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BTS makes splash with new album

K-pop boy band Bangtan Boys, or BTS, had a strong first day back in the spotlight.

Returning with its second full-length album, “Wings,” this week, the group has already topped charts at home and abroad.

Released Monday morning, the 15-track album soon dominated eight major local music charts -- MelOn, Mnet, Olleh Music, Soribada, Genie, Bugs, Naver Music and Monkey3 -- according to BTS’ management agency Big Hit Entertainment on Monday.

K-pop boy band Bangtan Boys (Big Hit Entertainment)
K-pop boy band Bangtan Boys (Big Hit Entertainment)

Garnering the attention of international fans, “Wings” also ranked No. 1 on the iTunes charts in 23 countries, including Canada, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore and Norway, as of Monday morning.

Additionally, the album’s title track “Blood Sweat & Tears” topped one of China’s largest music streaming platforms QQ Music. The song’s official music video recorded more than 3 million views in less than 12 hours of its release.

The seven-member act is also gearing up for its third global fan meeting “BTS 3rd Muster (ARMY.ZIP+),” which will take place at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Gocheok-dong, Seoul, on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. and on Nov. 13 at 4 p.m.

By Kim Yu-young (
Korea Herald daum