BTS' Love Yourself: Tear is first K-pop album to top Billboard 200

Members of K-pop boy group BTS hold a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on May 24, 2018.
Members of K-pop boy group BTS hold a press conference in Seoul, South Korea on May 24, 2018.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Seven-member boyband BTS has become the first K-pop act to top the Billboard 200 music charts, with their third studio album Love Yourself: Tear debuting at No. 1, according to reports.

Their top spot on the American ranking of albums was reported on Sunday (May 27) by Billboard and will be posted online on Wednesday.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States based parameters such as traditional album sales and streaming equivalents. According to Billboard, Love Yourself: Tear, which was released on May 18, sold 135,000 album units of which 100,000 were through traditional sales.

In South Korea, Love Yourself: Tear sold over one million albums in the week of its release, The Korea Herald reported.

Love Yourself: Tear comes only eight months after BTS released the album Love Yourself: Her, which debuted and peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 chart in October last year, according to Billboard.

BTS has been wowing US audiences in recent years. On May 20, it became the first K-pop group to perform at the Billboard Music Awards and took home the Top Social Artist for the second year in a row.

The lead track of Love Yourself: Tear, titled Fake Love, racked up the third-largest 24-hour rating on YouTube since the video-streaming channel started keeping records.

Fake Love clocked 35.9 million views in a single day on YouTube. This 24-hour viewership is only outdone by Psy's Gentleman (36 million views in April 2013) and Taylor Swift's Look What You Made Me Do ( 43.2 million YouTube views).