BTS is smashing records left and right and with the release of “LOVE YOURSELF: TEAR”, their popularity is only seeming to rise. With so many achievements under their belt this year alone, it’s no wonder 2018 is going to be BTS’s year! Check out 14 reasons 2018 is going to be the best year yet for BTS.
1. BTS broke the record for selling the highest number of copies of a single album on the Gaon chart
BTS broke this record in February 2018 with their fifth studio album, “Love Yourself: Her”. This album sold 1.6 million copies, the highest number of copies in the history of Gaon’s chart.
2. J-Hope became the highest Korean solo artist to rank on the Billboard 200 chart
In March 2018, J-Hope broke this record not once, but twice, when Hope World entered the Billboard 200 music chart at No. 63, after less than a day of sales. By March 17, Hope World had risen to No. 38 on the Billboard 200, breaking his previous record.
3. BTS became the fastest K-Pop group to hit 300 million views on Youtube
While J-Hope was achieving solo fame, BTS’s songs continued to rise in the view count, with the MV for “DNA” smashing records to 300 million views in March 2018. The video had been out for only five months, making it the fastest K-pop group video to ever hit this number. Since then, the videos for “Dope” and “Fire” have also reached 300 million views.
4. BTS’s hashtag “#iVoteBTSBBMAs” may have become the most Tweeted hashtag in 24 hours ever
— nanya | Tear: LY (@_namjooni) May 15, 2018
On May 15 2018, A.R.M.Y claims to have broken Twitter records by tweeting the hashtag #iVoteBTSBBMAs more than 40.8 million times in 24 hours, breaking the previous record holder of #ALDUBEBTAMANGPANAHON, which had gained 40 million tweets. Guinness World Records has since denied this claim, putting the total number of tweets at 21.9 million uses but A.R.M.Ys are busy disputing the issue.
BTS fans, after investigation we're sorry to announce that the attempt at 'Most used hashtag on @Twitter in 24 hours' was not successful on this occasion. Inc. retweets and quote tweets, the total has been calculated at 21.9 million uses of #iVoteBTSBBMAs https://t.co/w9QEp5SuKk
— GuinnessWorldRecords (@GWR) May 17, 2018
5. “FAKE LOVE” achieved an all-kill status in 2 hours
FAKE LOVE @BTS_twt Real-time Chart, 11:00PM KST →
Soribada: #1 #FakeLoveFriday
— worldwideBTS (@btsanalytics) May 18, 2018
“FAKE LOVE” achieved a realtime all-kill (#1 on all 6 major music charts) just 2 hours after release, and “The Truth Untold (feat. Steve Aoki)” debuted #2 on many charts. It also had the most number of unique listeners in the first hour of a song’s release, with 107,885.
6. The “FAKE LOVE” music video reached 10 million views within five hours
This is also a massive achievement, being the fastest Youtube video EVER to each 10 million views, beating out the band’s own “DNA” and Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”.
7. “FAKE LOVE” hit #1 on iTunes charts in 67 countries
The song hit #1 on the iTunes Chart in 67 different countries just two days after it was released.
8. They won top social media artist at the Billboard Music Awards two years in a row
They won again this year, after they made history as the first ever K-Pop group to win a Billboard Music Award in 2017. Their A.R.M.Ys social media presence is more than 40 million strong!
9. BTS was the first K-Pop act to perform at the Billboard Awards
Their legendary performance of “FAKE LOVE” was the first K-Pop song ever to be performed at the American Awards ceremony.
10. BTS was interviewed by Ellen for the second time
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 22, 2018
The segment is yet to air at time of writing, but Ellen has Tweeted a teaser that sees the boys being scared by a fan!
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 25, 2018
11. When they returned to Korea, they were welcomed back as heroes
Korean media welcomed BTS back as returning heroes from their BBMA performance, calling it “returning home in glory” as if coming from battle. The choice of words displayed the nation’s pride over their achievements as Korean representatives.
12. BTS’s comeback tour is their biggest yet
With 13 shows in six cities across North America (with most of those sold out), plus shows in Europe and more to be announced, the LOVE YOURSELF tour is BTS’s biggest yet, slated to earn them more than $65 million through ticket sales (estimated, partial calcuation).
13. BTS is planning a collaboration with Zedd
The collaboration has been in the works since last year, with both sides confirming it’s happening but not releasing many more details!
14. BTS might participate in some iconic Korean TV programs this year
Earlier this year, members mentioned specific Korean shows they would like to participate in. Jimin really wants to do Law of The Jungle, and J-Hope wants to go on MBC‘s Radio Star. V and RM said they wanted to do news shows, RM specifically mentioning News Room. Being the most talked about K-Pop group in Korea right now, it might not be so far off that they appear on the popular TV shows!