IFPI, the organisation that represents the recorded music industry worldwide, has announced that BTS’ MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 is the winner of 2020’s IFPI Global Album Sales Chart. The chart combines global sales of physical and digital album downloads to rank the top albums of the year. 

This marks the third Global Chart Award given to the band by IFPI, following their success as Global Recording Artists of 2020, and MAPu OF THE SOUL : 7 topping the newly introduced IFPI Global Album All Format Chart.

The fourth studio album from global superstars BTS, MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 saw incredible sales all over the world and broke the all-time sales record in the band’s home country of Korea.

BTS also feature at #2 in the chart with BE (Deluxe Edition) and at #8 with MAP OF THE SOUL : 7 ~ THE JOURNEY ~, bringing their total number of appearances across IFPI’s Global Charts to six.

Frances Moore, Chief Executive of IFPI, said: “BTS’ success across IFPI’s global charts – including the top two positions in this chart – is unprecedented and demonstrates the amazing global appeal of their music. We would like to congratulate the band once again on such a successful year.”

BTS is also the first act to rank 3 album sun the top 10 in IFPI’s year end global sales chart since Michael Jackson did it in 2009 and the first act in history to earn the top 2 best selling albums on a year end IFPI chart

Following up appearances in the Global Album All Format Chart are Taylor Swift with folklore (#4) and Justin Bieber’s Changes (#7). Australian rock group AC/DC also feature (#6) with their long-awaited album POWER UP. Japanese artist Kenshi Yonezu charts at #3 with STRAY SHEEP and BLACKPINK sits at #5 with THE ALBUM. Winners of last year’s award ARASHI sit at #9 with This is Arashi, and Japanese band, King Gnu, are at #10 with Ceremony.

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