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BTS’s ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ Is Already One Of The Longest-Charting Korean Albums In Canadian History

One frame after BTS member Suga debuted his solo mixtape D-2 on the Canadian Albums chart at No. 12 (instantly making it one of the highest-charting Korean-language titles in the country’s history), that effort is gone, but the latest from the band that made him a star is still going strong.

By holding on for one more frame, the set has moved up on an important all-time ranking and proved the group’s popularity one more time…and it’s sure to continue doing so.

BTS’s Map of the Soul: 7 only falls one rung this time around, slipping slightly from No. 64 to No. 65. This is the set’s fifteenth frame on Billboard’s Canadian Albums chart, which ranks the 100 most-consumed titles in the country every week. 15 turns on the tally is one of the longest stays on the list among Korean-language titles, and at this point, the septet is only competing with themselves to beat their own previously-set records.

Currently, Map of the Soul: 7 is tied with two other BTS albums for the honor of being the third-longest-charting release by a South Korean musician or group. Both Map of the Soul: Persona and Love Yourself: Tear also managed 15 stays on the Canadian Albums list before falling off.

Leading the way among all Korean-language projects when it comes to the most time spent on the Canadian Albums chart is the seven-member vocal group’s Love Yourself: Answer, which has now racked up an incredible 40 turns on the tally. Behind that cut comes Love Yourself: Her, which lived on the list for 28 frames. 

Map of the Soul: 7 will almost surely still be present on the Canadian Albums chart when Billboard publishes a newer version of the list in a week or so, and at that point, it will stand alone as the third-longest-charting full-length by a South Korean act, pushing the two efforts it is currently on the same level as to fourth place on the all-time ranking of the most successful Korean-language projects.

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