After becoming the first Korean artists to perform on stage at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20, BTS or the Bangtan Boys made another historic achievement as they became the first ever K-pop act to top the US Billboard 200 chart with their new album, “Love Yourself: Tear.”
This is a huge surprise to everyone as many thought it would be very difficult to achieve for a K-pop artist, with America being the largest music market in the world. BTS and their fans were even more surprised as the president of South Korea himself posted a congratulations letter for the dedicated and globally chart-topping idol group, as well as their very supportive fanbase and wings known as, the A.R.M.Y.
Scroll down to see what President Moon Jae-in wrote for BTS and their fans.
“Congratulations to the Seven Music-loving Boys and Their Wings, ‘ARMY’!
The songs, dance, dreams and enthusiasm of BTS 방탄소년단 energized and gave strength to young people around the world. I congratulate BTS on topping the Billboard 200 with their album titled ‘Love Yourself 轉 Tear’. This is the first ever Korean album to claim the top spot, and also the first non-English album to do so in 12 years.
At the very heart of BTS’s outstanding dancing and singing is sincerity. This magical power turns grief into hope and differences into similarity. Each of the seven members sings in a way that is true to himself and the life he wants to live. Their melody and lyrics transcend regional borders, language, culture, and institutions.
Bangtan, which literally means bulletproof in Korean, was born out of the will to protect teenagers from prejudice and oppression. The names of each member—Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook—are going to be remembered for a long time. Thank you to BTS for spreading joy across Korea and the world with your great performances.”
And the team also posted it on Twitter!
“노래를 사랑하는 일곱 소년과 소년들의 날개 ‘아미’에게 축하의 인사를 전합니다.” 세계의 젊은이들이 방탄소년단의 노래와 춤, 꿈과 열정에 위안을 받고 용기를 얻었습니다. ‘LOVE YOURSELF 轉 TEAR’ 앨범이 미국 ‘빌보드 200’ 1위에 오른 것을 축하합니다. pic.twitter.com/fiimradrki
— 문재인 (@moonriver365) May 28, 2018
According to Billboard Magazine, “Love Yourself: Tear” is the first ever K-pop album to top the Billboard 200. It’s simply one of the most popular albums in the U.S. and has recorded the biggest unit & sales week for K-Pop. It is also the first foreign-language No. 1 album after 12 years, and the first Billboard 200 No. 1 to chart on the World Albums tally.
The Billboard 200 chart will post in full to Billboard’s websites on Wednesday, May 30. It ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). -Billboard Magazine
BTS’ latest album which was released by BigHit Entertainment on May 18 has sold 135,000 equivalent album units in the U.S in its first week with 100,000 traditional album sales, as reported by Nielsen Music.
— billboard (@billboard) May 27, 2018
BTS members also went to express on Twitter how amazed and grateful they are after hearing the news in the morning. They noted it as a miracle and promised to work harder for the fans.
BTS continues to make headlines around the world with their music and jaw-dropping performances. The South Korean boyband has also become very popular in America with sold out venues in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.
Congratulations again, 방탄소년단!