BTS leader RM, aka Kim Namjoon, has scored his first-ever solo No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart. Per Billboard, RM is the first BTS member to top the chart and he reached the summit with the success of his recent solo mixtape, Mono.
Mono notably debuted at No. 2 on the World Albums chart, with BTS Love Yourself: Answer dropping out of first place down to No 3. RM’s solo effort also landed within the Top 40 on the Billboard 200 chart, hitting No. 26 after reportedly earning 21,000 equivalent album units per Nielsen Music Data.
RM had previously spent a week on the Emerging Artists chart back in January, coming in at No. 46. His latest chart coup follows a stream of huge success with BTS’s third installment in the Love Yourself trilogy, Love Yourself: Answer. The BTS album topped charts in multiple countries, including a milestone summit on the Billboard 200 chart, having two albums top the chart in less than 12 months. The South Korean boy band also became the first K-pop band to score a UK Singles chart Top 40 hit with the album’s lead single “Idol.”
RM launched Mono’s release with a wistful animated video for his tender ballad “Forever Rain.” The video has garnered over 9.7 million views on YouTube since its Oct. 22 posting. He’s followed that release with lyric videos for “moonchild” and “seoul.” Watch the lyric video for “seoul” above.
BTS members J-Hope and Suga have also charted on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart for solo rankings with J-hope hitting No. 3 in the wake of his solo EP Hope World. Suga (whose solo name is Agust D) reached No. 46, with both artists appearing on the chart last March.
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