Suga aka Min Yoongi is one of the most popular member of South Korean boy band, BTS. He had recently dropped his sophomore solo mixtape “D-2”.
Suga’s latest sophomore mixtape debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, which is a position that none of the BTS member has every achieved so far. For the unversed, his previous solo mixtape titled ‘Agust D’, in which he debuted his Agust D persona, secured No. 74 on the same list when it was released in August 2016.
Besides Suga, his fellow BTS member RM and J-Hope have also made it onto the Billboard 200 when they dropped their own solo version in 2018, which were respectively titled ‘Mono’ and ‘Hope World’.
However, RM and J-Hope’s mixtapes could not enter the top 20 on the revered chart and respectively peaked as high as No. 26 and No. 38.
In addition, with his latest mixtape ‘D-2’, BTS’s Suga has become the fifth South Korean musical act, solo or group, to chart an album inside the coveted top 20 on the Billboard 200.
Among them are SuperM, NCT 127, Monsta X as well as Suga’s own BTS, whose seventh studio album, “Map of the Soul: 7,” granted the South Korean boy band its fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with the biggest week of 2020 for any release.
Meanwhile, BTS’s Suga had recently been in the controversy for featuring the voice of American cult leader Jim Jones in his latest single “What Do You Think?”
The “D-2” cut opened with a sample from a 1977 sermon given by Jim Jones, who was responsible for the mass murder-suicide of hundreds of his followers at the Jonestown jungle commune in Guyana in 1978.
Big Hit Entertainment, which manages BTS band, issued a statement saying that the vocal sample was selected by the producer who worked on the song “without knowing who the speaker was.”
“We have our various processes for reviewing our content that are targeted to our global audience, to try to avoid social, cultural and historical issues, but we also have our limitations in understanding and responding to every situation. In this case, we were not aware of it in advance, and we lacked the understanding of the historical and social situations relating to the sample. We apologize to those who have been hurt or felt uncomfortable by this,” it added.
Big Hit has since re-issued a revised version of the “What Do You Think?” without the controversial sample.