K-pop band BTS' new album featuring two high-profile pop stars, Halsey and Ed Sheeran, rocked the world music scene Friday, revealing the band's stories of love, self and the outside world.
"Map of the Soul: Persona" hit major online music stores Friday evening (Korean time). It is the opening album in BTS' new "Map of the Soul" series following their two-year-long "Love Yourself" album trilogy that won two No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Within two hours of its release, "Boy With Luv," the main track of the album, conquered the real-time music charts of six major online music streaming sites here, including Melon and Mnet. The other six tracks off the album all made it on the real-time charts.
As fans rushed to listen to the new songs, online access to Melon, one of the top K-pop streaming sites, was paralyzed for an hour after they were made available.
The title song garnered more than 16 million YouTube views in slightly more than four hours following the official release.
This image of BTS was provided by Big Hit Entertainment.