BTS’s new title track “Fake Love” has taken over Korea’s realtime charts at a record breaking pace.
The group’s third full album “Love Yourself: Tear” was released on May 18 at 6 p.m. KST. It includes 11 songs in total, featuring the title track “Fake Love” that was produced by Pdogg, Bang Shi Hyuk, and BTS leader RM.
As of May 18 at 8:30 p.m. KST, the song has topped all six major music site’s realtime charts: Melon, Genie, Bugs, Mnet, Naver, and Soribada.
The rest of the songs on the album are close behind on many charts. On Korea’s largest music site Melon, tracks from “Love Yourself: Tear” have taken the top 9 spots as of 8:00 p.m. KST.
With all of their upward momentum, it’s hard to predict just how well BTS’ Love Yourself: Tear will perform commercially worldwide, but early signs point toward it being their biggest global smash yet. The album has reached No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes' album chart this morning. Tear has a slight streaming advantage over its predecessor as well, with 11 songs versus Her’s nine — not a huge difference, but those two extra songs can account for tens of millions of plays in the long run.
BTS will start their major U.S. promotional push this weekend, performing at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20, and visiting The Ellen DeGeneres Show for a second time next Friday, May 25. They unveiled their video for Love Yourself: Tear's lead single "Fake Love" this morning, and it's already racked up nearly 13 million views. In August, BTS will embark on the massive Love Yourself world tour, including 14 North American dates — all of which sold out in seconds.