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August 25, 2019

First K-pop album, from BTS, hits No. 1 on Billboard charts

May 28, 2018
South Korean boy band BTS has scored a No. 1 album in the U.S. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

U.S. music listeners think that K-pop has got Seoul.

Boy band BTS has become the first Korean pop group to score a No. 1 record on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

The outlet announced Sunday that the seven-member group had topped the rankings, which are determined from a formula based on album sales, online purchases and streaming.

BTS was guided to the top by its new album “Love Yourself: Tear,” which follows one they released last autumn, “Love Yourself: Her,” that cracked the top ten at No. 7.

Multiple tracks from that album reached the Billboard Hot 100 for individual songs and were certified gold, a first for a Korean artist as well as for the genre that has expanded from the peninsula around the world.

K-Pop music has solidified a place in the American music scene in recent years, with its popularity spreading beyond Korean language speakers and amassing large followings online.

BTS also played to a broad American audience as part of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eye” this year.

Billboard noted that the group’s new release is the first mostly foreign-language album to head up the U.S. charts in more than a decade, after the vocalists Il Divo in 2006.

“Love Yourself: Her” ended a three-week streak by the previous No. 1, “beerbongs & bentleys” by rapper Post Malone.

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