K-pop fans rejoice. BTS is officially the most popular music group of all time — on YouTube at least.
Even if you’re not a member of BTS Army, you’ve probably heard of the boy band by now. Since their 2013 debut, BTS’s seven members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook have snagged diehard fans as artists both in and outside of the group.
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After shattering a slew of records as one of the first K-pop bands to hit it big in the U.S., they’ve, well, gone and shattered another one. BTS became YouTube’s most-viewed artist across official videos with 26.7 billion views. The news was reported by @chartdata on Twitter.
.@BTS_twt becomes the #1 most viewed artist of all time on YouTube across official videos (26.7 billion).
— chart data (@chartdata) August 12, 2022
They dethroned Justin Bieber, placing him at No. 2, with Ed Sheeran and Bad Bunny coming in at third and fourth.
"There is no big growth to K-POP, Not until BTS came"
"BTS reached new heights and managed to make K-POP normalized than ever before"
Thank you BTS for paving the way for this Korean Industry!💁♀️ @BTS_twt pic.twitter.com/HrN4JuTXil
— vote bts on VMAs! (@queky_) August 12, 2022
BTS has been a pioneer in modeling what international success can look like. That means the guys have completed many firsts and broken lots of records.
Those achievements include becoming the first ever K-pop group to speak at the United Nations, the first to perform on U.S. TV at the American Music Awards and the first to win a Billboard Music Award. So when it comes to milestones for BTS, as always, this is just the beginning.
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