BTS blasts straight to another milestone as they become the first group ever to top Billboard’s Social 50 chart, Billboard reports. The South Korean native superstars rule the chart dated Nov. 17 and are also the only other act to top the chart besides Justin Bieber.
Bieber outranks BTS in total non-consecutive No. 1 weeks commanding the chart, logging a career total to date of 163 weeks. Wow. For perspective, no other act comes close to either of these two artists. Taylor Swift trails them in third place with a relatively low 28 weeks atop the chart by comparison.
Here’s another mind-blowing fact about the “Idol” hitmakers’ Social 50 rule: BTS debuted on the chart Oct. 29, 2016, and has reportedly held the No. 1 position on the ranking for all except nine weeks of the 109 chart week run – with their lowest-ever ranking being No. 2. The chart analyzes and tracks an artist’s popularity across major social media sites including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Tumblr, as well as Wikipedia.
Beyond these accolades, 2018 has been a massive year for BTS. They smashed YouTube records with their music video for “Idol,” and scored a rare two-album Billboard 200 chart-topping feat with Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer both topping the Billboard 200 chart less than 12 months apart. They also just became the first K-pop band to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music and are nominated for multiple 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMAs).
There’s no denying that RM, Jimin, Suga, V, J-Hope, Jungkook and Jin have put their indelible stamp on the face of the music industry as 2019 looms ahead. BTS arguably isn’t just your average boy band. The 2018 Time Next Generation Leaders list honorees have confidently asserted themselves has a musical force to be reckoned with.
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