After Scoring Two No. 1 Albums With Bts, Can Rm Reach The Top With His New Solo Project?
BTS shocked and delighted fans just a few days ago when theyannounced via their Twitter account that frontman RM (otherwise known as Rap Monster) has a new collection of songs, and they were all coming just days after the reveal.
Mono, which drops tomorrow, will be RM’s second solo offering following 2015’s simply-titledRM, and while both BTS and RM were international stars three years ago when he first ventured out on his own, both he and the band are at very different points in their careers now, and that fact will likely play in RM’s favor when it comes to the charts...but what chance does he stand of debutingMono at a lofty ranking? Could it go all the way to No. 1 on the Billboard 200?
As a member of BTS, RM has collected a pair of No. 1 albums in 2018 alone, so common sense suggests that his solo offering should be massively popular as well, but reaching the top on his own seems like a stretch at this point, but not because of the quality of the music (which the world hasn’t heard yet) or his popularity on his own.
Mono is slated to be released tomorrow, October 23, which is unfortunate timing is he’s looking to make a major impact on the charts.Billboard stipulates that the charting week begins on Friday and ends the following Thursday, and musicians have those full seven days to rack up as many sales and streams as possible. With his project dropping on a Tuesday, RM has cut his time to collect purchases and plays in half.
In addition to the fact that fans will only have three days in which to interact with the seven songs featured onMono (the shortness of the project may also play a role in it not rising all the way to the top, as the more songs featured on an album, the easier it is to see first-week stream counts climb quickly), it’s not yet clear if it will even be offered for sale. In BTS’ tweet that divulged Mono’s release date, the group called it a playlist, which suggests it might only be available to stream online.
If that’s the case, RM is once again hurting his chances, as sales factor heavily into where a project places on the Billboard 200. Both pure sales of the full album and combined sales of songs featured on an album, EP, mixtape or other collection contribute to a first week equivalent sales count, so if none of the music onMono is available to buy, where the playlist ranks relies entirely on streams. Only two records that were only available to stream—Chance the Rapper's Coloring Book and Future's Beast Mode 2—have made their way to the chart's top 10, and both had a full week during which fans could listen, helping it rise the ranks.
Fans will surely streamMono’s seven tracks in incredible numbers, but at this point, a No. 1 start seems all but impossible, though when the tracking week is up and the numbers have been tabulated, RM will likely place somewhere in the upper half of the Billboard 200, giving him his first showing on his own on the all-encompassing listing.