There are many reasons why BTS have become the world-conquering marvels they are today, but perhaps the most important one is the most basic of all — their music. The Korean group have packed in a lot of work since they debuted in , experimenting a whole heap along the way. No one is perfect and that goes for the Korean idols too.
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BTS's rise to global stardom hasn't been as fast as you might think. The seven-piece South Korean group launched in to huge success in their homeland, and despite recently claiming the the title as the world's biggest boy band, their success on the UK's Official Charts - and charts across the world - is still growing. The feat is even more impressive when you consider most of their music is performed in Korean. Since then, they've scored a Top 40 songs with Idol and Boy With Luv, and four albums from their Love Yourself series have reached the Top 20, including 's chart-topping Persona. Their seriously dedicated UK A. Their most streamed on both audio and video streaming metrics song is Boy With Luv, their collaboration with Halsey that currently stands as their highgest charting song in the UK, peaking at Number 13, with Idol, from 's Love Yourself: Answer album ranks second place with The song, which blends traditional Korean instruments with South African dance music, was their first song to break the Official UK Top 40, reaching Number 21 following the release of an alternative version featuring Nicki Minaj. Elsewhere,the p op-leaning Fake Love, released in May , is fourth with
With multiple chart-topping albums and a recent appearance on Saturday Night Live , K-Pop royalty BTS have, at this point, solidified their position as global-dominating superstars in a league of their own. But, chalk it up to their ostensible boy-band format , theories about the reasoning behind their U. And their rise is fundamentally based on their musicality and artistry, captured throughout their six-year catalogue — both together and solo — and in their standout performances. Listen for the clear contrast among vocals and the fierce guitar riffs in its latter part. Part three represents the peak of the Cypher series, in terms of clarity of thought, sharpness of message, effectiveness of attack, and fluency of technique. With barely constrained aggression, BTS strikes back at the rappers who sneered at them for being a boy band, resulting in a satisfying and cathartic lash. The romantic chords in the intro meet the refrain laden with desperation, creating a fierce and tragic atmosphere.
BTS songs claim seven of the top 10 spots on the ranking of the bestselling individual tracks in the country, as only the sturdiest of tracks were able to hold on and continue to find space inside the uppermost region while the Korean vocal act sold hundreds of thousands of units. It outsells the next-highest track, also from BTS, four times over. New at No. BTS fills positions No. As if claiming seven of the top 10 bestselling songs in the U. The septet fills half a dozen additional positions inside the top 40, bringing their count of new proper hits to a lucky Just below the No. In fact, looking at the top 50, BTS occupies 18 positions. Map of the Soul: 7 rules the Billboard this week with , equivalent units moved. I am a freelance music journalist based in New York City.