IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has just launched its Global Album All Format Chart, announcing BTS’ MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 as the first ever winner, following a countdown of the top ten biggest albums globally. 

The fourth studio album from global superstars BTS, MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 broke records and topped charts all over the world after its release in February 2020. As well as unprecedented success in BTS’ home country of Korea, where the album broke the all-time sales record, MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 was a global hit, topping the charts in the world’s five largest music markets (USA, Japan, UK, Germany, France).

The album saw phenomenal physical sales across the world but was also a streaming hit – the YouTube premiere of the lead single ON was the biggest in the platform’s history, attracting over 1.5 million viewers. The album also reached #1 on the iTunes chart in over 90 countries.

Frances Moore, Chief Executive at IFPI, said: “We have introduced the Global Album All Format Chart to reflect the evolving landscape of the album format and to recognise how artists share their album projects in a variety of ways with their fans across multiple formats.

“It’s an honour to be able to hand BTS their second IFPI Global Chart Award, following their success as Global Recording Artists of the Year. MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 broke chart records internationally and in Korea, and is yet another incredible body of work from a band that continues to delight music lovers globally.”

BTS latest album, BE also made the chart nabbing the No. 4 spot behind The Weekend (No 2) and Billie Eilish (No 3). Other artists who made the chart where Harry Styles, Post Malone, Kenshi Yonezu, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Dua Lipa.

The chart, an addition to IFPI’s existing global awards, celebrates the best-selling albums of the year across all consumption formats, spanning physical sales, digital downloads, and streaming platforms.

On March 11, IFPI will be also he announcing the top 10 albums of 2020 based on physical sales and album downloads only.

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