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.