South Korean group-BTS breaks British singer Adele’s record, that held for five years . BTS did it with just one song that been out for six months now.
‘Black Swan’ from their latest album ‘Map of the Soul: 7’ , topped the iTunes charts in 104 countries, surpassing Adele’s record of topping in 102 countries for his 2015 hit ‘Hello’.
This is the first song from a group — South Korean or otherwise — to hit this milestone.
This race up the iTunes charts at a time when BTS ‘s members- RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, have been pretty busy while working on a new album.
So where did this sudden collective push to secure this record come from? Some even cracked jokes on the ARMY being bored and wanting to show their affection for the K-pop sensation-BTS.
Various fan bases on Twitter urged people to buy the single in countries where ‘Black Swan’ had not peaked, which may have led to the song topping the iTunes charts in Nepal, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde and Belize.
‘Map of the Soul: 7’, released on February 21, debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart with 422,000 album-equivalent units earned in its first week itself. It is now the highest selling album in South Korean history.
The group have been keeping busy despite their ‘Map of the Soul’ world tour being postponed indefinitely due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
BTS’s streamed concert ‘Bang Bang Con: The Live’ recently broke another record of being the most viewed paid online music event in the world, according to Big Hit Entertainment.
Their agency said that 756,000 concurrent viewers from 107 countries and territories tuned in to watch the group perform live from a studio in Seoul. The virtual attendance was the equivalent of 15 shows at a 50,000-seat stadium, Variety reported. This is massive!!