Defying worsening S. Korea-Japan ties, BTS concerts draw 210,000 fans in Japan

K-pop super band BTS' four concerts in Japan this month drew a total of 210,000 fans, making the Japanese leg of the band's world tour a solid success despite worsening trade and diplomatic rows between South Korea and Japan.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Korean septet rocked Shizuoka's 50,000-seat ECOPA stadium in the second Japanese city of their world tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself."

This was in addition to the band's concerts at the 47,000-seat Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka the previous weekend, the first stop on the tour's Japanese leg.

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BTS to hold unprecedented K-pop concert in Saudi Arabia

K-pop super band BTS will perform solo concert in Saudi Arabia in October, becoming the first non-Saudi Arabian artists to perform at a stadium in the country, its management agency has said.

BTS announced the Saudi Arabian leg of their ongoing "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" world tour on Sunday, set for October 11 at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, the capital.

It makes BTS the first non-Saudi Arabian artist to put on a solo stadium concert in the Arab country, according to Big Hit Entertainment.

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BTS' 'IDOL' music video hits 500 mln YouTube views

The music video of K-pop super band BTS' hit song "IDOL" surpassed 500 million YouTube views Thursday, the band's fifth music video to accomplish the feat.

The hypnotic music video off the band's previous album "Love Yourself: Answer," released in August last year, hit the milestone early Thursday morning, according to Big Hit Entertainment.

BTS shortly released another version of the "IDOL" music video, featuring iconic American female rapper Nicki Minaj. The second music video also has garnered nearly 80 million YouTube views as of Thursday.

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BTS becomes highest-charting foreign artist in Japan with new Japanese single

Super group BTS topped Japan's Oricon weekly singles chart this week with its latest Japanese single "Lights/Boy With Luv," garnering the highest weekly score for any foreign artist in the Japanese music market, the band's management agency said Tuesday.

The three-track single, dropped in Japan on July 3, earned some 621,000 sales points to finish atop the Oricon weekly singles chart for the week of July 1-7, according to Big Hit Entertainment.

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BTS tops Nielsen Music's physical album charts for H1

Roaring K-pop boy band BTS topped Nielsen Music's Top 10 Physical Albums chart for the first half of this year, chart results showed Friday.

With sales of 312,000 copies in the United States, BTS' latest album "Map of the Soul: Persona" came atop the physical album chart, according to Nielsen Music's Mid-year Report U.S. 2019.

The report put together sales data recorded from January 4 to June 20 in the U.S. record market.

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BTS tops Nielsen Music's physical album charts for H1

Roaring K-pop boy band BTS topped Nielsen Music's Top 10 Physical Albums chart for the first half of this year, chart results showed Friday.

With sales of 312,000 copies in the United States, BTS' latest album "Map of the Soul: Persona" came atop the physical album chart, according to Nielsen Music's Mid-year Report U.S. 2019.

The report put together sales data recorded from January 4 to June 20 in the U.S. record market.

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BTS' management company to move into new building

Big Hit Entertainment, the management agency for K-pop boy band BTS, said Tuesday it plans to move into a new 19-story office building in central Seoul next May in accordance with its business expansion plan.

Big Hit and its affiliates will lease an entire building with 26 floors, including seven below ground, whose construction is to be completed in the Yongsan district by the end of this year, the company said.

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Like Lady Gaga, BTS is market-changing force in U.S. pop scene: Billboard's pop columnist

 As American pop icon Lady Gaga once inspired the U.S. pop scene to follow her example and find copycats, K-pop boy band BTS stands now as a force that changes the contours of the American pop industry, an American columnist specializing in K-pop said Tuesday.

"In the grand scheme of pop culture, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with. They are someone who changes things," Jeff Benjamin said in an interview with Yonhap News Agency and other news outlets on the sidelines of the annual Culture Communication Forum hosted by the Corea Image Communication Institute.

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BTS launches fan community on mobile application

Roaring K-pop boy band BTS launched Monday an official mobile application channel to connect with fans around the world.

The septet announced the opening of BTS Weverse, an official fan community based on the application Weverse.

Through the channel, BTS will communicate with fans using text messages as well as video clips and photos, according to Big Hit Entertainment.

The app will provide exclusive content featuring BTS. Posting its first video clip on BTS Weverse, the BTS members said "(the community) will be a space where we and ARMY communicate and share fun."

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BTS to globally release third movie on its world tour

A new documentary film on K-pop band BTS' 2018 world tour will be globally released in August, the band's management agency announced Wednesday.

"'Bring The Soul: The Movie' will have its global release on Aug. 7," Big Hit Entertainment said.

The latest film is the third of its kind, following "Burn the Stage: The Movie" on the band's 2017 world tour and "Love Yourself in Seoul" on its 2018 concert in Seoul, which were released in November and January, respectively.

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