ARMY, since a lot of us are pre-ordering BTS’ new album, it’s important we (and all the ARMY in our lives) buy from the right places. This means every purchase we make should count towards the charts — Billboard, Hanteo or Gaon. Since we’re already spending our precious moolah, might as well make it count.
Pro Tip: Just remember not to order more than 5 albums per purchase. Otherwise it will be counted as just 1 order.
If you live in the US
Big Hit’s Official Amazon page:
This is our FIRST choice for US fans because we are 100% sure that these will count towards Billboard charts.
Do NOT buy from any other Amazon seller. These would not be official. They might even name their shops to sound like an official distributor — like Big Hit or Big Hit Enterprise — but only use the link above.
For now, the page is selling a random single copy. From past releases and if memory serves right, Amazon would usually make a pre-order page for a single album, and then later on have the full set. For now, pre-order a single because we want to show our buying power on the first day.
US Armchairs, we’re depending on you. Your purchases are going to count towards US charts which is what we’re primarily going after.
Overheard: If an Asian orders from Amazon.com and has it delivered outside of the US, will it count towards BB? The answer is said to be no. The item has to be shipped to a US address.
Big Hit’s US Shop
Big Hit created the US Big Hit shop for US fans. That’s a huge win for US ARMY. Big Hit has updated its product pages to the following: “All US sales will count towards the USA Charts.”
We’re also hoping it will count for Gaon and Hanteo too because we want to have our cake and eat it. 😉
3/15/2019 Update: Big Hit confirmed that US sales will count towards Soundscan, Billboard, AND Korean Gaon charts. High five!
If you will buy through the US shop, just know that you will need to buy each album individually. We would hazard a guess that it’s to make it 4 sales instead of 1. We’ll update this info once we know the reasoning why the set is not available.
Similar to Amazon, you can order a single album. It is random though so even if you order 4 albums, there is no guarantee you will complete the set.
Best Buy / Walmart
We will announce the links once they’re available.
If you live outside the US
Sadly, if you buy from shops outside of the US, it won’t count for Billboard anymore. But don’t worry! You can still help because your album purchase can still count towards the Gaon or Hanteo charts.
Big Hit’s Main Shop (Korea)
Ever since Big Hit decreased the shipping fees for international fans, it’s been easier pocket-wise to order from the official shop.
While it’s sometimes cheaper to purchase from GOs, buying from the official store gets you points and you can use the QR codes you rack up from attending concerts, exhibits, and merchandise.
Other Online Retailers With Global Shipping
There are many reputable online stores where you can purchase the album from. These include Interpark, Aladin, Yes24, Kpop Town, Kpop Mart, YesAsia, Ktown4u, Synarra, and Kyobo.
See our FULL chart below for links to these stores and what charts they will count for. Click on the name of the store to get to the correct product page.
|Big Hit Shop US||SET/singles||Billboard/Gaon|
|Big Hit Shop Korea||SET/singles||Hanteo|
If you can, leverage your US network (family, friends, and colleagues) and ask them to buy the album for you. And if you have ARMY friends who are on Instagram, Facebook, or not even on any social media, share this article so they buy from the right platforms.
Thank you, ARMY! We are doing great sales-wise but DON’T LET UP! We are after blood this CB. We’ve been buying off different platforms, too.
We also heard of the fan sign event so watch us try to buy from Aladin Korea, too. Our poor wallets! Details are in the English comments in the tweet below.
— BTS_official (@bts_bighit) March 13, 2019
We’ll update this page as we get more info.