The Billboard Charts are a big indicator of which music is popular in the United States. Every summer, music fans get curious about which album and song will top the charts and thus be played endlessly at playdates and parties. This year, an unusual contender has reached the top. Korean pop band BTS—also known as the Bangtan Boys—is the first Korean group to open at the number one spot on the Top 100 list. In fact, this is the first time an album that is not in English is dominating the charts!
How do albums and songs get dubbed the most popular? Behind those rankings are numbers that show how many times a song or album has been played on radio stations, how many times they have been streamed by fans, and how many people have bought them online and in stores.
Have you heard BTS’s new album? What do you think the most popular song for this summer should be?