Back in May, BTSLove Yourself: Tear became the first K-Pop album to hit #1. The band appears due to reach that summit once again as their new album, Love Yourself: Answer, seems a lock for #1 on Friday's HITS Top 50.

As always, we must add the caveat that a surprise release could change the outcome. For now, however, that seems unlikely as there are currently no rumors swirling of an impending surprise drop.

BTS (Bighit/Columbia) 155-185k total activity, 120-140k album

In a related story, the unofficial title of the HITS 32nd Anniversary Issue will be Loathe Yourself: Advertise.