As a pop star, it’s notoriously difficult to crack the US charts.
Yet, defying near-impossible odds, a Korean pop band have done exactly that – by storming to the top of the Billboard 200.
The seven-piece, called BTS, have scored the impressive feat with their latest album, Love Yourself: Tear, with debuted on Sunday.
Data shows the LP – which is recorded completely in Korean – earned in excess of 135,000 US sales during the first week alone.
As if that wasn’t enough, the band have also made history as the first K-Pop act to score a US Number 1 album in their native language.
But who are they? Here’s everything you need to know…
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Who are they?
The band consists of: Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook.
They first formed in 2012 and have racked-up a whopping 15 million social media followers since then. Chances are that number will sky-rocket now.
They’ve already toured the US and recently performed on-stage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in LA.
By vaulting to Number 1, this week, they’ve surpassed a slew of high-profile artists, including: Pink, Cardi B and Taylor Swift, which is testament to their commercial (boy) power.
What does their name mean?
Although it sounds like a high-street bank, BTS is actually an acronym for a Korean phrase: Bangtan Sonyeondan.
When translated, this means ‘bullet-proof boy scouts’, which is actually quite a good name…
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Where can they be seen?
If K-Pop is your thing – and, yes, it should be – you can see BTS perform live during the coming months.
They recently announced a major US tour, which has already seen fourteen of the dates completely sold-out.
Then, they’ll play London’s O2 on 9th and 10th October. Tickets go on-sale 1 June.
After that, they’ll do shows at the Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, on 13 October, plus two consecutive dates at Berlin’s Mercedes-Benz Arena (16 an 17th).
Two shows at Paris’ Accorhotels Arena follow on 19th and 20th.
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