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BTS fans the world over have been turning out in droves to show their love for their favorite band by purchasing and streaming their new set Map of the Soul: 7, and nowhere have they been more supportive than in the group’s home country of South Korea. It’s been incredible to watch the number of copies the set has sold already rise higher and higher with every passing day, and now the title has made history in the Asian nation by passing one of the most successful release ever.
Map of the Soul: 7 has now sold 3.343 million copies in South Korea alone, an absolutely insane sum considering the fact that it has only been out for less than a complete tracking frame. The number reportedly makes the newly-launched set the second-bestseller in the country’s history.
Finding exact data for South Korean albums released more than a few years ago is difficult, but it looks like Map of the Soul: 7 has now overtaken the legendary Kim Gun-mo’s massively successful title Wrongful Encounter, which dropped back in 1995 and which was a huge seller at the time. Reports vary, but it appears that title has sold somewhere between 2.86 million and 3.3 million, and while those figures do date to several years ago, it’s not likely it’s increased much since then.
Map of the Soul: 7 now sits behind only one other album, which holds onto its distinction of being the bestselling title in South Korean history. The same group’s 2019 offering Map of the Soul: Persona, the effort that kicked off this latest series of smash successes for the septet, has now sold at least 3.718 million copies, which it managed last year alone. That sum has increased since, and thanks to all the attention BTS is currently receiving, the project is still going strong this frame.
There is only one day left in Map of the Soul: 7’s introductory tracking frame, and it will surely add thousands, perhaps tens of thousands onto its already giant sales total in the country.
BTS’s Map of the Soul: 7 smashed records when it first arrived, moving over two and a half million copies in its first day of availability alone and becoming the first title in South Korean history to sell three million units in just one week, a feat it managed in four days.