BTS members perform at London's Wembley Stadium. Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment

Billboard says K-pop act sold more than half million tickets in 6 weeks

K-pop colossus BTS finished its “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” concert tour this month to confirm that the seven-piece boy band is one of the most popular musical acts across the world.

Plus, the stadium tour proved to be very lucrative as the septet sold more than 600,000 tickets between May 4 and June 9 to earn $78.9 million, according to Billboard.

Over the six weeks, the idol group performed at three U.S. cities of Pasadena, Chicago, and New Jersey as well as Sao Paulo, London, and Paris to make its fans go wild.

The results were staggering, as the South Korean megastars grossed $44 million from six shows, selling 299,770 tickets according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore,” it said.

Followed by stadium dates in Sao Paolo, London, and Paris, they added $35 million to the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Tour total for a combined $78.9 million and 606,409 tickets.”

It added that the U.S. figures are groundbreaking.

Their double-header at the Rose Bowl (Pasadena) earned $16.6 million, making it the single highest-grossing engagement in the venue’s Boxscore history, outpacing previous high marks by Taylor Swift and U2,” Billboard said.

Their shows in Chicago and New Jersey rank among the top five-grossing engagements for Soldier Field and MetLife Stadium, respectively.”

BTS, otherwise known as the Bangtan Boys, went through the globe-trotting tour as a follow-up to its latest studio album “Map of the Soul: Persona,” which was released this April.

The band plans to continue to tour in Asia. Early next year, it will play at the Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka, Japan.

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