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NEW YORK, NY – MAY 21: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, and J-Hope of the K-Pop Group BTS visit The Empire State Building on May 21, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for ESB)
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Less than half a year after it was released, BTS’s most recent studio album Map of the Soul: Persona has earned one of the most sought-after recognitions in the U.S. music industry: a gold record.
The seven-song set was recently certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), which means it has shifted at least half a million equivalent units. That sum combines both pure sales and equivalent copies compiled with streams from a number of sources.
Amazingly, Map of the Soul: Persona was only released back in mid-April, when it went straight to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the history-making band’s third chart champion (and their third in less than 12 months).
Map of the Soul: Persona produced the single “Boy with Luv,” which featured American pop singer Halsey and which quickly became the group’s highest-charting smash on the Hot 100. The tune earned a platinum certification earlier this summer, becoming just their second track to do so.
Map of the Soul: Persona is now BTS’s second album to earn a gold plaque, following in the successful footsteps of previous release Love Yourself: Answer, which is by far their most successful in a number of respects,