BTS celebrated their 6th birthday for FESTA 2019. Lets look at their memories of 2018
In May 2018, BTS released their third Korean-language studio album, Love Yourself: Tear in conjunction with an appearance at the 25th Billboard Music Awards. At the show, BTS debuted as performers with the premiere of their lead single, “Fake Love” and won Top Social Artist, making them the only Korean artist to win the award two years in a row.
Love Yourself: Tear was one of BTS’ most successful albums, bringing them to new heights both domestically and internationally. The album debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with 135,000 album-equivalent units (including 100,000 pure album sales).
Love Yourself: Tear become BTS’ highest-charting and first number one album in the US, the first K-pop album to top the U.S. albums chart, and the highest-charting album by an Asian act
As the conclusion of the Love Yourself series, BTS released their second Korean compilation album Love Yourself: Answer in August 2018, which contained songs from the previous Love Yourself releases along with seven additional new tracks
The record sold over 1.9 million copies on the Gaon Album Chart in August 2018, breaking the chart’s all-time monthly record once again.
The album became BTS’ second number-one album on the U.S. Billboard 200 and their highest sales week in the country at that time.
BTS became the only K-pop act with two Billboard 200 toppers and the first pop act with two number one albums in less than a year since One Direction topped the chart with Midnight Memories in 2013 and Four in 2014.
Love Yourself: Answer later became the first Korean language album to be certified Gold by the RIAA in November
In conjunction with Love Yourself: Answer’s release in August 2018, BTS commenced their third world tour, BTS World Tour: Love Yourself, with a landmark concert in the Seoul Olympic Stadium, the largest stadium in South Korea
That October, with more than a year remaining in their contract, BTS renewed their contract with Big Hit Entertainment through 2026
At the end of the year, BTS won their third Artist of the Year at the 20th Mnet Asian Music Awards in a row and ranked number eight on Billboard’s year-end Top Artist Chart alongside the likes of Drake and Taylor Swift.
They were also the number two act of the year in the Duo/Group ranking, only behind Imagine Dragons.
The group sold more than 10 million albums in South Korea alone, with 5 million being sold in 2018 alone.
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