Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Top of the Pops: Phenom Korean Boy Band BTS is Number 1 on Album Chart, All Seven Tracks in Top 10 Singles


Korean boy band phenoms BTS are the musical guests on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Their appearance should cause pandemonium since their new album is number 1 this morning on iTunes. Not only that, the seven tracks that comprise the “album” are all in the iTunes Top 10 singles.

BTS stands for Bangtan Boys. The singers are called Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, Jin, RM, and J-Hope. Or RM (previously Rap Monster)/ Kim Nam Joon, Jungkook/ Jeon Jeong-guk, Jin/ Kim Seok Jin, Suga/ Min Yoon Gi
J-Hope/ Jung Ho Seok, Jimin/ Park Ji Min, and V/ Kim Tae Hyung.

“Map of the Soul: Persona” is the name of the album. And the singles are “Boy with Luv” featuring Halsey and six others including “Make it Right.” They’re all in Korean, so I’m not sure why the US teen market is so interested. Are they cute? They’re no Dino, Desi, and Billy, that’s for sure.

If I were One Direction, I’d be getting together fast.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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