The Year in Okay-Pop on the Charts: BTS Breaks Genre Barriers While the Scene Expands Its Reach


EXO, BLACKPINK, NCT 127 and extra are the acts leadings in Okay-pop's largest impression yr thus far.

They say a rising tide lifts all ships. With BTS changing into South Korea's breakout celebrity, Billboard's year-end charts noticed the septet breaking style boundaries whereas the business felt the Okay-pop warmth greater than ever.

BTS Surpasses Okay-Pop Genre: Firstly notable is BTS hovering right into a slew of Billboard's principal all-genre charts in a means no Korean act has finished up to now. With their mixed and steady success within the areas of gross sales, streaming, radio airplay, social exercise and touring income, BTS earns the No. eight place within the year-end Top Artist chart, rating them in a Top 10 alongside the likes of Drake, Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Those comparable statistics make BTS the No. 2 act within the Duo/Group rating, solely behind Imagine Dragons and beating out heavyweights in hip-hop (like Migos at No. three), and pop (Maroon 5 is No. four).

Billboard’s year-end music recaps are based mostly on chart efficiency through the charts dated Dec. 2, 2017, to Nov. 17, 2018. Data registered earlier than or after an artist’s chart run just isn't thought of in these standings.

Previous to BTS' debut at No. 10 final yr, no Korean group had made the all-genre Top Artist rankings. Only solo star PSY made two appearances in 2012 (debuting at No. 56) and 2013 (No. 42). This yr, boy band EXO additionally makes the rating at No. 76 marking the primary time two South Korean–based mostly acts had made the year-end listing.

In one other first, BTS additionally despatched entries to the year-end Billboard 200 Albums chart. August's Love Yourself: Answer leads by debuting at No. 85, adopted by May's Love Yourself: Tear at No. 101, and their 2017 EP Love Yourself: Her even made the listing at No. 150. The mixture of their success on the Billboard 200 chart -- which mixes gross sales and streaming information -- sees them land at No. 21 on the year-end Billboard 200 Artists chart. BTS is the primary Korean act to ever seem on both album-focused listing. 

BTS additionally additional broke style boundaries by touchdown on two year-end dance charts with their Steve Aoki collaboration "Waste It on Me" making each the 2018 rankings for Hot Dance/Electronic Songs Songs (at No. 68) and Dance/Electronic Digital Song Sales (No. 38).

As beforehand reported, BTS reigns over the parade of Okay-pop artists that landed on the year-end Social 50 chart. Two years in the past, in 2016, BTS turned the primary Korean group ever to seem on the year-end Social 50 listing whereas 2017 noticed the addition of EXO and Seventeen. Now, eight extra boy bands (together with GOT7, NCT 127 and Monsta X) be part of the year-end rating in addition to two lady teams (BLACKPINK and TWICE).

More Okay-Pop Album Sales: Okay-pop acts additionally make their greatest displaying on the world-genre charts with the top-selling albums and songs within the class conquered from a majority of Korean artists. The year-end World Albums chart, which collects solely gross sales information, sees BTS and its members largely lead in gross sales with EXO, BLACKPINK and NCT 127 incomes positions as Korean-artist releases symbolize 9 of the ultimate 20 positions (up from six in 2017 and three in 2016). See under for the rating of the best-selling Okay-pop albums in America for 2018:

1. BTS, Love Yourself: Tear
2. BTS, Love Yourself: Answer
three. BTS, Love Yourself: Her
four. J-Hope, Hope World
5. EXO, Don't Mess Up My Tempo
6. RM, Mono
7. BLACKPINK, Square Up
eight. BTS, Face Yourself (Japanese-language launch)
9. NCT 127, Regular-Irregular

On the World Albums chart all through 2018, BTS had the most effective outcomes on the listing general coming in at No. 1 on the year-end World Albums Artists chart. EXO ranks second-best (at No. 5 general), adopted by BTS members J-Hope (No. 6) and RM (No. 7), in addition to BLACKPINK (No. 9) and NCT 127 (No. 10).

Also, More Okay-Pop Song Sales: Meanwhile, the year-end World World Digital Songs chart collects solely gross sales information and in addition sees BTS main the way in which with occasional appearances from just a few different Okay-poppers. Korean-artist releases symbolize 21 of the ultimate 25 positions (up from 16 in 2017 and 17 in 2016). See under for the rating of the best-selling Okay-pop songs in America for 2018:

1. BTS, "MIC Drop (feat. Desiigner)"
2. BTS, "Fake Love"
three. BTS, "Idol (feat. Nicki Minaj)"
four. BTS, "DNA"
5. BTS, "Blood Sweat & Tears"
6. BLACKPINK, "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du"
7. BTS, "Go Go"
eight. BTS, "Fire"
9. BTS, "Euphoria"
10. BTS, "Save Me"
11. BTS, "I'm Fine"
12. BTS, "Don't Leave Me" (Japanese-language launch)
13. BTS, "Airplane, Pt. 2"
14. BTS, "Anpanman"
15. PSY, "Gangnam Style"
16. BTS, "Epiphany"
17. BTS, "Tri: See Saw"
18. Red Velvet, "Bad Boy"
19. BTS, "Dope"
20. BTS, "Not Today"

BTS additionally earned the No. 1 spot on the year-end World Digital Songs Artists chart. BLACKPINK did second-best amongst Okay-pop acts (at No. four on the listing) adopted by TWICE (No. 5), Red Velvet (No. 6) and lady group MOMOLAND (No. 10).

So, what do all these numbers say? Firstly, BTS is killing it -- duh -- however doing so by breaking throughout genres in a means we haven't seen a Korean-pop act do. But second, there's an rising quantity of curiosity in a various quantity of artists and releases from the Okay-pop scene that's serving to the scene proceed a wholesome development within the business even when not each act is hitting BTS ranges of chart success.