BTS’ ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ sweeps Korean, global music charts

K-pop boy band BTS made their explosive comeback with a new album that topped Korean and global music charts.

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The idol group released their new album “Love Yourself: Tear” on May 18 containing the title track “Fake Love.”

Following the release, the album topped the iTunes Top Albums chart in 65 countries and territories including the Philippines and US. In Korea, “Fake Love” achieved an all-kill status for topping real-time music charts.

The boys are in the US and set to perform at the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) on May 20 (May 21 in Manila) in Las Vegas. They are nominated again for the BBMAs’ Top Social Artist award, which they won last year.

Before the album’s release, pre-orders reached a record of 1.44 million copies in April.

The music video for “Fake Love” is also making records. The video reached 10 million views in only 4 hours and 55 minutes after it was uploaded at 6 p.m. Korean time (5 p.m. in Manila) on May 18.

It garnered 20 million views at about 1:54 a.m. on May 19, or 8 hours and 54 minutes after its release. It reached 30 million views at about 9:50 a.m. on May 19.

“Fake Love” had 31.31 million views as of 11 a.m. on May 19, or 18 hours after it was uploaded on YouTube.

The most watched music video in 24 hours on YouTube is Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do,” released last Aug. 27, which garnered 43.2 million views.

BTS flew to the US on May 14 for the BBMAs and TV guestings. They had already taped for “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and “The Ellen Show” hosted by Ellen DeGeneres. BTS’ appearance on “Ellen” will be aired on May 25 in the US.