There’s just no stopping BTS. The globally-renowned boyband has hit another impressive musical milestone in becoming the first Korean act to earn more than 1 billion streams on Apple Music, Billboard reports.
Billboard confirmed the news, which was first reported by OSEN, who noted global streaming numbers represented countries across the globe including the U.S., Korea, Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia, China and Australia. The South Korean superstars join the ranks of artists like Rihanna and Drake, who have both achieved billions of streams on the popular music platform.
Overall, BTS has had a jaw-dropping year, considering they were the first K-pop group to make Time’s Next Generation Leaders list, broke YouTube records with their hit single “Idol,” sold-out U.S. stadiums across the country on their Love Yourself World Tour, picked up a Top Social Artist Billboard Music Award, and they were the first K-pop group to address the United Nations. If those achievements aren’t noteworthy enough, Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg even gave BTS the shirt off her back for their strong positive message to youth.
BTS recently picked up five 2018 MGA Awards in their native country of Korea, including Best Artist of the Year. They will kick off the Japanese portion of the Love Yourself World Tour at the Tokyo Dome on Nov. 13. One of the band’s most recent collaborations, “Waste It On Me” with Steve Aoki reportedly broke into Billboard’s Hot 100 chart dated Nov. 10 at No. 89 and BTS leader RM recently topped the Emerging Artists chart as a solo act.
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