Variety, an influential US entertainment magazine, announced that it had selected BTS as “Group of the Year” on Tuesday (US time), elaborating that “the record-breaking septet has solidified their status as global superstars, rounding out one of the largest stadium tours of the year and releasing a string of top-selling singles.”
|BTS performs in concert in October (Yonhap)|
The Hitmaker of the Year award is reserved for those who have contributed to the music field -- songwriters, producers, publishers and managers. Other winners include Billie Eilish, whose song “Bad Guy” was the fifth-most-consumed song of the year, having been streamed almost a billion times on Spotify, according to Variety. The awards ceremony is scheduled Dec. 7.
Reentering Billboard’s main albums chart this month, BTS became the first Korean artist to spend a year on the Billboard 200. The music video “Boy With Luv”-- the title song of the group’s recent album, “Map of the Soul: Persona” -- surpassed 610 million YouTube views as of Wednesday.
The group also won two prizes -- Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist -- at the Billboard Music Awards in May, and three trophies at MTV’s Europe Music Awards for Best Group, Best Live and Biggest Fans.
By Park Yuna (email@example.com)