RM, formerly known as Rap Monster, is breaking records in K-pop. His mixtape Mono is topping the iTunes charts worldwide. Not only that, it broke the record for K-pop albums topping charts originally held by the K-pop boy band he is the leader of, BTS.
According to KWORB, a website known for compiling musical data, Mono by RM topped the iTunes album charts at number one in 86 different countries as well as the worldwide album chart. Among the countries considered “main countries,” they are the United States, United Kingdom, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.
South Korea is also considered a main country but they don’t have iTunes the way the rest of the world does. It was reported that when Apple released iTunes in South Korea, it was a version of it that only streamed music. Ergo, they will never chart for iTunes unless Apple changes the product South Koreans have.
RM hits it bigger than BTS with Forever Rain
Previously, the record for a K-pop album topping iTunes charts was at 85 countries, a record earned by BTS with their album Love Yourself: Answer. RM just barely broke the record earned by the boy band he is a part of by only one country.
Mono is RM’s second mixtape succeeding his self-titled mixtape released back in 2015. It consists of seven tracks: Tokyo, Seoul, Moonchild, Badbye, UhGood, Everything Goes, and title track Forever Rain. As for Forever Rain’s music video, it already has over 4.7 million views on YouTube alone, a good number for a music video by a soloist within its first 24 hours pertaining to K-pop.