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BTS, Blackpink And ‘IZ’: Excitement On The World Albums Chart

This week is a particularly quiet one on the World Albums chart, as no new titles debut on the 15-spot tally…but that just means there’s less competition and that older, beloved projects can return to add to their already-impressive runs.

Here are three titles to pay attention to on this week’s World Albums chart.

No. 1 – BTS – Map of the Soul: 7

Following a relatively small (but apparently large enough) sales bump, BTS’s Map of the Soul: 7 returns to the No. 1 spot on the World Albums chart this week. The set steps up one space, as it sat in the runner-up rung last time around. In doing so, it swaps spots with the band’s other recent release, Be, which rules more frequently than not these days.

Map of the Soul: 7 debuted atop the World Albums chart last March, and it has since spent 60 weeks on the ranking of the bestselling “world” titles in the U.S. This frame, it also lifts to No. 17 on the Top Album Sales list, which looks only at those titles that actually sold the most copies. More than 4,500 fans of the South Korean septet purchased the set in the previous tracking period.

tFor the second week in a row, BTS claim seven of the spaces inside the top 10, giving them control over 70% of the competitive arena.

No. 13 – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole – Facing Future

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, sometimes known simply as “IZ,” returns to the World Albums chart once again with the biggest release of his career, Facing Future, which has now been out for almost 30 years. The set is continuously powered by the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World,” a mashup of two classics that the Hawaiian musician put his own spin on. That cut is apparently never going to disappear, and this week it tops the World Digital Song Sales chart once again, which likely helps explain why the full-length is back.

No. 14 – Blackpink – Kill This Love

As their first full-length The Album keeps at No. 3 for another spin, an earlier Blackpink record finds its way back to the World Albums chart for another go. The South Korean quartet’s Kill This Love EP reappears at No. 14, narrowly sneaking onto the tally. The title, which once ruled over the roster, has now spent 49 frames on the list, and it is fast approaching a full year on the ranking.