BTS (Big Hit Entertainment) released their new album BE (Deluxe Edition) on November 20, becoming their fifth consecutive No.1 Korean-language album to top the Billboard 200. The album produced seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including the hit single “Dynamite” – the first for an all Korean act to secure a No.1 on this chart and “Life Goes On” – the first non-English song No. 1 debut in Hot 100 history. Furthermore, BTS became the first band in the same week to debut both a song and album at No.1 on Billboard.
Looking back at BTS’ album success including a recent GRAMMY nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, the superstars, now deemed TIME Magazine’s Entertainer of the Year, have surpassed what it means to be a phenomenon. Just two years ago in 2018, they released LOVE YOURSELF 轉 ‘TEAR’ followed by LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘ANSWER’, then in 2019 MAP OF THE SOUL : PERSONA. In February 2020, BTS released their chart-topping album MAP OF THE SOUL : 7. BTS has been non-stop.
BTS capped 2020 with appearances on Billboard’s Year-End Charts: Top Artists, Top Artists Duo/Group, Digital Song Sales Artists, Social 50 Artists, World Albums Artists, Billboard 200 Artists Duo/Group.
What’s the meaning behind BE you ask? The group said in a SiriusXM Hits 1 interview, “It means existence and, like, potentials. It could be anything — to be present in the moment.”