It seems as if a week doesn’t go by without a K-Pop artist or group making their mark on the US Billboard Chart! On a recent online forum, netizens discussed the names they associated with the American chart.
Here is a look at the six artists that K-Pop fans said they think of the most when talking about Billboard.
There is no denying that BTS deserves a spot on this list. It seems as if, each week, the group is making history on the Billboard charts, whether it’s being the longest-charting Korean act or having the first Japanese song to ever debut at number one! BTS has cemented their legacy on the American charts and will continue to do so in the future.
For many people who did not know about K-Pop, PSY was their first exposure to the industry. He took the number two on the Billboard chart with his viral song “Gangnam Style” and then finally reached number one a year later with “I Luv It.” He was also the second K-Pop star to brace the Billboard magazine cover.
3. Wonder Girls
Wonder Girls became the first Korean act to enter the top 100 of the main Billboard chart in 2009 with their track “Nobody.” Although it was their only track to make it into the charts, there is no denying that they started a legacy that many recent K-Pop acts have continued.
In 2016, CL made her first entry onto the Billboard charts with her track “Lifted.” She has also gained a lot of attention from Billboard, who have called her “the first K-pop artist to become a true global superstar.” With her first full studio album expected to be released in 2021, the sky is the limit for CL!
2009 seemed to be the breakout year for many K-Pop artists on the Billboard charts. Alongside Wonder Girls, BoA was the first South Korean artist to land an album on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Since then, she has continued to impact the world of K-Pop with her meaningful songs and messages of empowerment.
BLACKPINK was the first girl group to become number one on the Billboard Artist 100 Chart with their first album in 2020. In 2019, their track “Kill This Love” also became the highest-charting Hot 100 hit ever by a K-pop girl group. The members are continuing to dominate the charts as both a group and soloists!