J-Hope's 'Hope World' debuts at No. 63 on Billboard 200
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SEOUL, March 7 (Yonhap) -- "Hope World," the first solo mixtape release by BTS singer J-Hope, debuted at No. 63 on the main album chart of Billboard, according to the U.S. music publication.
"Hope World" ranked No. 63 on the Billboard 200, with 9,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending on March 1, Billboard reported Tuesday (local time), citing data from Nielsen Music. The free album was released just hours before Nielsen ended their sales tracking in the U.S. for that week.
Mixtape refers to types of recordings, typically self-produced and independent albums, that are released for non-commercial purposes.
The Billboard 200 ranks the 200 most popular albums of the week, based on online and offline album sales and the number of streamings. J-Hope has become the highest-charting K-pop solo act ever on the Billboard 200.
Upon release, the album claimed the top spot on iTunes albums charts in 63 countries, including the United States, Britain, Canada, Brazil and Australia. Its lead song topped iTunes songs charts in seven countries, including Finland, Romania, Slovenia, Ukraine and Vietnam.
J-Hope became the third BTS member to drop a mixtape, after RM in 2015 and Suga in 2016.
BTS singer J-Hope appears in the music video for "Daydream," the lead track from his mixtape album "Hope World." (Yonhap)