For the past week, many music industry predictors suggested that Agust D, better known by many as Suga from the band BTS, was headed toward his first solo top 10 effort with his new mixtape D-2. The set appeared somewhat suddenly on Friday, May 22, and fans rushed to stream and purchase the set from the moment it became available.
Now, while the title didn’t quite break the top 10 on the Billboard 200 (it disappointingly starts at No. 11), it does open with very healthy sales, which show just how powerful the rapper and singer is, even without his bandmates beside him.
Agust D’s D-2 will launch at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart when it is refreshed tomorrow, missing the highest rung by only one space. The set managed to sell just over 14,000 copies upon its arrival, a sizable figure for a mixtape produced by a musician largely known not for his solo work, but for the music he makes as part of a group.
D-2 comes in behind only The 1975’s new set Notes on a Conditional Form, which does outpace it by quite a few copies. That title, which lands on the Billboard 200 at No. 4, sold just under 39,000 copies in its first seven days of availability.
Agust D’s new project easily gives him his best placement on the Top Album Sales chart, which ranks the bestselling titles (whereas the Billboard 200 includes streams as well). The BTS rapper’s first solo mixtape Agust D landed at No. 74 on the same list, and it only held on for one frame. There’s no telling how the new release will perform next time around, but chances are D-2 will become the musician’s first effort on his own to spend more than one week on the tally.
Including the work he’s created as a member of BTS, D-2 will be one of four titles Suga will chart on tomorrow’s Top Album Sales list, as the group’s releases Map of the Soul: 7, Map of the Soul: Persona and Love Yourself: Answer all sold enough copies throughout the past tracking period to land on the ranking.