BTS’ Latest Album Receives 3.4 Million Pre-Orders in Just 7 Days

BTS' Latest Album Receives 3.4 Million Pre-Orders in Just 7 Days
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BTS' Latest Album Receives 3.4 Million Pre-Orders in Just 7 Days
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Big Hit Entertainment, the South Korean entertainment company, has announced that the upcoming album by K-Pop sensations BTS has already sold over 3.4 million copies in just seven days, based on data from the album’s distributor, Dreamus Company. This is a staggering number, especially considering the fact that the album, Map of the Soul: 7, is not set to be released until February 21. The album has been available for pre-order since January 9, and the 3.4 million total includes sales through January 15.

These numbers indicate that the album may do even better than the group’s wildly successful predecessor, Map of the Soul: Persona. That album, which was released last year, was the best-selling Korean album in history, according to Billboard. But the new BTS album has dwarfed Persona in terms of pre-orders. The group has a massive and dedicated fan base, known as the “ARMY,” who have been eagerly anticipating this release. The group has been known to incorporate themes of self-reflection and personal growth into their music, which has resonated with fans worldwide.

Making the numbers even more impressive is the fact that digital download and physical music sales have slumped considerably in recent years, in correspondence with the rise of streaming. Last year in the United States, download and physical sales together accounted for only 9% of recorded music sales, with streaming accounting for a whopping 80% of sales. Despite this trend, BTS has managed to break records and sell millions of physical copies of their albums.

For those who cannot wait until February 21, the group will release the first single off Map of the Soul: 7 on January 17. The yet-unnamed track will be accompanied by an art film performed by the Slovenian dance troupe MN Dance Company. This release is sure to generate even more excitement and anticipation for the album.

In addition to the upcoming album, BTS member Suga released a solo effort entitled “Interlude: Shadow” last week. The song is a reflection on the pressures of fame and the constant need to perform at a high level. Suga’s solo work has been well-received by fans and critics alike, and many are looking forward to seeing what he will do next.

BTS made news last month when it was announced that Jin may face severe travel restrictions this year because of his looming military service. In South Korea, all able-bodied men between the ages of 18 and 28 are required to serve in the military for approximately two years. While BTS has been granted an exemption from this requirement, it is unclear if Jin will be able to avoid it as well.

The group was formed in 2013. Its name is an acronym for the Korean expression “Bangtan Sonyeondan,” which means “Bulletproof Boy Scouts.” They are reportedly worth over $4.65 billion to the South Korean economy yearly, which represents 0.3% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). They have also already received ten Guinness World Records, including for most Twitter engagements. The group has accomplished so much in just a few short years, and their influence on the music industry and pop culture as a whole cannot be overstated.

In conclusion, BTS is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry, and their upcoming album, Map of the Soul: 7, is already breaking records and generating buzz. With a dedicated fan base and a track record of success, it is clear that BTS will continue to dominate the charts and push boundaries in the years to come.