Monday 19 August 2019

K-pop group BTS on track for first UK top 40 hit as global reputation grows

The seven-piece band’s Mic Drop is on course to hit number 30 in the Official Singles Chart.

2017 American Music Awards – Show
2017 American Music Awards – Show

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

South Korean group BTS are on course to land their first UK top 40 single.

The seven-piece K-pop band’s Mic Drop is on course to hit number 30 in the Official Singles Chart and comes after they made their US television debut earlier this month with a performance at the American Music Awards (AMAs).

The boy band are growing in international popularity and earlier this month became the first band of their genre K-pop, an abbreviation of Korean pop, to break into the top 10 in the US album charts.

2017 American Music Awards – Show

They made their album debut in the UK charts last year when their record Wings landed at number 62, while in September the group’s release, Love Yourself – Her, hit 14.

At the AMAs, former One Direction star Niall Horan urged BTS to “keep your head on your shoulders” as he sang their praises and offered some perspective thanks to his days with his global boy band sensation.

He told US publication Billboard: “I’ve got to read up a little bit about (BTS) recently and see the commotion that they are causing and it’s amazing, I think fair play to them.

“They are obviously huge out in Korea… then they come over here, taking the place by storm. I watched their rehearsal and I think they’re great.

“They seem like they’ve got it pretty down. Keep your head on your shoulders, don’t let it get away from you, and make it last as long as you can.”

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