The music video for BTS’ “Dope” surpassed 350 million views on YouTube today (Aug. 20), the latest milestone in the act’s career.
“Dope” is BTS’ third music video to exceed the 350 million view count on YouTube, and makes the group the only Korean group to see a trio videos do that. K-pop acts such as TWICE, BlackPink, and BIGBANG currently each have two videos that have exceeded the 350 million mark.
The music video for "Dope" was released on June 24, 2015, and was one the singles from The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1, released on April 29 that year. The song went to No. 3 on the World Digital Song Sales chart upon its release.
BTS was recently awarded a YouTube Diamond Creator Award for surpassing 10 million subscribers on their BangtanTV channel, through which the group has shared their career and lives with fans through over 800 videos.
The news “Dope” reaching new heights precedes this week’s release BTS’ Love Yourself: Answer album, the final part the act’s Love Yourself series. According to the tracklist released yesterday, Answer will feature songs from prior Love Yourself albums along with six brand new songs and previously-unreleased tracks, including Jin’s solo “Epiphany” and Jungkook’s “Euphoria,” both which have only been heard through the series' video trailers; never on an album.
Love Yourself: Answer comes out on Friday (Aug. 24), and will be promoted through the group’s Love Yourself world tour. The septet will head to North America for tours in the U.S. and Canada at the start next month, and the local leg the worldwide concert series will culminate in a historic, sold-out performance at Citi Field on Oct. 6. It will be the first time a Korean act ever holds a Stadium show in the States.
Update: BTS is the first Korean group to see three music videos surpass the milestone, not the first Korean act.