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BTS sets new record on Oricon Weekly Chart with 'Blood, Sweat & Tears' single

By Louise Bonquin | May 17, 2017 07:57 AM EDT
BTS in attendance during the 24th Seoul Music Award.
(Photo : Getty Images/Chung Sung Jun) BTS in attendance during the 24th Seoul Music Award.

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, secured first place ranking on Oricon's weekly chart after selling about 238,795 copies of "Blood, Sweat & Tears" single, the group's new Japanese release. This single was issued on May 10.

Since the single was released not long ago, barely a week old, the sale record gave BTS another feat as the fastest foreign group to achieve weekly sales of more than 200,000 copies. Moreover, it has only been 2 years and 11 months since the team debuted in Japan.

As translated by Soompi, Oricon Style stated, "This is the shortest amount of time any overseas artist has taken since their Japanese debut to break weekly single sales of 200,000 copies."

It was added that this is also BTS' second time in ranking no. 1 on Oricon's weekly single chart. The group previously ranked no. 1 on the same music chart with their 4th Japanese single "For You" in June 2015.

The "Blood, Sweat & Tears" is the Korean boy group's seventh Japanese single in almost three years. They debuted in Japan with the local version of "No More Dream" in June 2014.

In a related news, Asiastarz reported that BTS also previously topped the Billboard's Twitter Top Tracks chart, beating out Harry Style's "Sweet Creature" and Niall Horan's "Slow Hands." The Hallyu wave stars placed first with the track "Not Today."

Meanwhile, BTS has been confirmed to attend the 2017 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 21. The boy group was invited to the event on May 9 and they immediately accepted the invitation to the prestigious music awards ceremony.

As expected, BTS is a nominee for the "Top Social Media Artist" category and they will be competing for the award against famous international singers including Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes.

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