BIGBANG, SNSD, EXO & More: K-Pop Bands That Have Transcended American Billboard Barriers Over the Years


Back in the K-pop era, getting into Billboard was just a dream. So, thanks to these Korean artists – BoA, BIGBANG, SNSD, EXO, BTS, etc. – K-pop is now at the top of the American charts.

According to the latest charts released by Billboard, BTS’s “Butter” earned its No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. This is the first time that a K-pop group has managed to reach the top of the charts for four consecutive weeks.

With this, the global K-pop group also became the first Asian artist to achieve this, breaking the record for Japanese Ku Sakamoto who topped the list for three consecutive weeks in 1963.

The septet’s success in Billboard ultimately broke the language and genre barrier in the US market, opening the doors to other K-pop artists.

In this article, let’s pay tribute to the pioneers who first rocked Billboard.

[Disclaimer: This article only includes artists who topped Billboard 200 and Hot 100, considered as the two main Billboard Charts.]

Before BTS, there was a singer who paved the way for Billboard – BoA.

BoA was the first K-pop artist to open the door to the Billboard 200. Her self-titled album, also her debut studio album, ranked 127th on the chart at the time. That same year, the Wonder Girls’ “Nobody” wrote their first record in the US charts after reaching # 76 on the Hot 100.

After three years, it was Psy who then won in the Hot 100 ranking. In 2012, “Gangnam Style” placed second for seven weeks. While it’s unfortunate that he failed to regain the top spot, he later entered consecutively with “Gentleman,” “Hangover,” and “Daddy,” increasing K-pop’s status.

Since then, the second-gen idols have reopened the Billboard 200 for K-pop in 2012 – steadily earning their name since then.

BIGBANG’s “Alive” placed 150th, while Girls ‘Generation-TTS’ “Twinkle” placed 126th.

Additionally, “One of a Kind” by “King of K-pop” BIGBANG G-Dragon placed 161st and “Coup D’Etat Pt.1” placed 182nd.

In 2014, “Mr. Mr.” from Girls’ Generation ranked 110th, “Crush” from 2NE1 61st and “Rise” from Taeyang 112th.

During this time, EXO also played an important role as one of the first third generation bands to enter the Billboard 200. Their album “Overdose” ranked 129th while “Exodus” was 95th, which makes the presence of K-pop even more famous.

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BTS, MONSTA X, BLACKPINK, TWICE and more: K-pop bands that broke Billboard barriers

Billboard’s door to K-pop opened years ago, but language and gender barriers remain an obstacle. But with the following groups including BTS, entry into the top two charts has become much more frequent.

BTS, which topped the Billboard 200 list, along with groups SuperM, NCT 127, MONSTA X, and TXT, made it to the top five on the Billboard 200.

The rise of girl groups is also noticeable. According to Billboard on June 20, TWICE’s 10th mini album “Taste of Love” ranked 6th on the Billboard 200 chart. TWICE, which ranked 72nd with their second full album “Eyes Wide Open”, released in December of last year, showed explosive growth, raising expectations for the future.

TWICE also became the second Korean girl group to make the top 10 after BLACKPINK.

Speaking of BLACKPINK, the quartet placed 24th with “Kill This Love” in 2019 after placing 40th with “SQUARE UP” in 2018 and second with “The Album” last year.

With these incredible K-pop groups making feats on the Billboard charts, fourth-generation groups like TXT, ENHYPEN and ITZY (who had previously entered the main charts) have made the K-industry understand. pop that the world, not Korea, is now the K-pop scene.

READ MORE: # Butter4thNo1OnHot100: BTS sets new longest record at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

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Written by Eunice Dawson




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