BTS Miscellaneous Achievements: 2018

NOTE: The majority of these come from Korean and U.S. based magazines and websites (YouTube, Tumblr, Spotify, etc.) because this is what I’m familiar with as an American K-pop fan. But I’d also like to point out that BTS is incredibly popular across the globe and has had plenty other accomplishments in many other countries!

BTS set some records in 2018, but I won’t mention it if they’ve gone on to break it since. If you want further details, you can read the articles I linked in my bullet point lists and/or in the source notes.

BTS’s Achievements in 2018

Love Yourself: Tear (“Fake Love”)

  • “Fake Love” entered the Spotify Global Top 200 at #17, which set a record for Korean artists at the time.
  • “Fake Love” was one of two K-pop songs played during the World Cup. (The other was “Power” by EXO.)
  • Love Yourself: Tear was nominated for a Grammy Award for “Best Recording Package.”

Love Yourself: Answer (“IDOL”)

  • When Love Yourself: Answer was released, BTS swept the Top 12 spots on iTunes’ United States Top Songs chart. All of the songs on the album were also in the Top 50.

Popularity and Influence

Other Achievements and Items of Note

End of Year Charts and Lists

Website/Company/News SourceAchievements/Rankings
International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI)#2 Global Recording Artist
Global Album Chart:
#2 Love Yourself: Answer
#3 Love Yourself: Tear
Instagram (Korea)Top Boy Group
Photo With Most Likes
New York TimesThe 65 Best Songs of 2018: “Fake Love” and “Singularity”
Rolling Stone#13 Best Pop Album of 2018 (for Love Yourself: Tear)
Spotify#2 Most Streamed Group of 2018
Tumblr#1 Top K-pop Group
#1-7 Top K-pop Stars
(Order: Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, Jin, J-Hope, RM)
TwitterMost Tweeted Account Globally
YouTubeTop 10 Most Watched Music Videos (in South Korea):
#5 “Fake Love”
#9 “IDOL”
Top 10 Most Watched Music Videos (globally):
#2 “Fake Love”
#3 “MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix”)
#4 “IDOL”

SOURCES: Bloomberg (1), Elle magazine (1), Forbes magazine (1), IFPI (1), Instagram, iTunes/Apple Music, New York Times (1), Rolling Stone (1), Soompi*, Spotify, TIME magazine (1) (2) (3) (4), Tumblr (1) (2), Twitter, YouTube
*For Love Yourself: Tear: (1) (2) (3)
*For Love Yourself: Answer: (1)
*For Popularity and Influence: (1)
*For Other Achievements and Items of Note: (1) (2) (3) (4)
*For End of Year Charts and Lists: (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6)

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