How BTS and K-Pop Disrupted Mainstream Politics

The most powerful speech at the United Nations wasn’t actually from a world leader, but from a KPop band named BTS. It’s not the first time the genre has managed to make waves politically.

The South Korean boy band BTS is now the first K-pop group to reach No. 1 on the Billboard top 200. Love Yourself: Tear sold 135,000 units for the week ending May 24, as tallied by Nielsen Music. According to Billboard, Love Yourself: Tear is also the first primarily foreign language album to top the charts since Il Divo’s Ancora in 2006.

The seven-member group, also known as the Bangtan Boys, has a devoted core of fans known as “the army” and its appeal has been likened to Beatlemania in the 1960s. BTS is at the heart of a global trend known as “Hallyu,” or “Korean Wave.” Their albums include Dark & Wild and 2 Kool 4 Skool.

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