K-pop boy band BTS' megahit song "Butter" bounced back to Number-one on this week's Billboard singles chart, claiming the top spot for a tenth non-consecutive week following the release of its new remix with Megan Thee Stallion.
Stray Kids' Noeasy launched at number-five on the World Albums ranking, and last week, they filled seven spots on the World Digital Song Sales chart, which only features 25. Stray Kids' new single "Thunderous" came at No. 3.
Boy band Tomorrow-by-Together returned to the Billboard 200 chart this week at No. 8 with its second album "The Chaos Chapter: Freeze." The album debuted at No. 5 and stayed on the chart for nine consecutive weeks.
Why are South Korean K-pop bands doing exceptionally well on foreign music charts?
That's our topic for news-indepth tonight with music critic Youngdae Kim in the studio. Great to have you.
What's the reason behind Butter's popularity and what is the driving force of the BTS fervor?
How much longer do you think BTS will enjoy their popularity?
And which band do you think is likely to become the next BTS?
Stray Kids and Tomorrow-by-Together are some newest entrants in the K-pop scene.
They're receiving rave reactions from the global audience.
How do you project the future of these new idol groups? Do you think they can be as sensational as BTS?
September is an exciting month for K-pop fans as a slew of new releases are expected to come out this month. Can you tell K-pop fans what they're in for?
(Blackpink's Lisa is putting out her first solo album "Lalisa," while K-pop couple HyunA and Dawn are returning as a duo today. Ateez releases the third album in their series, and NCT 127 will be coming back with "Sticker" to be released next week.)
The Chinese government is cracking down on K-pop fandom to restrict K-pop fans' star-chasing activities.
It suspended 22 K-pop accounts on Chinese social media site Weibo including the BTS fan club.
How do you think this will impact the popularity of K-pop overseas?
Alright. Music critic Youngdae Kim thank you for insights tonight. We appreciate it.