BTS’ Suga has become the first Korean soloist to surpass 1 billion streams across his entire discography on Spotify.
BTS’ Suga a rapper, singer, song writer and producer is responsible for writing, composing, arranging, mixing, and mastering his material. Over 100 registered songs are credited to him by the Korea Music Copyright Association. He is a pianist, and produces hip hop and R&B music. Suga released a free self-titled mixtape via SoundCloud on August 15, 2016. He decided against releasing the project as a commercial studio album, describing it as the “feeling of being trapped in some sort of framework.
In 2017, Suga composed the song “Wine” for singer Suran, whom he had previously worked with for a single on his mixtape. At Suga’s studio, Suran heard a rough draft of “Wine” and asked Suga for the song. The record peaked at #2 on the Gaon Digital Chart and won best Soul/R&B track of the year at the Melon Music Awards on December 2, 2017.Suga also received the “Hot Trend Award” for his work on the track
Suga later re-released his mixtape Agust D for digital purchase and streaming in February 2018. The reissue reached #3 on Billboard’s World Albums Chart, #5 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, and #74 on the Top Album Sales chart. It also caused Suga’s solo alias, Agust D, to reach #46 on the Emerging Artists chart for the week of March 3.
In January 2019, Suga provided a rap feature on Lee So-ra’s single “Song Request”. The track was co-written by Suga and Tablo of Epik High, who also produced the track. The single debuted at number three on South Korea’s Gaon Digital Chart and at number two on Billboard’s World Digital Songs chart, with 3,000 downloads during the song’s two-day charting period.
Suga later produced a track for Epik High’s Sleepless in extended play, titled “Eternal Sunshine”, in February. He co-wrote and produced the digital single, “We Don’t Talk Together”, for singer Heize, which she released on July 7. In December, American singer-songwriter Halsey released the song “Suga’s Interlude”, from her third studio album Manic, which both featured and was produced by Suga.
On May 6, 2020, IU released the digital single “Eight” featuring and produced by Suga. The song debuted at number one on both the Gaon Digital Chart and Billboard World Digital Songs chart.
Suga released his second mixtape, D-2 (the continuation to Agust D), together with the music video for its lead single “Daechwita” on May 22, which peaked at #76 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. The mixtape debuted at number 11 on the Billboard 200 and became the highest-charting album by a Korean soloist in the US. It is also the first Korean solo release to reach the top 10 in the United Kingdom, opening at number 7 on the UK albums chart.