BTS has the No.1 album in the country

The K-pop group secure their third Billboard chart-topper with Map Of The Soul: Persona.

April 22, 2019
BTS has the No.1 album in the country BTS visit The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show at Z100 Studio on April 12, 2019 in New York City.   Steven Ferdman/Getty

BTS has secured its third No.1 album on the Billboard 200 chart in under 12 months. Map of the Soul: Persona sold an equivalent of 230,000 units in the week ending April 19, putting them at the top of this week's chart.

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Map of the Soul: Persona's first week sales figures are higher than the K-pop group's previous U.S. chart-topping albums, Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer. Both albums were released in 2018. BTS is now the first group to secure three no.1 albums in a 12 month period since The Beatles in the mid-90s with their Anthology series.

Elsewhere on this week's chart Anderson .Paak debuted at No.4 with Ventura. The album features contributions from Andre 3000 and Smokey Robinson and was released less than six months after his 2018 album Oxnard .

Beyoncé, meanwhile, entered at No. 7 with her Homecoming live album. The surprise release racked up 38,000 equivalent sales in just two days of tracking activity.

BTS has the No.1 album in the country