For once, BTS aren’t in charge of the World Albums chart, which is actually fairly rare to see. The seven-member vocal band are almost always found at No. 1 on the ranking, but this frame, they’re replaced atop the roster by another beloved act from their home country of South Korea, one which is very quickly making their name known after less than a year together.
Here are three titles to pay attention to on this week’s World Albums chart.
No. 1 – ENHPEN – Border: Carnival
It was just a few weeks ago that ENHYPEN reappeared on the World Albums chart, as their second-ever project Border: Carnival narrowly broke into the top 10 on that tally, opening at No. 9. The EP then quickly fell off the ranking, but now it’s back and performing better than ever. The set returns at No. 1, giving the group their first champion. At the same time, the project lands at No. 18 on the Billboard 200, helping them make history in other ways.
ENHYPEN is the first group to replace BTS atop the World Albums chart in some time, and their performance this week is a sign that they are absolutely one of the most exciting new names to watch in the K-pop space.
No. 4 – BTS – BE
BTS may not be in charge of the World Albums chart anymore, but they are celebrating yet again, as they do almost every frame. The septet’s most recent release Be hits 26 weeks on the tally, or exactly half a year. The title falls from No. 2 to No. 4 this time around, pushed down by ENHYPEN’s returning champion. Two other BTS projects appear before it, with Map of the Soul: 7 and Love Yourself: Answer landing at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
Be is BTS’s tenth release to spend at least half a year on the World Album chart.
No. 14 – TAEMIN – Advice
Just a few days ahead of his mandatory military enlistment (which all young men must commit to in South Korea), TAEMIN has scored another hit on the World Albums chart with his latest EP Advice. The title lands at No. 14, narrowly making it onto the 15-space roster. He has now appeared on the list with at least seven solo projects, while as a member of SHINee, he’s sent more than 10 studio efforts to the list.