BTS celebrated their 4th year together during FESTA 2017. Lets get into their memories of 2016.
BTS hit major milestones in their career in 2016 and had a lot of records that they broke in music. BTS released their first Korean compilation album and the finale to their “youth series”, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever, was released in May 2016. The album topped Gaon Weekly Chart in Korea for two consecutive weeks and peaked at number 107 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever later won BTS’ first major Korean award for Album of the Year at the 8th Melon Music Awards. BTS embarked on their Asia tour extension, 2016 BTS LIVE “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage: Epilogue”, from May to August, visiting 10 cities and performing to 144,000 fans.
During their tour, BTS held a landmark two-day concert at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena in Seoul in May, and performed as first time headliners at both U.S. KCON shows held that year in Newark (June) and Los Angeles (July), to sold-out audiences. In line with their other successes, they became the first K-pop group to receive their own Twitter emoji in May 2016.
BTS released Wings, in October 2016. The lead single “Blood Sweat & Tears” achieved a music chart “all-kill” in South Korea and became their first number one hit on the weekly Gaon Digital Chart. Its music video gained over 6 million views within 24 hours, breaking the previous record held on YouTube for the highest number of views of a K-pop group music video within 24 hours.
Wings opened at number 26 on the U.S. Billboard 200, the highest chart ranking ever for a K-pop album, and BTS became the first Korean group to top the Billboard Social 50 chart that month. It was their first “million seller” album, moving over 1.5 million copies in South Korea that year and became the best-selling album in Gaon Album Chart history at the time. BTS were the first artist not from a “Big Three” entertainment company (SM, YG and JYP) to win Artist of the Year at the 18th Mnet Asian Music Awards in December.
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