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K-pop band claims top-grossing tour

Which musicians claim the highest-grossing tours in the world? Billboard, a U.S. entertainment media, come up with the results every month with its boxscore recap.

And for this May, K-pop megastar BTS was second to none. The seven-member boy band defeated such big-name artists as Metallica, Spice Girls, and Ariana Grande to take the top spot.

Billboard said that the boy group grossed $51.7 million and sold some 385,000 tickets through eight sold-out performances in three U.S. cities and Brazil’s Sao Paulo.

Metallica came in at the second place with $28.6 million with five shows followed by P!nk with $24.8 million, Spice Girls with $23.6 million, and Ariana Grande with $19.9 million.

Five years after its first hometown show in Seoul, BTS has completed its worldwide domination,” Billboard noted. Seoul-based agency BigHit Entertainment debuted the septet in 2013.

BTS, otherwise known as the Bangtan Boys, dropped its fourth studio album “Map of the Soul: Persona” midway through this April and started a globe-trotting concert tour the next month.

Throughout this May, the idol group played eight shows in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Sao Paolo before heading toward London and Paris in June.

The show in Los Angeles topped the boxscore for individual event while those in New York and Chicago took the second place and the fourth place, respectively.

BTS was not the only K-pop act in the list as BlackPink was placed at No. 29. The four-piece girl group also released its album “Kill This Love” early April and performed in London and Berlin to earn $3.6 million in May.

After finishing its stadium tour, BTS plans to play in Japan next month.

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