K-pop group BTS has become the first foreign group to land on the No. 1 spot on Oricon’s year-end album charts, earning almost $161.6 million (18.48 billion yen) in the East Asian country alone. The Oricon Annual Ranking 2021 consists of the best-selling singles, albums, music DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, digital singles, digital albums, and most-streamed tracks last year in the country.

As reported by the Japanese music chart, the “BTS, The Best” album released last year topped the year-end album chart with 992,837 sold copies. This makes BTS be the first foreign group to lead the chart and the first foreign artists on the top spot since the late King of Pop Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” 37 years ago with 575,000 sold copies in 1984. “This time, we won first place in the Oricon Annual Ranking 2021’s total ranking of sales division by artist. We are really happy that you love our songs. It is also a great honor to receive such a wonderful award. Thanks to ARMYs who always support us. Thank you very much,” said BTS members RM, j-hope, Jimin, V, Jung Kook, Jin, and SUGA via Oricon.