BTS become first Korean act to go to Number One in UK albums chart

The K-pop band's latest collection went in at the summit with 26,500 combined sales

BTS have scored their first Number One after shooting straight to the top of the UK albums chart with ‘Map of The Soul: Persona’.

The South Korean K-pop band’s latest collection, which also features a collaboration with Halsey, went in at the summit with 26,500 combined sales, 68% of which were from physical sales.

They are the first Korean act to score a chart-topping album in the UK, according to the Official Charts Company.

‘Map Of The Soul’ is BTS’s fourth collection to chart in the UK Top 40, following their three part Love Yourself album series. NME awarded the record four stars and described it as an album “that continues to raise the bar”.

Meanwhile, Billie Eilish’s ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’ drops to Number Two after a two-week stint at the top while The Chemical Brothers are new at four with ‘No Geography’. Fontaines DC’s debut album ‘Dogrel’ also went in at Number Nine.

Meanwhile, in the UK singles chart Lewis Capaldi’s seven week stint at Number One with ‘Someone You Loved’ has ended after Lil Nas X claimed the top spot with ‘Old Town Road’.

BTS will return to the UK in June when they will play two sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium. The dates follow their debut UK performances last October, when they performed for two nights at London’s The O2.