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BTS, Blackpink, Monsta X And Suga Helped Make 2020 A Historic Year For Korean Acts On The Pop Chart

2020 was a huge year for a number of Korean artists in America, as records were smashed and quite a few names reached charts they’d never appeared on before or hit special, noteworthy new highs. One such tally that experienced a surge in talents from South Korea is Billboard’s Pop Songs ranking, which tracks the most-heard songs on a number of top 40 stations across the U.S. every week. 

In 2020, four songs from as many South Korean musical acts reached the Pop Songs chart. That may not sound like a very impressive number, but it is more in a calendar year than ever before.

South Korean boy band Monsta X kicked things off right with their single “You Can’t Hold My Heart,” which didn’t go on to become a serious smash, but it was the first track by a group from the country to place on the Pop Songs chart in 2020. The tune stalled in last place, at No. 40, for one week in the spring before falling off.

It would be months before another song by a Korean band appeared on the Pop Songs radio chart, but once that spell was broken, history was made in a very important fashion.

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In the summer, BTS launched their single “Dynamite,” which went on to become their biggest hit yet in every respect. The disco-pop tune was sung entirely in English, which helped explain why it performed so well, and it slowly worked its way up the tally. The cut eventually peaked at No. 5, and it lived on the ranking for longer than any other piece of music by a Korean star.

Blackpink quickly followed BTS’s success with one of their own, as their single “Ice Cream” also became a real win on the Pop Songs chart in no time. The title, which featured Selena Gomez, lifted to No. 21, a lofty placement for a group who had previously never appeared on the tally.

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In the last few days of 2020 (on a chart dated in 2021, but published before the year wrapped), Suga became one of only two Korean solo musicians to reach the Pop Songs ranking. Known primarily as a member of BTS, Suga joined fellow pop artist MAX on the track “Blueberry Eyes,” which is still present on the list and which has thus far climbed to just No. 39. 

Before 2020, 2019 was the biggest year for South Korean acts on the Pop Songs chart, and before that, 2018 held that honor. In 2019, just three tracks from musicians from the Asian territory reached the list, but they were only from two names: BTS and Monsta X. The year prior, only a pair of cuts found their way on to the list, and both were by BTS. Before 2018, a very small number of tunes pushed by acts from that part of the world had appeared anywhere on the roster.

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