BTS celebrated their 5th birthday for FESTA 2018. Lets look at their memories of 2017.
In February 2017, BTS released the repackaged edition of Wings (2016), entitled You Never Walk Alone. Pre-orders of the repackage reached over 700,000 copies, breaking the record for most albums sold in a month.
Its lead single, “Spring Day” Upon release, “Spring Day” topped eight of the major South Korean online music charts, as well as Gaon, and crashed Melon’s digital chart due to the high influx of user traffic.
The song also entered the U.S. Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart at number 15 with “zero promotions.”
As confirmation of its staying power, “Spring Day” is the longest-charting song on Melon to date. “Spring Day” later won Best Song of the Year at the 9th Melon Music Awards.
In conjunction with the release of You Never Walk Alone, BTS commenced their second world tour, 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour, from February to December. The tour visited 12 countries including Brazil, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and the United States and gathered 550,000 fans.
Tickets for the North American leg sold out within minutes and two additional shows were added due to high demand, making BTS the first K-pop act to sell out arenas in the United States.
After completing their North American leg, BTS attended the 24th Billboard Music Awards in May and won Top Social Artist, becoming the first Korean group awarded a Billboard Music Award
Love Yourself: Her EP, debuting at number seven on the Billboard 200 with 31,000 album-equivalent units. In Korea, the EP sold over 1.2 million copies on the Gaon Album Chart in its first month, achieving the highest monthly album sales in the chart’s history and the highest on any Korean chart in 16 years
The single “DNA” was released simultaneously with the EP and debuted at number two in Korea. Its music video broke the previous record for most viewed K-pop group music video within the first 24 hours with more than 20 million views on YouTube.
“DNA” also became the group’s first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 85, making BTS the first K-pop boy band to do so and the second Korean act with a Korean-language song
“Mic Drop (Remix)” peaked at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the first top 40 entry for a K-pop group on the chart. Both “Mic Drop Remix” and “DNA” were later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) making BTS the first and only Korean artist to receive two certifications.
In November 2017, BTS became the first K-pop group to perform at the American Music Awards. That same month, Guinness World Records revealed that BTS had earned a spot in their 2018 edition for “having the world’s most Twitter engagements for a music group”.
In December 2017, they also became the first K-pop group to perform on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve to welcome the new year
At the end of the year, BTS won their second Artist of the Year at the 19th Mnet Asian Music Awards, becoming the first act to win the award two years in a row.
They also became the first artist outside of the “Big Three” to win major awards at the Golden Disc Awards and the Seoul Music Awards, respectively
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