The devil works hard but the BTS Army work harder. The South Korean pop monoliths have just scored their fifth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Be.
The record, which arrived on November 20th, scored 242,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending November 26th. This marks the second No.1 album for the band this year, following Map of the Soul: 7, which dropped on March 7th. Other chart-toppers include Love Yourself: Tear, Love Yourself: Answer, Map of the Soul: Persona.
It’s been a momentous year for BTS, who hit a career milestone after becoming the first K-pop act to receive a Grammy nomination. The band’s sensational track, ‘Dynamite’, scored a nod for best pop performance.
“Thank you to everyone who listened to our music and empathised with it in difficult times,” wrote BTS in a tweet. “Above all, it is you ARMY that made the miracle of (us becoming) a Grammy-nominated artist. Thank you and love you always.”
In addition to a Grammy nod, ‘Dynamite’ because the first-ever song by a South Korean artist to debut at top of the Billboard Hot 100.
BE features an unlikely collaboration with Sydney electro-pop royalty Cosmos Midnight. The twins co-wrote and produced the track ‘Fly To My Room’ for the album.
“We didn’t really process it until the day it came out,” Pat & Cosmo told triple j of the experience. “Just listening to the vocals, it was like ‘Okay, this is for real.” As the finished version played for the first time, they sat in awestruck silence.
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