Kim Nam-joon is no stranger to breaking records as one of seven members of BTS but this time he’s breaking them solo. With only 2 days notice to his fans and the world, Nam-joon (RM) dropped his second solo album, Mono, last Tuesday and in just 3 days charted in multiple Billboard charts.
His album was released for free download as well as via digital-download and streaming services and debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 with 21,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 25, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 16,000 were in traditional album sales. It’s interesting to note none of these sales were physical copies.
Before Mono., the best solo release from the K-pop scene came from RM’s BTS band mate J-Hope whose Hope World mixtape peaked at No. 38 in March. This makes Nam-joon the highest ranking Korean soloist on Billboard charts, ever.
On top of that, Mono, came in number 2 on the World Artist’s Chart behind EXO’s Lay’s album NAMANANA. BTS rules the majority of the top spots with Love Yourself: Answer dropping to #3, Love Yourself: Tear at #4, Love Yourself: Her at #5. Their Japanese album Face Yourself is currently at #12 while band mate J-Hope’s Hope World re-enters the charts at #9.
As if that wasn’t enough, RM leads Billboard’s Emerging Artists list on the strength of his sophomore solo mixtape Mono., and currently lands six songs on the World Digital Song Sales chart, led by “Seoul” at #5.
Looks like it’s Nam-joon’s world, we’re just living in it.