“A Scorching 100 and a Grammy nomination, these are our targets,” he continued. “However they’re simply targets—we do not wish to change our id or our genuineness to get the primary. Like if we immediately sing in full English, and alter all these different issues, then that is not BTS. We’ll do all the pieces, we’ll strive. But when we could not get primary or quantity 5, that is OK.”

OK? Perhaps. Unlikely? Undoubtedly. 

“We now have to contemplate ourselves not simply higher [than other K-pop acts], however the most effective,” RM advised The Hollywood Reporter when the band graced the duvet in October 2019. “After we’re on the market on that stage, we’re there to overcome. We expect we are the ones.”

With Ok-pop’s reputation solely additional surging Stateside—woman group BLACKPINK achieved a primary of their very own with a Coachella set in 2019—and album Map of the Soul: 7 earning more than 3 million preorders throughout the first week it was introduced in January 2020, the sky appeared to be the restrict for the group on the forefront of this current leg of Hallyu, or the Korean Wave.

So a Scorching 100 No. 1? It was solely a matter of time.

And when the group dropped “Dynamite”—a standalone single previous their most up-to-date album, Be, and their first sung fully in English—in August, they acquired their want. The monitor debuted at No. 1 on the Scorching 100 the place it stayed for a complete of three weeks, making them the primary South Korean to high the chart. 

By the point Be dropped in November, debuting as their fifth No. 1 album and delivering them one other No. 1 hit single (“Life Goes On”), BTS crossed one other achievement off their checklist when “Dynamite” was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance on the 2021 Grammys. The nod made them the primary Korean pop act to be acknowledged by the Recording Academy.

As RM said in an interview with Esquire launched a day earlier than the nominations have been introduced, “I feel the Grammys are the final half, like the ultimate a part of the entire American journey.”

With all eyes on the March 14 ceremony to see if they arrive out victorious, there isn’t any denying that they are already winners many instances over. As for the place they go subsequent, nicely, we will not wait to seek out out.

(This story was initially revealed on April 12, 2019 at 3 a.m. PT.)