BTS’s hiatus will end on Oct. 11, 2019 when the group performs in Saudi Arabia. They will perform in the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh. Tickets for the event go on sale on Sept. 11, 2019. For members of the BTS Global Official Fanclub, fans can enter a raffle to be selected for floor seats.
Big Hit Entertainment uses the raffle system for BTS’s concerts in South Korea
The raffle ticketing system is used for BTS’s concerts in South Korea. In August 2019, the co-CEO’s of Big Hit Entertainment, Bang Shi Hyuk and Yoon Seok Jun, announced they planned to use the lottery ticketing system for BTS’s international concerts. The concert in Riyadh will be the first international concert to use this ticketing process.
The lottery system helps dissuade scalpers, because ticket holders cannot resell tickets. To enter the venue, the name on the ticket must match the name on the ticket holder’s ID and fanclub membership card. This ensures that fans of BTS have access to the best seats at each concert before the general sale starts and scalpers purchase tickets.
How does the raffle system work?
To enter the raffle, fans must be members of the BTS Global Official Fanclub ARMY. Fanclub members have up to a certain date to enter the raffle using the Weply app. Raffle winners are then randomly selected and have the opportunity to pay for and reserve a ticket for the concert.
The raffle process for international concerts is slightly different than the system in South Korea. For the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself [The Final] concerts, all of the floor and first level seats were included in the raffle. Winners of the raffle can only reserve one ticket.
After the raffle period, fanclub members will have the opportunity later in September 2019 to take part in the Early Reservation and claim up to two seats in the venue. The general sale starts only after fanclub members have claimed tickets through the Fan Club Raffle and Early Reservation.
For the BTS concert in Saudi Arabia, only one section on the floor is part of the raffle. Raffle winners for the Riyadh concert can reserve up to four tickets and also receive access to the soundcheck package. There is no Early Reservation period, and any unclaimed raffle tickets are part of the general sale.
BTS fans seem optimistic about the raffle system
When Big Hit Entertainment announced it planned to incorporate the raffle system for international concerts, fans across the world were wary of the system. Some feared the raffle would make it more difficult for fans to attend a BTS concert. The raffle makes acquiring floor seats completely up to luck opposed to fans saving up money to pay the highest ticket price. Because the Fan Club Raffle is different for BTS’s concert in Saudi Arabia, international BTS fans are optimistic.
“u can reserve up to FOUR! why couldnt they do this for final 🙁 but the fact that its a much SMALLER section and not the entire floor means that weply raffle is gonna be extremely luck based, everyone has a better chance to get a ticket through general ticketing in this case jsj,” wrote a Twitter user.
“I’m just gonna assume the rules for Saudi Arabia will apply everywhere, and this isn’t bad at all! Up to four tickets per raffle winner – excellent. That’s what I was worried about. 🙂 And the Weply section is quite small, tbh, so plenty of tickets for everyone not in the FC…” a fan tweeted.
“They’re implementing the raffle already! Seems like the majority of tickets for SY Saudi will be sold on ticketmaster KSA. Only a small section of tickets (with soundcheck) will be available through weply raffle. Raffle winners can book up to 4 tickets. This seems very promising,” another wrote.
Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes are winning over their fans as the cutest couple around and, from hearing Cabello gush about her man, it’s clear that they had love for each other long before they started dating. It also seems they have the song “Señorita” to thank for bringing them together.
Cabello admits she loves Mendes
During an interview with E! News at Elle’s Women in Music event during Fashion Week, Cabello explained how she and Mendes have a solid relationship, sharing: “I love him with all my heart and always have. We’ve known each other for a really long time…”
She continued: “We’ve always been there for each other. I think we drifted because we weren’t hanging out as as much. It was fun to be able to reconnect and hang out again.”
Their work brought them together
Though they drifted apart, it was the song “Señorita” that got them together, though it didn’t happen immediately.
Cabello noted: “We went back and forth for eight monthsdeciding whether or not we were going to do the song together.”
In an interview with Elle, Cabello explained more about how the song took a while to get off the ground, as Mendes first discussed collaborating on the song but she didn’t want to do it at the time. She came around and wanted to work on it, but then Mendes didn’t. They finally got on the same page and their collaboration on the song was life-changing for both of them.
Love provides inspiration
Cabello also shared the impact of falling in love on her music, telling E! News: “I think falling in love is the ultimate artistic inspiration because it opens you up. Falling in love, for me, just brings out all of my vulnerabilities. All these things show up for me and it just makes you open.”
She explained, “When I am in love I listen to songs and I just cry. I cry easier. That must mean that I’m more open and more in touch with my emotions. All the spectrum of emotions… joy, fear, all of it.”
Cabello wants to maintain some privacy
Though they each have a huge fan base and there’s a great deal of interest in their relationship, Cabello shared how important it is to her to maintain as much privacy as possible.
She explained: ”I don’t know; people can say whatever they want to say. They can speculate, but at the same time, we are going to live our own lives, enjoy it, and fall for each other like nobody is watching. That is how I want to live. I never want to open the door for people to feel like they are involved. Like I said, I want it to be mine and [his]. That’s why I’m so tight-lipped about it: because I want to protect it…”
She continued: “Love is the most sacred, precious thing tome. I want to always feel like my love is between me and that person, and neverbelonging to anyone else. As much as I love my fans, and as much as I lovepeople, I like to live my life as normally as possible. In a relationship, itmakes me feel uncomfortable to invite everyone in on that.”
Carey Hart is raising his glass to wife Pink in honor of the star’s 40th birthday.
The motocross racer, 44, shared a special tribute to the pop star on Instagram Sunday, posting a sweet slideshow of photos that documented their nearly two decades together.
“Welcome to 40 baby. I’ve celebrated 18 birthdays with you, and I can say it’s amazing growing up with you. The person you have grown into is inspiring,” he captioned the post, listing accomplishments like parenthood, career success and philanthropy efforts.
Hart continued, “I’m so proud of the woman you have become, and you are more beautiful than ever. You truly are like wine. You just keep getting better, and I’m so lucky to be along on this crazy ride with you. I love you baby. Looking forward [to] many many more birthdays with you.”
The father of two wrapped his message with an adorable glimpse into the couple’s future.
“I can’t wait to see how nuts you and I are in our 80s 😂😂,” he wrote. “Enjoy your day.”
The pair, who tied the knot in 2006, are parents to daughter Willow Sage, 8, and son Jameson Moon, 2½.
Hart celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in January with a heartwarming message commemorating the milestone.
“Can’t believe it’s our 13th wedding anniversary. Who would have thought two misfits like us could pull it off!!!” he jokingly wrote in the caption.
“I’m very grateful for you, baby. We have created an amazing life and family together. I love you. #17YearsStrong,” he lovingly added including the years they were together before tying the knot in a hashtag.
Pink revealed in April that she and Hart, who briefly separated in 2008, have been in therapy for nearly their entire relationship.
“Carey and I have been in couples counseling almost our entire 17 years that we’ve been together,” she said on the Today show. “It’s the only reason we’re still together … We come from broken families, and we had no model for: How are we supposed to keep this family together and live this crazy life? And there’s no book that says, ‘Here’s how to do this.’ So we go to counseling, and it works.”
The three-time Grammy winner is currently on the road with her Beautiful Trauma tour, which kicked off in March and wraps in November.
In June, she shared a clip for the single “90 Days” that detailed just how emotionally taxing it is for her to be away from her family for so long.
Taylor Swift recently dropped her latest album, Lover, and fans are ecstatic about the great new hits. They’re also pretty excited about the glimpses into Swift’s personal life, which has been largely under wraps for several years. In fact, Swift is notoriously secretive about her three-year relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn. And recent interviews suggest that she won’t be opening up about it anytime soon.
Taylor Swift has faced relationship criticism in the past
While fans are quick to heap on the praise for Swift’s newest album and come to her defense when she was accused of stealing from other artists, Swift knows the flip side of fame can be pretty dark. In fact, she has faced some serious criticism for her relationships in the past.
Prior to her relationship with Alwyn, Swift was romantically linked to several famous men, and these relationships were often front-and-center in tabloids. Her past beaus include Joe Jonas, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhaal, Harry Styles, Calvin Harris, and Tom Hiddleston. Many of these relationships were short, lasting only a few months. It left Swift facing mockery about her inability to maintain a relationship, a reputation she addressed directly in her song “Blank Space.”
In that tune, she sang: “So it’s gonna be forever/ or it’s gonna go down in flames/ You can tell me when it’s over/ if the high was worth the pain/ Got a long list of ex-lovers/ They’ll tell you I’m insane/ Cause you know I love the players/ and you love the game.”
Taylor Swift intentionally keeps her current relationship out of the spotlight
While Swift has been dating Alwyn for three years, there are very few public appearances of the pair. Her recent interview with The Guardian proves that the privacy surrounding their love life is very intentional. She refused to answer any questions about Alwyn and said she doesn’t go around with him in public intentionally.
“I’ve learned that if I do, people think it’s up for discussion, and our relationship isn’t up for discussion,” she said. “If you and I were having a glass of wine right now, we’d be talking about it — but it’s just that it goes out into the world. That’s where the boundary is, and that’s where my life has become manageable. I really want to keep it feeling manageable.”
Fans turn to Taylor Swift’s songs for clues
Instead of getting the information about Swift’s relationship directly from her, fans are left to look for clues about her love life in her songs. The new album seems to be filled with them and has kept fans busy dissecting and interpreting. They think that “Cruel Summer” reveals that she started seeing Alwyn while she was still in a relationship with Hiddleston. They also believe that “London Boy” is pretty obviously an ode to her relationship with Alwyn.
Most telling of all, fans are convinced that “Lover” reveals that she and Alwyn are actually engaged. The song references “three summers,” which is almost certainly a nod to her three-year relationship. It then goes on to say that she is not content with only three summers and instead wants “them all.” Finally, the song hints at a wedding with the lyrics: “Ladies and gentlemen/ Will you please stand/ With every guitar string scar on my hand/ I take this magnetic force of a man/ To be my lover.”
Whether Swift has finally found her happily ever after or not remains to be seen, but it appears that she will continue to only let little slivers of her personal life come out through her songs rather than live out her relationship in the public eye. Fans will just have to keep listening closely if they want to learn more.
They’re talented, they’re successful, they’ve made fortunes and reputations for musical brilliance, and they have an Ivy League education to boot. These hit-makers and record breakers are serious smarty pants, and have attended some of the most prestigious institutions in the United States. Ivy League schools are notoriously challenging to gain admission to. With acceptances rates as low as 4.5%, walking the hallowed halls of these New England schools is no easy feat.
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These musicians beat the odds twice— once to get into a super tough university, and again to make their mark on the music industry. Check out this list of musicians who went to Ivy League schools.
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10 Lauryn Hill, Columbia University
Lauryn Hill released her first solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, in 1998 to critical and popular acclaim. Before the songstress and rapper was making hits and setting industry standards, Hill was a Columbia undergraduate. A straight-A student throughout high-school, Hill received a scholarship to this New York Ivy League institution.
At Columbia, Hill took classical music courses, and was on her way to history major when she and her Fugee’s bandmates’ album, The Score, was released. She decided to drop out in 1996 to focus on music— after all, why get a degree when you’ve sold $17 million worth of records?
9 John Legend, University of Pennsylvania
John Legend is known for his silky smooth tenor, skillful piano playing, heartfelt hits like “All of Me,” and for having one of the most gorgeous families in Hollywood. However, he’s also a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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The Salutatorian of his high school, Legend had his pick of universities to attend. He fielded scholarships from Georgetown University, Morehouse University, and Harvard University before deciding to attend UPenn. This nine-time Grammy winner and Oscar recipient is an active alumnus of his alma mater and returned in 2014 to deliver the Commencement speech.
8 Vampire Weekend, Columbia University
Not just one, but all four members of Vampire Weekend attended Columbia University. In fact, the Grammy-winning indie rock band met as undergraduates at Columbia, and preformed for the first time in 2006 at the New York Ivy League’s student union. Two years later, the fresh-faced graduates were named “The Year’s Best Band” by Spin magazine and were gracing covers all over the United States.
Ezra Koenig, the band’s lead vocalist and songwriter, apparently had a pretty good experience. References to Columbia crop up often in Vampire Weekend’s songs. How’s that for school spirit?
7 Hilary Duff, Harvard Extension School
In 2005, Hilary Duff enrolled in Harvard Extension School, a segment of Harvard University that offers students of all ages courses that can be accessed without a selective admissions process. Duff took online classes from departments such as environmental science, government, and sociology.
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In the process, she also drew some ire and condescension from members of Harvard College. Still, the teen sensation holds a diploma (of sorts) from Harvard, and was able to continue her education online while balancing a packed schedule!
6 Alicia Keys, Columbia University
Alicia Keys was signed by Columbia Records at only 15 years old. One year later, the straight A-Student, and future “Girl On Fire” songstress, graduated valedictorian from high school and went to study at Columbia University.
However, Key decided to drop out of school after only a month to pursue music full time. Now the multitalented and super-smart Alicia Keys is a 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/producer, an accomplished actress, a NY Times best-selling author, and an entrepreneur.
5 Tyra Banks, Harvard Business School
Ok– Tyra Banks’ music career was a bit of a flop, but this top model and host of America’s Next Top Model did try her luck as a recording artist. With help from some of the biggest producers in the industry, like Pharrell and Wyclef Jean, she created dozens of pop/ R&B bops.
The one hitch that stopped her from singer stardom? According to Tyra Banks, she just didn’t have the vocal chops to pull it off. Still, Banks has completed lots of ventures. Banks went to Harvard Business school to brush up on her skills before the anticipated opening of a model-themed amusement park in late 2019.
4 Art Garfunkel, Columbia University
Art Garfunkel, one half of the iconic American folk rock duo, Simon & Garfunkel, holds a degree from Columbia University. After Simon & Garfunkel’s initial lukewarm reception in the music industry, Garfunkel went to Columbia. There, he studied Architecture before changing to Art History.
Simon & Garfunkel went on to become one of the biggest bands of the 60s. Garfunkel has also had success as a solo artist and actor. From both his solo work, and his work as Simon & Garfunkel, Garfunkel has racked up eight Grammys, including a lifetime achievement.
3 Huey Lewis, Cornell University
The multitalented Huey Lewis writes songs for his band Huey Lewis and the News, is their lead singer, and plays harmonica. Huey Lewis and the News released a series of hits in the 1980s and 90s, including 19 number 1 singles.
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Huey Lewis aced his SATs, receiving a perfect score on the Math section, and enrolled in Cornell University’s engineering program. However, Lewis dropped out of the Ivy League institution to pursue a career in music.
2 Vanessa Carlton, Columbia University
The singer of the iconic hit “A Thousand Miles” also spent time on the campus of Columbia University! However, like many other musicians on this list, Carlton didn’t wind up with a Columbia degree.
In the early 2000s, Carlton chased fame by singing in bars across New York City, and dropped out of Columbia to wait tables while she tried for her big break.
1 Hoodie Allen, University of Pennsylvania
Hoodie Allen, the rapper, singer, and songwriter behind chart-topping rap albums, is a UPenn alum. Allen kept busy during his years as an Ivy League undergraduate. He was a member of the football team, a fraternity brother, and majored in finance and marketing.
Allen not only graduated from the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, but secured a job at Google before deciding to focus his efforts on breaking into rap.
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YouTube has gone from a platform where people would simply just post funny videos of their cats falling over, simply for the fun of it, to a place where legitimate jobs are created and uploads are now scheduled and serious.
There is now something for everyone on YouTube, whether it is serious news and politics, gaming videos, daily vlogs, or videos for children, but don’t worry, the hilarious cat videos still certainly have a platform.
YouTube is now a place where you can not only make some money, but it is actually a genuine place to earn millions, with some YouTubers becoming incredibly rich from the social media platform, and within this article, we shall rank the 10 richest YouTubers of all-time.
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10 Phillip DeFranco – $6 Million
Phillip DeFranco was one of the original names on YouTube who burst onto the scene and helped grow the platform to what it is today with his entertaining, yet informative videos breaking down the latest news.
DeFranco has grown his platform to the point where he now earns $100,000 on a monthly basis with a net worth of $6 million, purely from uploading content onto YouTube on a regular basis.
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With more than 2 billion views across his channel, DeFranco is one of the most popular YouTubers of all time and is someone who remains incredibly popular, despite how the platform has grown since he began.
9 Logan Paul – $14 Million
Logan Paul is a very popular vlogger on YouTube who has grown himself at a rapid rate with a net worth of $14 million, which has come through his work on YouTube showing his journey as he travels the world.
Paul was involved in a major controversy last year after uploading a video of a dead body that was found, which led to his account being demonetised for a little while, but that hasn’t stopped him from continuing to grow his channel.
After his successful boxing match with Britsh YouTube KSI became a sell-out in the Manchester Arena, there is now talk of a rematch taking place with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn being interested in promoting it, which will increase his finances.
8 Jacksepticeye – $16 Million
Jacksepticeye is a YouTuber from Ireland who has become incredibly popular, with his content being primarily based on video games, commentating over different games as he plays.
With over 21 million subscribers and 10.4 billion views across his channel, it is quite easy to see why he has become one of the richest YouTubers in history, with a net worth of $16 million.
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His channel has earned more than $30 million in revenue though, bringing in around $300,000 a month on average, and given that he typically produces two videos per day, he isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
7 Dude Perfect – $20 Million
Dude Perfect is a YouTube channel is a sports-focused channel that is ran by a five-man group, all of whom became friends when attending the Texas A&M University, deciding to create the channel together.
The content sees them creating unbelievable trick shots or stunts that have become incredibly popular with their content getting shared all over the world on various social media platforms.
Their popularity has grown and grown with a net worth of $20 million, they now also have iPhone games and a product line with Nerf, all of which help to keep their brand growing.
6 Shaytards – $25 Million
The Shaytards family consists of Shay Butler, Collette Butler and their children, with the channel originally starting from just the Shay Carl channel, things quickly exploded as they became one of the most popular channels on YouTube.
The Shaytards was one of the original accounts to notice that there was money to be made from YouTube and they quickly capitalised, which is why they now have a net worth of $25 million.
Shay Carl was a major part of Maker Studios as a co-founder, which ended up being sold to Disney for $500 million, which rose to $950, which helped fund Shay Carl’s next business, where he opened his own clothing company, Trixin.
5 DanTDM – $20 Million
Daniel Middleton, whose YouTube channel is known as DanTDM, has grown himself one of the most popular YouTube channels in the world, helping him gain a net worth of $20 million.
His video game content is a major hit, with Middleton primarily being known for streaming Minecraft related content, although he has also managed to sell out four shows at the Sydney Opera House as part of a world tour.
Recently Dan has also branched out into Hollywood as he landed the role of eBoy in the hit Disney movie, Ralph Breaks The Internet, with Disney clearly wanting well known YouTube personalities involved.
4 Ryan ToysReview – $18 Million
YouTube is a platform for everybody, and that includes children, as the Ryan Toy Review channel proves, with Ryan only being 7-years-old, with the youngster hosting one of the most popular channels on YouTube.
Ryan’s toy reviews began being documented by his parents in March 2015 and the channel has now grown to have over 18 million subscribers, and while it isn’t the biggest subscriber count, he is earning an incredible sum of money.
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After partnering with Bonkers Toys to create a new line of toys featuring YouTube stars, his toy line was the first to be released in a partnership with Walmart and after earning $22 million last year, he is set for a huge future.
3 Fine Bros – $30 Million
Although they have to split their money between them, making it slightly less profitable than some of the other examples on this list, the Fine Bros still have a net worth of $30 million and an incredibly successful business model.
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The pair originally began uploading content through MySpace, but quickly made the leap to YouTube when the platform began to gain traction, with their ‘React’ videos being amongst the most popular on YouTube.
Whether it is Teens, Elders, or even celebrity guests reacting, the videos are always hilarious to watch with the opinions always being varied, with good-hearted humor at the core.
2 PewDiePie – $30 Million
At one time, PewDiePie was without a doubt, the most successful YouTuber in the world, with his video game content being loved by millions around the world, as he rose to dominance on the platform.
This helped him grow and gain a net worth of $30 million, and he boasts one of the highest subscriber counts of any account on YouTube, with an incredibly impressive 92 million!
However, after being accused of racism and antisemitism in his videos, he has lost a lot of sponsorships and did frustrate many of his fans, although he seems to have settled things down now.
1 Jeffree Star – $50 Million
Jeffree Star has always had a firm grip of social media, originally getting his start on MySpace in 2006 where he was the most followed person on the social media platform, he has since become a huge sensation on YouTube
With a net worth of $50 million, Jeffree Star has been able to breakthrough from just being a YouTuber, having his own makeup company, Jeffree Star Cosmetics, which has become incredibly popular in its own right.
As well as that he has released an album with a song that features Nicki Minaj, while also appearing in several Good Charlotte music videos as Jeffree Star continues to become on of the biggest names on the planet.
BTS released Map of the Soul: Persona on April 12, 2019. The EP features seven tracks including the group’s hit single, “Boy With Luv.” Since releasing the album, BTS won two Billboard Music Awards, sold out stadiums across the world including Wembley Stadium, and performed on Saturday Night Live. In under five months, Map of the Soul: Persona sold over 4 million copies worldwide.
BTS is the first artist to achieve this accomplishment in 2019
Map of the Soul: Persona reaching 4 million in worldwide sales is no small feat. BTS is the first artist to achieve this in 2019 even though the EP was only released in April. Map of the Soul: Persona is also only an EP or extended play, meaning it does not have enough tracks to be considered a full-fledged album or LP.
The songs on Map of the Soul: Persona are also sung almost entirely in Korean. With this, BTS effectively proved everyone who thought they needed to sing in English in order to be more popular outside of South Korea wrong. They showed that they can achieve worldwide recognition without caving to Western music standards.
BTS also achieved this sales milestone without packaging Map of the Soul: Persona as a bundle. This means BTS did not pair any merchandise or ticket sales with the purchase of the EP and the 4 million sales are completely organic. The weight of this accomplishment did not go unnoticed by BTS fans.
“They are the 1st to sell 4M album WW in 2019. An album without r*adio play support, no bundles, media play, and a Korean EP with 7 songs sung mostly in Korean did that. Proud is an understatement! Congratulations @BTS_twt for staying true to whom you’re! #Persona4Million,” wrote a fan on Twitter.
‘Map of the Soul: Persona’ is the best-selling album in South Korean history
In June 2019, Map of the Soul: Persona became the best-selling album in South Korean history. The record was previously held by Kim Gun-mo. According to Guinness World Records, Map of the Soul: Persona “sold 3,229,032 copies in its first month.”
At the end of August 2019, the EP was just 10,000 copies away from hitting the 4 million mark. That same month, the Recording Industry Association of America gave the album a gold certification. Map of the Soul: Persona is BTS’s second album to be certified gold by the RIAA. Their album Love Yourself: Answer received the same certification and became the first Korean album in history to go gold.
“Boy With Luv” from Map of the Soul: Persona received a platinum certification from the RIAA. The music video for the song has over 538 million views on YouTube. BTS’s single “Mic Drop” is also certified platinum while “Idol,” “DNA,” and “Fake Love” are certified gold.
Members of BTS ARMY are proud of the group
When it was announced Map of the Soul: Persona reached 4,010,000 copies in worldwide sales on Sept. 5, 2019, BTS fans celebrated. ARMY took to Twitter to express their excitement with the hashtag #Persona4million.
“Persona sold more than 4 million copies worldwide in LESS THAN FIVE MONTHS. Who’s doing it like BTS #[email protected]_twt,” wrote a fan on Twitter.
In comparison, Ariana Grande released her album thank u, next on Feb. 8, 2019. To date, the album sold 2,846,000 copies worldwide. The Jonas Brothers released their album Happiness Begins on June 7, 2019 and sold 914,000 copies worldwide.
“An album where a majority of the lyrics are sung in Korean just did that. #Persona4Million,” a fan tweeted.
“Imagine being so powerful you do this with an EP. #Persona4million,” another tweeted.
“a five month old album is the first and only album to reach 4 million sales in 2019 and that my friends is what i call hard work and success #Persona4Million,” wrote a Twitter user.