BTS Accounts for Nearly 1/3 of All U.S. K-Pop Sales & Streams: Their Domination, By the Numbers

BTS members’ decision to take time off for solo projects is bound to shake up K-pop music consumption in the U.S. because of the group’s dominance in the genre. And the band’s label, Big Hit Music — a division of HYBE, which Universal Music Group’s Geffen Records has distributed in the U.S. since last year — will have a tough time filling the hole.

Since the beginning of 2021, BTS has accounted for 29.4% of sales and on-demand streams of K-pop music in the U.S., according to a Billboard analysis of Luminate data. Over that time, BTS did not release a new studio album but put out two “best of” collections — BTS, the Best in June 2021 and Proof on June 10, 2022. BTS also released multiple variations of the tracks “Butter” (including a remix with Megan Thee Stallion), “My Universe” and “Permission to Dance.”

BTS accounted for 3.6 million album equivalent units since 2021 (through June 9), more than four times the next K-pop group when considering streams and purchases of digital and physical formats.

Another Big Hit artist, Tomorrow X Together, was second in total consumption with 795,000 album equivalent units. Two artists from competing Korean music company JYP Entertainment, TWICE and Stray Kids (both distributed by Republic Records in the U.S.), were third and fourth with 763,000 units and 655,000 units, respectively. BLACKPINK, from another competitor, SM Entertainment (distributed by Interscope Records in the U.S.), ranked fifth with 569,000 album equivalent units.

As a group, BTS has accounted for 2.56 billion U.S. on-demand audio streams since 2021. That gave BTS a 27.7% share of K-pop’s 9.26 billion U.S. on-demand audio streams during the period. TWICE was far behind with 548 million streams.

BTS is likely to put up strong streaming numbers in the near future. The band just released its anthology album, Proof on June 10, and these days tracks can maintain their popularity on streaming platforms through repeat listens on editorial and user-generated playlists.

Sales activity does not have the longevity of streaming, however, which means album and track sales are more dependent on new releases. BTS has accounted for 29.1% of K-pop physical album sales since 2021 and an incredible 72.3% of K-pop digital track sales. The group’s dominance in track sales stems from the band’s fans, known as BTS ARMY. As Billboard reported in 2021, BTS fans are known to coordinate digital buying to influence the band’s chart performance. Since the beginning of 2021, BTS has sold 3.1 million tracks in the U.S. The other top-five K-pop acts have each sold fewer than 100,000 over that span.

Also notable: In 2021, BTS sold more albums on CD in the U.S. than any other artist, with 1.03 million copies sold, representing 2.5% of total CD album sales in the U.S. across all genres of music. The group’s total share of the U.S. album sales market in 2021, across all formats (CD, digital download, vinyl LPs and other formats) was 1%.

Hailey Bieber Says Hannah Montana Used to Be Her Fashion Inspiration

Hailey Bieber may be one of today’s biggest inspirations for fashion lovers, but her favorite style icon is surprising.

During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night (June 15), the talk show host asked the model how she got into fashion, as she began her modeling career at just 17 years old.

“I definitely always looked at my mom’s style and admired it, and always felt like she was passionate about clothing and fashion,” Hailey shared. “But I would definitely say I was inspired in the modeling space from the greats: Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell.”

Fallon then mentioned that Bieber once said that she was inspired by Miley Cyrus’ Disney Channel character, Hannah Montana. “Yeah, technically, I was also very fashion inspired at the time by Hanna Montana, a.k.a. Miley Cyrus,” Bieber replied with a laugh. “She used to wear outfits on Hannah Montana that I would try to recreate because I thought they were just everything.”

The interview comes following the release of Bieber’s new skincare line, Rhode, which is both her and her mother’s middle names. “It was just always something I felt very passionate about,” she shared of her skincare journey. “I was always someone who, and still am to this day, very committed to a routine. I’m a very regimented person who is very OCD about a skincare routine. I just felt like over the last almost 10 years of working in this industry, I was really able to develop my beauty philosophy and I got to a point where I was like, ‘I want to make a curated, edited line of essentials that could work for anyone.'”

Watch the full conversation below.

‘Father of the Bride’: How to Watch the Comedy Remake for Free

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Gloria Estefan and Andy Garcia star as a married couple whose daughter surprises them with plans to marry her fiancé in Father of the Bride. The rom-com remake arrived on HBO Max on Thursday (June 16).

Directed by Gaz Alazraki, Father of the Bride centers on a Cuban-American family’s unbreakable bond and “illustrates the surprising and funny ways the heart can adapt in the name of love,” per Warner Media.

Garcia plays Billy Herrera, the patriarch of the Herrera family who is coming to terms with his daughter’s upcoming wedding. Meanwhile, Billy and his wife, Ingrid (Estefan) are on the brink of divorce.

The latest edition of Father of the Bride is the third remake behind the 1991 film starring Steve Martin and Dianne Keaton and the original 1951 film starring Spencer Tracy and Elizabeth Taylor. Father of the Bride is adapted from a 1949 novel of the same name.

Read on for directions on how to stream the movie on HBO Max for free.

How to Watch Father of the Bride on HBO Max

Father of the Bride is streaming exclusively on HBO Max. Those who already have HBO through cable can receive free access to HBO Max (click here for more details). If you don’t have cable, there are at least a couple of ways to land a free trial and stream Father of the Bride at no charge.

A subscription to HBO Max starts at $9.99 a month (or $99.99 a year) for the ad-supported plan, and 14.99 a month ($149.99 a year) to watch without commercials. The more expensive subscription also allows users to download up to 30 programs to watch-on the go and stream certain content in 4K UHD.

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Unfortunately, HBO Max does not offer free trial, but the platform does provide episodes that you can watch free of charge. To land a free trial you will need to go through a third party. For example, AT&T customers can receive free HBO Max with select unlimited plans. HBO Max is also free with select Crickett Wireless plans. Direct TV Stream customers will get up to three months free HBO Max with certain streaming packages, and Hulu offers HBO Max as a premium channel ad-on.

HBO Max is certainly one of the best streaming platforms out there. The platform is packed with exclusive originals, hit movies, TV episodes, family-friendly programs and lots more. The mega-roster of HBO and HBO Max exclusives include Starstruck, Legendary, The Staircase, The Flight Attendant, Minx, Somebody Somewhere, Love Life, Succession, A Black Lady Sketch Show, The Gilded Age, Winning Time, Euphoria, Hacks, The Peacemaker, Gossip Girl, The Sex Lives of College Girls, Insecure, The White Lotus, And Just Like That, and Mare of Easttown.

You will also find a great selection of movies streaming on HBO Max including The Batman, The French Dispatch, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of DumbledoreWest Side Story, Death on the Nile, Halloween Kills, and Dune.

Harry Styles Stops Concert to Find His ‘First-Ever School Teacher’ in the Crowd

Harry Styles may have been performing in front of 26,000 people at Emirates Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England, on Thursday night (June 16), but there was one attendee in particular that meant a lot to him.

In a video taken by concertgoer @goodiesbyjenny on TikTok and uploaded by CBS News, Styles is seen onstage, pausing his performance to ask the crowd for a favor. “I’d like to try and find someone in the audience,” he explains. “So, we’re going to get really quiet, and I’m going to see if I can locate this person, if you don’t mind helping me.”

“My first-ever school teacher is here tonight,” he continues, met by cheers from the crowd. “Her name’s Mrs. Vernon, and I believe she is in the crowd. We’re going to try and find her. If Mrs. Vernon is here. Are you here?”

After a bit of searching, Styles spots his former teacher and shouts “Mrs. Vernon!” before falling to his knees while smiling. “How are you? I heard you’re retiring. I’d just like to thank you for everything in those formative years. Thank you so much. It means a lot to me that you’re here tonight.”

Watch the sweet video below. The “As It Was” singer is currently on the European leg of his Love on Tour, which kicked off on June 11 with a show at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.

Gilles Godard Named President of Anthem Nashville Music Publishing

Gilles Godard has been named president of Anthem Nashville Music Publishing, the company announced Thursday (June 16). He will replace Tim Wipperman, who is leaving the company at the end of the month.

Godard, who joined Anthem in 2006, had most recently been senior vp of publishing, a global position. Gilles was instrumental in acquiring the Jody Williams catalog containing several Taylor Swift and Liz Rose copyrights. Last year, he and the Nashville team oversaw Anthem’s acquisition of Kelly Archer’s catalog. Archer, who had been an Anthem writer since 2008, co-wrote No. 1s “After a Few” by Travis Denning and “Somebody Else Will” by Justin Moore, among others.

The move comes as Anthem, a Canadian music company backed by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, remains up for sale. Sources told Billboard in March that investment bank Moelis & Co. is shopping the deal and seeking minimum bids of about $600 million. Anthem Entertainment operates in New York, Los Angeles, London, Nashville, Belfast and Toronto.

“Gilles is a true creative at heart and he has spent the last several years working with me, the global business team, our talent, and society partners making him a great fit for the new role,” said Anthem Entertainment CEO Helen Murphy in a statement. “I believe we have one of the best creative teams in all of country music and I am excited to see Gilles take Anthem Nashville Music Publishing to new heights.”

Godard added, “I am honored to be appointed President of Anthem Nashville Music Publishing and I look forward to working with our CEO Helen Murphy and our amazing team and roster of world class writers. I believe that our job as publishers is to provide the best opportunities for our writers and to ensure that the hits they write are heard around the world. As I like to say, the future always exceeds the past, and here’s to a great future!”

Wipperman is expected to announce his new plans shortly.