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The last week has been huge for BTS on YouTube as the South Korean septet saw not one but two of its most popular music videos with a billion views on the site. A billion plays remains a threshold reserved only for the greatest hits and the most popular artists, and the number of acts that have scored more than one such win is pretty small.
BTS is the South Korean musical act with the most hits like this with two new music videos that are now viewed more than a billion, breaking ties with another big successful singing group from their home country.
As of last week, BTS and Blackpink had the highest number of videos with the highest number of billion views on YouTube among South Korean stars, but that is no longer the case. BTS now claims half a dozen such winners while Blackpink is stable with their four, which is enough to put them in second place on this all-time ranking.
BTS’s newest entrants in the Billion View Club include their own “Fake Love” as well as “Idol” which Nicki Minaj shows in some versions (which may be the most popular). Both clips hit the special milestone last week, just two days apart. The band’s other hits “Boy With Luv” with Halsey, “DNA”, “Dynamite” and “Mic Drop” with Steve Aoki have made it to the important point before.
Blackpink’s four videos that have been played at least a billion times on YouTube include “Ddu-Du Ddu-Du”, “Kill This Love”, “Boombayah” and, most recently, “As If It’s Your Last”.
Two other South Korean music acts have also seen at least one music video that received a billion views on YouTube and joined this very exclusive club. Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and “Gentleman” are both among the most successful releases by a musical figure from this part of the world, while Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark” is one of the most watched videos of all time and currently has 9.3 billion games.
It looks like the next upload by a South Korean musical act to hit a billion YouTube views will be Blackpink’s “How You Like That,” which has to be played less than 50 million times before adding another comma to the number the calls will be added. The band’s global hit could reach that goal later this year.