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(LEAD) BTS shoots to No. 1 on iTunes charts in record 73 countries

All Headlines 17:28 September 19, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES details of music video views in penultimate para)

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korean boy band BTS hit number one on iTunes album charts in 73 countries around the world with its latest record "Love Yourself: Her" on Tuesday, its management agency said.

According to Big Hit Entertainment, the new EP album topped iTunes album charts in 73 countries, including the United States, Britain, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada and Japan as of 8 a.m., about 14 hours after its release. The number is the largest for a South Korean act.

The title track "DNA" landed at No. 1 on iTunes' top songs charts for 29 countries, such as Norway, Sweden, Hungary, Brazil, Chile and Thailand.

In South Korea, the song currently sits at No. 2 on most local online music charts after IU's "Autumn Morning."

Preorders for the new BTS album reached 1.12 million copies Monday, nearly doubling from the 700,000 for the band's last album "You Never Walk Alone," which was released in February. The actual figure is expected to be higher when factoring in overseas orders.

The music video for "DNA" also surpassed 20 million views on YouTube in less than 24 hours, becoming the fastest K-pop video to break the milestone on the global video streaming service.

BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond The Scene, are scheduled to hold their first performance of the new songs during an Mnet show to be broadcast live worldwide Thursday.

This photo released by Bit Hit Entertainment shows BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond The Scene. (Yonhap)


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