Thursday 16 August 2018

South Korean boy band BTS top US album charts in K-pop first

It is the first primarily foreign-language number one album in over 12 years.

BTS perform Fake Love (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
BTS perform Fake Love (Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

By Joe Nerssessian, Press Association

South Korean boy band BTS have become the first K-pop artists to top the US album charts.

The seven-piece group – who mix K-pop with hip-hop and RnB – scored the landmark achievement with their latest record Love Yourself: Tear.

Performed predominantly in Korean, it is the first primarily foreign-language number one album in over 12 years, Billboard said.

The band performed Fake Love from the album, which was released earlier this month, at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20.

Formed in 2013, BTS are made up of V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope.

K-pop, an abbreviation of Korean pop, has grown beyond its origins of electronic, hip-hop, pop and rock into a subculture of its own.

The Billboard charts are based on sales, downloads and streams of albums.

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