It can be said that 2020 is the most brilliant year in BTS’s career.
With only one Korean album released in 2019, fans and audiences expected BTS to have more music products in 2020 and had more outstanding achievements in their career. And indeed, their expectations have come true when Big Hit’s boy group made three comebacks in 2029 and all achieved outstanding achievements.
In January, BTS officially released Black Swan as the paving song for the group’s fourth studio album, Map of the Soul: 7. Immediately, the group set a record when reaching the number of pre-orders up to 4.02 million copies (breaking the previous record of 2.68 million copies of Map of the Soul: Persona). It’s no surprise that Black Swan peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100, signaling a very successful year for the group.
After a long wait, Map of the Soul: 7 with the title song On was officially released at the end of February. According to the Gaon music chart, this album has sold over 4.1 million copies within 9 days, surpassed the record previously held by the album Map of the Soul: Persona, and became the best-selling album in Korean history. As expected, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 422,000 copies sold in the US. The title song “ON” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with 86,000 downloads, becoming the group’s first single to reach the top 5 and the single with the highest weekly sales.
By the end of August, BTS released the first English single in their career, Dynamite. The music video for this song broke YouTube’s record by attracting more than 3 million viewers on YouTube and set a new record for the most viewed video in the first 24 hours on that platform. Dynamite debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making BTS the first Korean artist and the second Asian artist to get that achievement.
On November 20, BTS continued to release their fifth studio album, Be, with the title song Life Goes On. This song continues to rise to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the third song of BTS to achieve this achievement. On November 24, BTS was nominated for Best Pop Performance by the Duo / Group at the 63rd Grammy Awards with the song Dynamite.
It can be said that 2020 is the most brilliant year in BTS’s career – making the group become famous globally. Hopefully this year, the group will maintain their performance and continue to possess more achievements.