts are compiled, and how sales and streams impact the Billboard 200 during an album's first week, and so forth. (Some fans even went so far as to gift the album to friends via Apple's iTunes Store in order to spread the word. However, sales of any specific album purchased on iTunes and gifted to another are not reported to Nielsen Music by Apple, and thus, do not count on Billboard's charts.)

BTS further its lead as the K-pop act with the most entries on the Billboard 200, growing to five entries following 2017's You Never Walk Alone (a deluxe repackaged version of Wings that peaked at No. 76), 2016's Wings (No. 26) and The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever (a compilation album that peaked at No. 107), plus 2015's The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 (No. 171). The only other K-pop acts to have multiple entries on the Billboard 200 are solo star G-Dragon (who has three), along with male acts BIGBANG and EXO (with two each).

The album itself puts BTS in a position for a larger global domination while still remaining true to the band's original messages. Of course, the guys deliver the emotionally driven electro-pop/hip-hop hybrids they're famous for with single "DNA" (featuring the most seismic synthesizers of the band's career mixed with an powerfully addictive whistle hook) along with the tender melancholy dripping from "Best of Me" (featuring production from The Chainsmokers' Andrew Taggart for the band's most attractive appeal to Western audiences to date). Yet the record gets even more complex and has larger messages that honor the band's dedication larger, social issues. The theme is set from the beginning with the use of gender-neutral pronouns in opening track "Intro: Serendipity" to a discussion of youth hopelessness in "Go Go," along with a playful-yet-eye-opening examination of the very fan culture that have made them such international sensations in "Pied Piper." If the accessible sounds alongside vocal and rap deliveries initially hook listeners, the thought-provoking messages in the lyrics and themes will keep fans thinking and listening over and over.

While BTS landing in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 is an accomplishment in and of itself, if the band can simultaneously score an entry on the Hot 100, it will make them only the second K-pop act to land a Korean-language song on the singles chart. To date, only PSY, Wonder Girls and CL have landed songs on the ranking, with the latter two's entries in English. BTS' "Spring Day" debuted at No. 15 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart earlier this year, the closest Korean-language song to make it onto the Hot 100 until Blackpink's "As If It's Your Last" hit No. 13 this summer.
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US PROJECTED SALES

Shania Twain (Mercury Nashville) 121-132k SPS, 120-130k album
Demi Lovato(Island/Safehouse/Hollywood) 68-78k, 45-55k
Miley Cyrus (RCA) 40-55k, 30-40k

Ouch at Miley.
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