As the first South Korean band to attain superstar status in the United States, BTS have done an remarkable job of maintaining it. Each album has topped its predecessor, and the group’s fourth full studio outing, “Map of the Soul: 7,” looks to be no exception, with all 20 of its titles landed in the Top 20 of iTunes’ top songs chart, even the five that had been previously released on their 2019 EP.
Taut and primal, “MOTS: 7” is a kind of self-referential homage. Currently in their seventh year together, the septet has always put forth an all-for-one, one-for-all attitude, and although each of the group’s members; rappers RM, Suga and J-Hope; and vocalists Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook, each get solo turns to shine here, their collective work is what stands out.
While BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7 has been a chart force since it stormed in with the year’s biggest sales week and their single “On” earning the group’s first Top 5 on the Hot 100, other albums tracks are increasingly finding love as the album moves into its third month on the charts.
Altogether, “My Time,” “Filter” and “UGH!” have all spent seven weeks on the World Digital Songs Sales chart while “On” has spent eight, and “Black Swan” (released ahead of the other tracks on Jan. 17, 2020) has spent 12 weeks.
Notably, there hasn’t been any push by BTS or their labels for these album tracks with only music videos available for “On” and “Black Swan.” Could these cuts continue to become hits all their own? If BTS’ A.R.M.Y. has any say, soon all of the group’s tracks will have some type of chart glory after the massively passionate and organized fandom has utilized digital downloads to show everything from supportive messages to the band and the likes.