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BTS become first K-pop band to top US album charts

Monday - 28/05/2018 08:00
South Korean boy band BTS have become the first K-pop artists to reach number one on the US album charts.
BTS live on stage / GETTY IMAGES / The boy band have taken the global stage by storm
BTS live on stage / GETTY IMAGES / The boy band have taken the global stage by storm

The K-pop superstars are part of the so-called Korean Wave, the global rise of Korean music, drama and film. 

Known for their meticulously choreographed dance style and boyish good looks, the seven-member group is one of the country's best selling musical exports.

They have developed a fiercely devoted fan base, who call themselves the ARMY.

The new BTS new album, Love Yourself: Tear, topped the Billboard 200 music charts on Sunday, which are based sales, downloads and streams of albums. 

It had been released earlier in May. Its first single, Fake Love, premiered at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Sung in Korean, the album is "the first primarily foreign-language No. 1 album in over 12 years," according to Billboard.

For the week ending on 24 May it came in at 135,000 album units, pushing the previous weeks' chart topper Post Malone to number 2

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