BTS is the only foreign artist to be on Oricon’s first half of 2017 rankings
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BTS is the only foreign artist to be on Oricon’s first half of 2017 rankings

BTS is the only foreign artist to be in the top 10 on Japan’s Oricon chart for the first half of 2017.

On July 14, Oricon Style reported the first half numbers including sales from singles, albums, and DVDs.  According to the numbers, BTS was the only foreign group listed in any of the categories.

BTS’s 7th Japanese single “Blood, Sweat, Tears” which was released on May 10 ranked number 10 on the singles chart for the first half of 2017.  It was revealed that they were the first foreign artist to sell over 200,000 copies of their single album in 6 years.  “Blood, Sweat, Tears” sold a total of 238,795 copies during the first week.

Other popular Japanese idols such as AKB48, Arashi, Nogizaka46, Kanjani Eight, and Hey! Say! Jump were also included in the rankings.  BTS shined brightly among the famous J-Pop stars.

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Furthermore, BTS set the record for a foreign artist in surpassing 200,000 copies for a single album as they accomplished this in just a 2 year and 11-months after their official Japanese debut.  The boys thanked their fans around the globe, “This was made possible thanks to our ARMYs (fanbase).”

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