The Beatles And BTS Are The Only Groups To Sell 1 Million Album Units In 2020

t was largely business as usual in last week’s Nielsen Music Midyear Report. Streaming is up, traditional album sales are down, vinyl’s heroic resurgence persists, and CDs and digital albums continue their death march into obscurity. Oh, and BTS is still crushing it.

The Korean pop septet’s new album, Map of the Soul: 7, is the bestselling physical album of the year and the only one to sell over 500,000 copies in the United States, more than doubling the sales of runner-up Kenny Chesney. Map of the Soul: 7 is also the ninth-biggest overall album of the year, moving 842,000 equivalent units derived from album sales, track downloads and streams. 

Additionally, BTS landed at No. 2 among all pop artists in terms of total consumption, right behind Billie Eilish. In total, the boy band has moved 1.417 million album-equivalent units through the first half of 2020. Only one other group has eclipsed 1 million album units in the U.S., and they’re a group to which BTS often gets compared: The Beatles. Most Popular In: Hollywood & Entertainment

Half a century after their breakup, The Beatles are still the biggest rock band of 2020, shifting 1.094 million album-equivalent units through the first six months of the year, 326,000 units ahead of the genre’s second-place finisher, Queen. The Fab Four also had the fifth-bestselling vinyl album of the year, selling 54,000 copies of their 1969 opus Abbey Road. They had good company in the vinyl category, including fellow classic rock icons Queen and Pink Floyd, pop supernova Billie Eilish and retro-rock heartthrob Harry Styles. The Beatles also perform exceptionally well on streaming services, with many songs racking up hundreds of millions of plays.

It’s fitting that the Beatles and BTS—two boy bands that dominated the music industry nearly six decades apart—would be the bestselling groups of 2020. Both groups enchanted waves of fans around the world with their talent and charisma, cultivating unique personas to stand out from their bandmates. Both groups continued to one-up themselves with a series of increasingly ambitious and successful albums. And based on Nielsen’s Midyear Report, neither group’s popularity shows any signs of waning. 

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  1. acapellaluv says:

    As a huge Beatles & BTS fan, I couldn’t be happier!!..We know everything about the Beatles, not just a “boyband”, but as a group, their humb le beginnings, amazing writings, re: different subjects, musicianship, creativity, growth, undeniable chemistry together & as talented solo artists with amazing personalities & great humor, will forever be in our hearts..

    Many don’t know about BTS’ story, not just a “boyband”..They also had humble beginnings..Began as a hip-hop group, built around genius/IQ 148 15 yr old *RM* , fire flow, crazy, raw, over-lapping wordplay in Korean, (self-taught) English &Japanese underground rapper + producer..The CEO/composer of Big Hit was in awe 2010, others joined between 2010-2011, then late 2012 Jimin joined…At one point all lived in one apt/one bed- room, cuz the company was small & often near bankruptcy,
    but giving the boiiiz creative freedom to write & produce, as
    teens, w/in-house writers/producers, guiding them along & became a musical family..Even after winning”Rookies Of The Year” were singing/dancing behind big acts on tv, to keep their company afloat.. They’ve written about many social issues, since their teens, b4 their 2013 tv debut.. DEEP Song/Rapwri- ters, Producers (their ‘Song Of.the Year’-“Spring Day”-a thinly veiled criticism how then govt mis-handled/covered up the Sewol Ferry tragedy where hundreds of students died-was on the Gaon charts for 3 yrs), Best Rap Trio ever, 4 awesome Vocalists, Musicians & crazy Dancers are probably the hardest working artists in the biz…Prolific writers, w/creativity in diffe- rent album concepts, album trilogies, many based on art, lite-rature or just on dealing w/living life & overcoming struggles, not take the easy route, but work hard, espec. young people learning to love themselves before learning to love others.. Joined UNICEF 2017 & *RM* gave a speech at the United Na- tions re: protecting children & youth, from violence, globally, etc..
    They recv’d undeserved hate early on, from fellow rappers for leaving underground rap for *KPop*, from media who said they wouldn’t make it from a small co, not the “Big 3″Entertainment companies, from toxic Anti-fans of then Top group who cyber-
    bullied EVERYTHING about them, accused them of buying own cds to inflate charts (when broke), even death threats (over music)!!..Very hurt, they kept grinding, posting behind the scenes of EVERYTHING from concerts, vocal/dance practices, in studio singing/rapping recordings, travels, own reality shows being their goofy selves (they’re hilarious!) & started to rise
    globally before S.Korea really accepted them..There are still many S.Koreans who know little about them, altho they bring
    $4.6 BILL. into the economy yearly & 13% of Tourism is BTS related, 2019 last concerts in Seoul generated nearly as much economic value as the Winter Olympics there!
    In the West, often mocked for being a “boyband”with no sub-
    stance (cuz they don’t check facts), espec. their progressive
    Fashio (huge industry in Asia, like beauty, health products) &
    make-up on stage/tv (much like Kibuku theatre in Japan, shows are a full experience)
    *NEOTEN* = a gene that makes Asians appear softer/younger
    /cuter, so (unlike Westerners’ stronger features), they wear more make-up to stand out in the harsh show biz lights, etc..
    Fans & YouTube Reactors have learned to watch their color-coded lyric vids to get the full impact of deep lyrics, then watch their cinemati. official music vids and/or their incredible live
    vids, often w/Closed Captions on & they continue to get better & better, all are members of KOMCA=KoreanMusicCopyright Assoc, with the rap line as FULL members, RM w/165 songs &
    Suga & JHope approx. 100 songs each..They’re between 22 &
    27 now & the eldest Jin will join mandatory military svc, end of 2020 or early 2021, he already has his Masters in Film/Media All are signed up for their Masters (thru Global Cypher College
    cuz they were always touring), except youngest Jungkook, who
    is already a film director..These boiiiz are smart, hard workers and ARE ALWAYS WRITING SONGS….EVERYWHERE THEY GO..
    They just released their 4th Japanese album, did Japanese interviews & live performances (in Korea) for Japanese TV &
    were incredible… the lyrics…the voices….the delivery…
    “SPRING DAY” & “‘SPRING DAY’-EXPLANATION VID” are a must watch…

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