The global icons have yet hit another milestone as they reportedly hit the mark for one billion streams on Apple Music, the first for any Korean music act.
On November 2, Apple Music had announced that BTS had surpassed one billion streams on the major streaming service.
[Official] @BTS_twt became the first Korean artist to break 1 BILLION streams on Apple music
— 둘셋 ·‿· 🐢 (@doolsetbangtan) November 4, 2018
While a momentous achievement for Korean music acts, it should also be recognised that surpassing one billion streams on Apple Music is no easy feat with only a number of established acts in the West managing the milestone like Rihanna and Ariana Grande.
Earlier in September, it was previously announced that BTS had set another ground-breaking record for Korean artists on a different major streaming platform. In just a little more than a month of its release, it was reported that ‘LOVE YOURSELF 結 ‘Answer’ had surpassed one billion streams on Spotify, making it the first Korean album to do so on the platform.
As per usual, fans celebrated the achievement under #BTS_Apple1BStreams. While some continued to celebrate the group’s seemingly never-ending winning streak, others were even smart enough to calculate a rough estimation of what the group would earn from their streams on the platform.
-LY: Answer is the First AND only Korean Album on Spotify to surpass 1B+ streams
-LY: Tear is the First AND only Album in 2018 to surpass 2B Gaon Digital Index points
— 𝑔𝑒𝓁 ✨ (@euphoriatay) November 4, 2018
@BTS_twt is the FIRST Korean artist to surpass 1 billion (1,000,000,000) streams on Apple Music !!
— 민태 | mintae (@jeoniies) November 4, 2018
So BTS really became the first K-Artist to make $7.8M from reaching total ONE BILLION STREAMS on Apple Music. Imagine thinking BTS doesn't have GP supports, Apple Music would auto cancel your subscription on you. #BTS_Apple1BStreams #MTVEMABiggestFansBTS @BTS_twt
— 𝔹𝕋𝕊 #𝕎𝕒𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕀𝕥𝕆𝕟𝕄𝕖 ➐ (@BTSARMYNA) November 4, 2018
They’re handsome, but handsome didn’t get a billion audio streams.
They can dance beautifully, but choreography didn’t get a billion audio streams.
They use Twitter, but sns didn’t get a billion audio streams.
— Kookie Crumbles 💜 (@Crumbles4Kookie) November 4, 2018
Thoughts? Is anyone surprised at this point? What other ‘firsts’ are there left for BTS to break? Calculating all that maths is honestly amazing. Remember to stream ‘mono’ and ‘Waste It On Me’ for a bountiful harvest! Tweet us at @ForeverBTScom!