Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, BTS became the globe's largest exporter of K-pop in the second half of the '10s. The seven-piece boy band first started releasing music in 2013, and then extended their reach to Japan a year later. In 2016, their second album, Wings, made inroads into the U.S. market, peaking at No. 26 on the Billboard 200.
That had been the highest chart position for a K-pop act in the U.S. up to that point, but they exploded soon after that. Love Yourself: Tear and a compilation of their earlier work, Love Yourself: Answer, both topped the American album chart in 2018. The day after the release of 2019's Map of the Soul: Persona, they appeared on Saturday Night Live. Their success has prompted outlets like CNN, the BBC and Forbes to compare their popularity and influence to Beatlemania,
In addition, they've partnered with the United Nations to launch an initiative aimed at global education and the prevention of youth violence.