The new album ‘Proof’ by global K-pop group BTS has topped the Japanese Oricon ‘Weekly Album Ranking’ chart. According to the most recent Oricon chart, which was released on June 24, BTS’ album ‘Proof’ earned 546,373 points between June 13 and June 19, and topped Global Economic’s ‘Weekly Album Ranking’ chart. “BTS’ 540,000 points were the highest points for the Oricon weekly album chart,” according to their agency, Big Hit Music. BTS has topped the weekly album chart six times, including their most recent release, ‘Proof.’
This is the largest number of albums ranked on the chart. ‘Proof’ is an anthology album containing BTS’ 9-year history since their debut in 2013. Since its release, it has topped the Oricon Weekly Album Ranking chart by selling 514,000 copies in Japan. It also topped the Weekly Digital Album Ranking chart for two consecutive weeks.
Meanwhile, South Korean boy band BTS will perform a global concert in support of the country’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan. The Mayor of Busan Metropolitan City, Park Jeong-joon, and HYBE’s Chairman, Bang Si-Hyuk, and CEO, Park Jiwon, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) this morning at the Busan Metropolitan City Hall to promote Busan’s bid for the World Expo 2030.
As part of the agreement, BTS will hold the Global Busan Concert as ambassadors in an effort to bring the World Expo 2030 to Busan. The memorandum covers joint initiatives to help Busan win the bid to host the Olympics. BTS will “act as ambassadors, hold global concerts in Busan, organize activities to appeal to members of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), and personally introduce the proposed site for the BIE Enquiry Missions.”
They must also “serve as ambassadors at South Korea’s presentation session, be present on election day to support the bid, provide photos and videos for the city’s digital campaigns, and distribute promotional videos through official social media channels.”
The announcement comes just days after BTS members announced they would be taking a break to work on solo projects. BTS is made up of seven members: RM, Jin, Suga, J. Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkok, with RM serving as the group’s leader. BTS band member J-Hope made the first artist announcement for a solo album after the group confirmed their disbandment on Saturday, revealing that he will release a solo album called ‘Jack in the Box’ on July 15.