13 Things to Know About the Charts This Week: BTS Blasts to Record-Breaking Bows on Billboard 200, Hot 100 & More


You can’t spell “Billboard charts” without B-T-S.

Billboard's charts can be summed up in three letters this week: BTS.

The superstar South Korean group dominates, as its Love Yourself: Tear debuts as the first K-pop album to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200. The set also sparks BTS' rise to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart for the first time.

Meanwhile, Drake returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Nice for What,” while Lil Baby (“Yes Indeed,” with Drake), Ella Mai (“Boo'd Up”) and BTS (“Fake Love”) all score their first top 10s on the chart.

Here are 13 other things to know about the charts this week:

1. On the latest Chart Beat Podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson discuss BTS' historic week with JJ Ryan, program director KJYO (KJ103) Oklahoma City, a champion several the group's singles, including “Fake Love.” “It's BTS' world and we're just living in it,” Ryan muses. Click here to listen.

2. BTS also earns its first No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, as “Fake Love” launches at the top spot. Click here to read about the feat.

3. “Fake Love” further marks BTS' first top 10 on the Streaming Songs chart. Click here to read the story.

4. More BTS: As “Fake Love” debuts at No. 10 on the Hot 100, the track becomes just the 17th primarily non-English-language song to have hit the chart's top 10. Click here for the full list.

5. Even more BTS: With an assist from selfies that the group snapped with John Legend, Backstreet Boys and The Chainsmokers, BTS continues to rule the Social 50 chart. Click here to read the story and see the photos.

6. Looking ahead to next week's Billboard 200, Shawn Mendes' new self-titled album is expected to debut at No. 1, earning him his third straight leader. Click here to read the Billboard 200 forecast.

7. On the Pop Shop Podcast, Keith Caulfield and Katie Atkinson chat with Jessie Ware about tips for festival-goers, what it's like to host a podcast with her mom and more. Click here to listen.

8. Maluma notches his second consecutive No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart, with F.A.M.E. Click here to read about the bow.

9. Darius Rucker scores his eighth No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart with “For the First Time.” Plus, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's “Meant to Be” has now ruled Hot Country Songs for six months. Click here to read the story.

10. As “Chun-Li” hits the top 10 the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart, Nicki Minaj passes Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige for the most top 10s among women. Click here for the post.

11. Following his performance at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding, Sheku Kanneh-Mason helps boost classical music sales to their highest totals in over a year. Plus, the cellist earns his first No. 1 on Classical Albums. Click here for details.

12. After its first five stops, Taylor Swift's Reputation Tour earned $54 million and leads the latest Hot Tours tally. Click here for more touring totals.

13. As Billboard celebrates 1998 Week, Gary Trust looks back at an important rule change that year that allowed Goo Goo Dolls' “Iris,” Natalie Imbruglia's “Torn,” Aaliyah's “Are You That Somebody?” and other radio hits not released as commercially-available singles to chart on the Hot 100 at last. Click here for the deep dive.