BTS earns sixth No. 1 album with ‘Proof’ despite group’s upcoming hiatus

Los Angeles: Popular K-pop band BTS’ new compilation album ‘Proof’ has granted the powerhouse their sixth No. 1 album to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart, despite their upcoming break.

According to ‘Variety’, four days before ‘Proof’ dropped, the group announced they would be taking a break to focus on their solo careers.

That news had little impact on the Army, however, as ‘Proof’ opened at No. 1 on the album chart (dated June 25), with the equivalent of 314,000 sales in the US, according to Billboard via Luminate.

A large part of that unit figure was motivated by CD album sales, which included an extra 13 tracks as opposed to the digital download and streaming album.

The album, released June 10, is a three-disc compilation with a large majority of its contents being previously released material.

‘Proof’ also features three all-new tracks, including ‘Yet to Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)’, which entered at No.1 on the Billboard’s Global-Excluding-US chart, extending BTS’ own record for a 17th week top Billboard’s Global-Excluding-US chart.

On the same chart, Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ bounced back for a 10th week at No. 1, while Joji’s ‘Glimpse of Us’ and Bad Bunny’s ‘Efecto’ made their debut in the tier.

According to ‘Variety’, Bad Bunny’s ‘Un Verano Sin Ti’ slipped to a No. 2 spot on the new Billboard 200 with 129,000 equivalent album units earned while Styles’ ‘Harry’s House’ remains stagnant on the Billboard 200 at No. 3 with 91,000 equivalent album units.

SZA’s ‘Ctrl’ jumped from No. 35 to No. 9 on the 200 charts, following the album’s fifth-anniversary deluxe reissue (released June 10) which added seven previously unreleased songs to the 14-track album.

Post Malone’s ‘Twelve Carat Toothache’ falls 2-4 in its second week.

Morgan Wallen’s ‘Dangerous: The Double Album’ is still at No. 6, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers’ slides 5-7 and Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ remains at No. 8.

Carrie Underwood also earned her 10th consecutive top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 with her new studio release ‘Denim & Rhinestones'” It closes the Billboard 200 chart at No. 10 with 31,000 equivalent album units earned.

Jack Harlow’s ‘First Class’ remains in the No. 2 spot on the chart, after three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 while Future’s ‘Wait For U’, featuring Drake and Tems, is steady at No. 3.

Lizzo’s ‘About Damn Time’ bumps 5-4 and Kate Bush’s ‘Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)’ slips to No. 5 on the Hot 100.

Last week, it had climbed to a No. 4 peak, just two weeks after it re-entered the chart at No. 8. Glass Animals’ ‘Heat Waves’ recurs at No. 6 on the Hot 100, after five weeks at No. 1; Latto’s ‘Big Energy’ stays at No. 7, and Bad Bunny and Chencho Corleone’s ‘Me Porto Bonito’ is steady at No. 8.

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