BTS celebrated their 7th birthday for FESTA 2020. Here’s their memories of 2019
In February 2019, BTS attended the 61st Grammy Awards for the first time as award presenters following their appearance at the LA Grammy Museum in 2018
In April, BTS became the first Asian act to surpass 5 billion streams on Spotify, and Time named them as one of Time 100’s most influential people of 2019
Map of the Soul: Persona, was released on April 12 with the lead single “Boy with Luv”
Map of the Soul: Persona became the first Korean-language album to reach the number one position in both the UK and Australia and the group’s third consecutive album to top the Billboard 200 and the third within eleven months, joining the likes of the Beatles, who achieved the same in 1995–96
BTS are also the fastest group to get three number one albums since The Monkees in 1967. The EP became the best-selling physical album in the US for the year of 2019, with 312,000 physical sales
“Boy with Luv” debuted at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest in history for a Korean group, and its music video became the most-viewed online video within the first 24 hours as of 2019, accumulating more than 74.6 million views.
“Boy with Luv” was certified in multiple countries, including Australia where it was certified Gold for selling 35,000 units, and the US where the RIAA certified it Platinum for selling over 1 million units
Following their two wins at the 26th Billboard Music Awards in May, including for Top Duo/Group, BTS embarked on their world tour stadium extension, Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, with dates in multiple stadium venues including Wembley Stadium, Stade de France, MetLife Stadium, Rose Bowl, and Soldier Field.
With this they became the first Asian and first non-English speaking artist ever to headline and sell out Wembley Stadium.
Their concerts at Rose Bowl had broken the record for highest-grossing single engagement in the venue’s Boxscore history, surpassing Taylor Swift’s and U2’s previous dates there.
All dates sold out within two hours, with second dates for all venues added due to the high demand
In October, BTS performed at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, becoming the first foreign act to perform a solo concert in Saudi Arabia. For the final stop of their record-breaking Love Yourself: Speak Yourself World Tour, the group held a run of three sold-out nights at Seoul’s Olympic Stadium to close this chapter of their story
In November, BTS became the first K-pop group to win Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock at the 2019 American Music Awards and Favourite Social Artist consecutively (2018 and 2019).
In December, they attended both the 2019 Melon Music Awards and 2019 Mnet Asian Music Awards. The group became the first artist in the history of K-pop to receive all grand prizes from both ceremonies; getting four from each award show
At the 34th Golden Disc Awards, BTS became the first artists in history to win grand prizes in both the physical and digital categories in a single year
Map of the Soul: Persona was named the second best-selling physical album of 2019 in the U.S. by Nielsen Music only behind Taylor Swift’s Lover and was ranked sixth overall on the chart of Top 10 Albums (Total Sales) in the U.S.
BTS wrapped 2019 as the fourth most successful group on Billboard’s Top Billboard 200 Artists – Duo/Group ranking, only behind Queen, Imagine Dragons and the Beatles.
Map of the Soul: Persona was named as the third best-selling album of 2019 by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, making BTS the first Korean artist to be listed on the Global Top 10 Album Chart for two consecutive years
The IFPI named BTS as one of the best-selling artists of 2019 for a second consecutive year, making them the first non-English speaking act to achieve this.
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