K-pop sensation BTS members along with BigHit Entertainment founder Bang Si-hyuk, center on the front row/Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment

K-pop rookie soars to No. 2 place

BTS was named the best K-pop boy band for June, according to the Korea Institute of Corporate Reputation that compiles related data including media attention and comments on social networking sites on a monthly basis.

Data collected from May 6 to June 7 showed BTS racked up 7.52 million points. It went down 25.37 percent from a month before but was high enough to keep the seven-piece group atop the table.

Came in at second was AB61X, a K-pop rookie that made its official debut in May. The five-member act, which was formed by Brandnew Music, got 4.35 million points to soar to the second place a month after its launch.

Exo, a Korean-Chinese boy band based in Seoul, received 3.56 million points to take the third slot followed by other boy groups like NCT and NU’EST followed.

Standing for new culture technology, NCT was formed by SM Entertainment. The new-concept group has an unlimited number of members divided into multiple sub-units based in various cities across the world.

“Regarding BTS, people talked about such issues as Wembley and Bang Si-hyuk. Up to 91.15 percent of comments on the band were positive,” said an official from the institute in Seoul.

BTS dropped its latest mini album “Map of the Soul: Persona” in April to break several records on YouTube, the world’s largest video-sharing site.

The septet, otherwise known as the Bangtan Boys, is now on a globe-trotting concert tour. After playing two sold-out concerts in Paris this week, the idol group is scheduled to move to Japan.

Earlier this month, BTS performed at London’s Wembley Stadium, which accommodated such legendary bands as The Beatles and Queen.

Nicknamed “The Beatles of the 21st century,” BTS gained headlines across the globe by rocking the iconic British concert venue.

BitHit Entertainment debuted BTS in 2013. Bang Si-hyuk founded the entertainment company.


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