It just wouldn’t be a proper week on the record charts without BigHit’s BTS storming the scene with another reactive release. (They’re pretty good at it by now!) The K-pop icons, formed in 2013 in Seoul, return with a Japanese-language album called Face Yourself, a set that combines new versions of some of their recent album cuts and a handful of original songs. As of Wednesday afternoon, sales stats for the new album currently stand at five tracks in the top 100 on iTunes in the U.S., including “Don’t Leave Me” (#6) and “Let Go” (#16), as the set ranks at #2 behind The Weeknd’s current EP (and in the top 40 at Apple Music.) iTunes affiliates in more than 80 countries reported the set somewhere in the top 200, hitting #1 in over 50 of them.
A previous EP cut from the group, “Crystal Snow”, which ranks in the lower rungs of the top 100, appears as though it could lead on the streaming side for some time. The tune registers at close to 8.2 million plays globally thus far at Spotify, as of the most recent update, and you can expect that total (and its 12,500 tags on Shazam) to build in the coming days. Does this mean the band should be prepping for their second U.S. radio hit later this year? There’s snow limit now. (Images courtesy of BigHit Entertainment and Virgin/Universal Japan)
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