Timeline of K-pop at Billboard

Current Billboard logo, introduced 2013.

Billboard K-Town is an online magazine column, presented by Billboard on its Billboard.com site, that reports on K-pop music; artists, concerts, chart information and news events.[1][2]

This is a timeline of K-pop history as recorded by Billboard and Billboard K-Town.

BoA performing at San Francisco Pride, June 28, 2009, was the first K-pop artist to chart on the Billboard 200 with her album BoA, chart dated April 4, 2009.

Legend[]

Type codes
T Event type
B Billboard picks
C Concert events
CH Chart information
F Fan picks
IN Industry news
K K-Town column launched
MT Movie or television related
SK South Korea based
O Other

2000[]

T M D Event Details
IN Mar 25 K-pop Concert Promoters Association formed A 50-member trade body and lobby group established to modernize the local concert industry, no longer a "mom-and-pop shop", according to its first president, Lee Jong-hyeon of promoter Live Entertainment.[3]
IN Nov 18 1st licensing deal between South Korean and Japanese record labels S.M. Entertainment, home of K-pop artists H.O.T., S.E.S. and others, with Japan's biggest independent label Avex Trax, as South Korean government starts lifting ban on Japanese pop music (as of June 2000, restrictions on recording sales, with no Japanese lyrics, had been lifted).[4]

2001[]

T M D Event Details
IN Jun Channel V Korea launched A 24-hour music video channel, jointly owned by Hong Kong-based Asian TV network Channel V and South Korean record label DoReMi; a time of increased regional popularity for Korean pop and hip-hop groups in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.[5]
IN Jul 1 MTV Korea launched A 24-hour MTV channel in South Korea, Asia's second-biggest music market; with Korean pop a priority, as local consumers were purchasing it at nearly four times the rate of international pop.[6]

2002[]

T M D Event Details
IN Dec 28 South Korean music industry investigation Allegations included bribery and corruption, specifically chart fixing, payola and "inappropriate" talent lobbying. Popular artists by this time include Shinhwa, H.O.T. and BoA.[7]

2003[]

T M D Event Details
IN Feb 8 Declining album sales

S.M. Entertainment and the Recording Industry Association of Korea (RIAK) cite industry file sharing as a problem, while some industry insiders and fans account it to a stale product. After H.O.T.'s break-up, its splinter members, Kangta, Moon Hee-joon and jtL remained popular.[8]

SK May 17 Major Seoul concert against music piracy Olympic Park concert called "F*", standing for "Freedom, Fever and Future", with 30,000 fans and including artists BoA, Kangta, g.o.d and Drunken Tiger; predecessor was the "Dream Concert", started in 1995.[9]
IN June Group creates music videos for mobile-phone service JYP's Noel partners with SK Telecom for the launch of their mobile multimedia EV-Do, including music videos, ring tones and other services.[10]

2004[]

T M D Event Details
IN Jan+ Physical sales further decline, digital sales rise According to the Music Industry Association of Korea, physical musical shipments fell to $150 million U.S. dollars, while the Korean Association of Phonogram Producers reported digital sales of $185 million U.S. dollars and rising.[11]

2005[]

T M D Event Details
IN Jun 11 Sales increase in Japan Japanese record business now views "K-pop as a distinct musical genre", with last two years seeing increase in popularity.[12]
IN Aug 20 Digital music growth in South Korea Rain's live Seoul concert was made available to mobile phone operators.[11]

2006[]

T M D Event Details
IN Jun 27 MTV K launched in U.S. A satellite TV channel for Korean Americans which went defunct in 2007. It was revamped in 2010 with major K-pop content and organized some K-pop concerts in New York City, but by May 2017, had ceased operations.[13][14]
SK Aug 19 Major South Korean music festival debut Pentaport Rock Festival 2006, first major rock festival since the "1999 Tri-port Festival" and which included K-pop, like Psy.[15][16]

2007[]

T M D Event Details
B Jun 16 1st artist on Billboard magazine cover J. Y. Park, artist and producer, featured on the June 16th ion of Billboard, a special advertisement cover for artists or companies selected by the magazine.[17][18]

2008[]

T M D Event Details
MT Apr Artist debuts in Hollywood film Rain, Speed Racer[19][20]
MT May 5 Artist guests on U.S. late-night talk show Rain, The Colbert Report, May 5, 2008 episode. After being beaten by Rain for the Time 100 people's choice award several times, host Stephen Colbert challenged him to a dance-off which was aired on the show.[21][22]

2009[]

Wonder Girls performing in Seattle, September 3, 2010.
T M D Event Details
IN Mar 1st direct distribution on iTunes DFSB Kollective signed worldwide distribution deals with a range of South Korean music acts, including Epik High, Yoon Mi-rae and Drunken Tiger.[23]
CH Apr 4 1st album on Billboard 200 chart #127, BoA, BoA[24][25]
C Jun+ 1st opener for U.S. artist concert tour Wonder Girls for Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 North America leg of tour.[26]
MT Jul 20 1st performance on U.S. TV show Wonder Girls' "Nobody" on The Wendy Williams Show[27][28]
MT Nov Artist with lead role in German-American film Rain, Ninja Assassin[20]
CH Oct 31 1st single on Billboard Hot 100 chart Wonder Girls' "Nobody" debuted at No. 76.[26][29]
MT Dec 9 1st performance on US dance competition TV show Wonder Girls "Nobody" on So You Think You Can Dance[27][30]

2010[]

T M D Event Details
O Aug 6 Artist/producer/CEO receives global leadership award in Atlanta J.Y. Park, Usher's New Look's World Leadership Awards, "Global Ambassador of Youth Award", shared with Michelle Nunn and Hital Muraj, among eight recipients which included former U.S. President Bill Clinton.[31][32]
CH Sep 4 Tour on Billboard Hot Tours top 10 #10, SM Town Live '10 World Tour, Los Angeles's Staples Center, grossed $1.1 million with 15,015 tickets sold, placing them on the Billboard Hot Tour list on their boxscore report for October 9.[33]
B Sep 23 1st artists on Billboard's annual showcase "21 under 21" #16, Wonder Girls, Birthdates (ages, at the time): Sunye: August 12, 1989 (age 21); Yenny: May 26, 1989 (age 21); Sohee: June 27, 1992 (age 18); Yubin: October 4, 1988 (age 21); Hyelim: September 1, 1992 (age 18)[34][35]
F Sep 26 Group voted "Best Mashup Monday of 2011" Billboard poll #1, Wonder Girls cover of B.o.B and Bruno Mars's "Nothin' on You", winning 65% of poll votes with 32 videos entered, over #2 Greyson Chance, #3 Hanson, #4 James Blunt and #5 Grace Potter.[36][37]
C Nov 26 1st artists perform live at Billboard Studio JYJ at Billboard's New York studio, from their album The Beginning "Ayyy Girl" and "Empty"[38][39]
F Dec 8 Artists on Billboard Readers' Poll Your Fave Album Of 2010 #5, JYJ, The Beginning, between Taylor Swift, #4 and Katy Perry, #6.[40]

2011[]

T M D Event Details
CH Aug 25 Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart launched Sistar's song "So Cool" was the first to top the chart.[41][42][43]
B Sep 27 Artist on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (2nd time) #17, HyunA, birthdate June 6, 1992 (age, at the time, 19).[44][45]
SK Oct 11 Article on artist going to military Rain joins Republic of Korea Army[19]
C Nov 25-
26
"2011 Billboard K-Pop Masters, presented by MGM Grand" Las Vegas 2 nights of concerts in MGM Grand Garden Arena, organized by Billboard Korea. The line-up included TVXQ, 4Minute, G.NA, MBLAQ, Sistar, Beast, Shinee, and Brown Eyed Girls.[46]

2012[]

T M D Event Details
IN Jan-
Jun
Korean music industry gross report Estimated by Billboard, around $3.4 billion for the first six months of 2012, a 27.8% increase from the same period the prior year.[21]
MT Jan 31 Artists perform on U.S. late-night talk show Girls' Generation, "The Boys" on Late Show with David Letterman[27]
MT Feb 1 1st artists perform on U.S. morning talk show Girls' Generation, "The Boys" on Live! with Kelly[27]
MT Feb 2 Artists premier TeenNick film Wonder Girls, The Wonder Girls, which included their song "The DJ Is Mine" featuring School Gyrls.[47]
CH Mar 17 2nd album on Billboard 200 chart #150 BIGBANG, Alive[48][49]
CH Aug 23 Korea K-Pop Hot 100 1st "Top 10 Songs of the Past Year" #1 IU, "You and I", #2 Davichi "Don't Say Goodbye" #3 Lyn "To Turn Back Hands of Time" #4 Trouble Maker "Trouble Maker" #5 T-ara "Cry Cry", etc.[50]
B Sep 17 Artist on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (3rd time) #15, IU birthdate May 16, 1993 (age, at the time, 19).[51][52]
C Sep 22 1st artist at iHeartRadio Music Festival Psy, "Gangnam Style"[53]
CH Oct 6 1st artist hits #2 on Billboard Hot 100 Psy, "Gangnam Style"[54][55]
C Oct 17 1st U.S. K-pop convention and concert KCON 2012, October 16, convention and concert, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, California[56]
CH Oct 20 1st artist tops Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart #1, Psy, "Gangnam Style"[57][58]
B Nov 3 Artist on Billboard magazine cover (2nd time) Psy, "Gangnam Style"[59][60]
MT Nov 18 1st artist performs on American Music Award show Psy, American Music Awards of 2012, his "Gangnam Style" and, along with MC Hammer, that artist's "2 Legit 2 Quit";[61] calling it the "highlight" of his year in music.[62]
MT Nov 29 1st music on U.S. musical comedy-drama television series Glee cast perform Psy's "Gangnam Style".[63]
B Dec 21 1st yearly round-up "20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2012" #1 Infinite "The Chaser", #2 Sistar "Alone", #3 Naul "Memory of the Wind", #4 2NE1 "I Love You", #5 BIGBANG "Bad Boy", etc.[64]

2013[]

T M D Event Details
K Jan 29 K-Town column launched and 1st K-Town article Welcome video by Girls' Generation[2] and 1st K-Town article: "Meet INFINITE: Video Q&A With the Rising K-Pop Superstars"[65]
C Mar 13 1st artists at SXSW K-Pop Night Out at SXSW; with f(x), The Geeks, Guckkasten, No Brain, Yi Seung Yol, Jung Chang Shik, and Galaxy Express[66][67]
CH Apr 27 1st artist tops Streaming Songs chart #1, Psy, "Gentleman", (chart dated April 27); later followed by "Gangnam Style" at #1 (chart dated May 25).[68][69]
MT May 19 1st artist wins a Billboard Music Award Psy, 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Top Streaming Song (Video), "Gangnam Style", for most watched music video of the year, with competition including Taylor Swift and Carly Rae Jepsen; based on "key fan interactions over the last year including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social media interactions through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Vevo, Spotify and other popular websites for music." He received five more nominations out of the total 45 categories, including "Top New Artist", "Top Streaming Artist", "Top Rap Artist", "Top Rap Song" and "Top Dance Song"; and participated in the show, introducing Chris Brown.[62][70]
B Jul 15 Billboard "Top 10 K-Pop Hits Post-Gangnam Style" Psy "Gentleman", Girls' Generation "I Got a Boy", Hyuna "Ice Cream", G-Dragon "Crayon", G-Dragon "One of a Kind", G-Dragon "That XX", Girls' Generation "Oh!", Beast "Beautiful Night", Girls Generation "Flower Power", Kara "Pandora"[68]
B Sep 25 Artist on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (4th time) #20, Lee Hi birthdate September 23, 1996 (age, at the time, 17).[71][72]
F Nov 3 Music video wins 1st YouTube Music Awards Girls' Generation's "I Got a Boy", wins the inaugural show's award for "Video of the Year"; Tiffany accepted the award at the New York City show.[73]
CH Dec 1st albums on Billboard's World Albums Artists Year End chart G-Dragon, 9th Place and SHINee, 10th Place[74][75]
B Dec 23 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2013 #1 EXO "Growl", #2 MFBTY "The Cure", #3 f(x) "Rum Pum Pum Pum", #4 Cho Yong-pil "Bounce", #5 Taeyang "Ringa Linga", etc.[76]

2014[]

T M D Event Details
IN Jan+ Biggest year for K-pop concerts in America 2014, After a National Tax Service of South Korea 2013 report that the average annual income for Korean singers rose more than 72 percent, experts attributed it largely to growing overseas activities that generated more international album sales and tours.[77]
MT Jan 27 Artists guest on U.S. dating game show filmed in Seoul 2NE1 teach The Bachelor cast dance moves to "I Am the Best" on the show, filmed in a Seoul mall.[78][79]
F May 2 Artists top categories on Billboard Girl Group Week Readers' Poll 2NE1 #1 Favorite Girl Group Album Crush (write-in vote), #1 Most Fashionable Girl Group, #3 Most Promising New Girl Group; Orange Caramel #2 Most Underrated Girl Group; and Girls' Generation #2 Most Promising New Girl Group[80]
CH May 17 Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart discontinued Billboard chart's manager Gary Trust told K-pop news website KpopStarz that it was temporary, for adjustments.[81][82]
CH Jun 28 1st artist tops Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart #1, Psy, "Hangover"[83][84]
C Jun-
Jul
2nd opener for U.S. artist concert tour Crayon Pop, invited for the entire Lady Gaga ArtRave: The Artpop Ball tour, opened June 26 - July 22, as their schedule allowed.[85][86]
MT Aug Song used in U.S.-focused commercial 2NE1's "I Am the Best" in Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ad.[87][88]
MT Aug Artist stars in Hollywood film Rain, The Prince[20]
F Aug 18 Fans win Billboard Fan Army Face-Off #1 BIGBANG's VIPs, with 91% of the vote in the final round. #2 Thirty Seconds to Mars Echelon. Started on Aug. 7, over 20 million votes were cast.[89][90]
CH Sep 20 1st artists top Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart #1, Infinite, "Last Romeo"[91][92]
O Sep 22 K-Town adds Reader's Comments section A Reader's Comments section, at the ends of the column articles was added back, after being taken down previously.[93]
B Sep 24 Artist on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (5th time) #19, Akdong Musician, Birthdates (ages, at the time): Lee Chan-hyuk: September 12, 1996 (age 18) and Lee Su-hyun: May 4, 1999 (age 15).[94][95]
O Oct 8 Top Billboard staff speaks at Seoul music conference Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Digital Media's entertainment group overseeing The Hollywood Reporter and

Billboard, at Seoul International Music Fair (MU:CON SEOUL 2014).[96]

CH Oct 11 1st non-Psy act tops Billboard World Digital Songs chart #1, 2NE1's "I Am the Best", first charted on August 13, 2011, peaking on October 11, 2014 for the first time.[97][98]
MT Nov 14 Group guests on U.S. reality television show filmed in Seoul BtoB judge America's Next Top Model contestants dancing to their "Beep Beep".[99][100]
F Dec 1 Psy's hit breaks YouTube view counter "Gangnam Style" gets more than 2.15 billion views, forcing YouTube to upgrade to a 64-bit integer counter.[101]
MT Dec 5 Group performs on U.S. reality TV show filmed in Seoul 2NE1 on America's Next Top Model, perform "Crush" on runway stage.[99][102]
B Dec 11 1st Billboard yearly round-up "10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2014" #1 2NE1 Crush, #2 Nell Newton's Apple, #3 IU A Flower Bookmark, #4 Seo Taiji Quiet Night, #5 HA:TFELT Me?, #6 Taeyang Rise, #7 B.A.P First Sensibility, #8 Epik High Shoebox, #9 CNBLUE Can't Stop, #10 Rain Rain Effect.[103]
B Dec 11 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2014 #1 Beast Good Luck, #2 Seo Taiji and IU "Sogyeokdong", #3 GD X Taeyang Good Boy, #4 TVXQ Something, #5 San E and Raina "A Midsummer Night's Sweetness", etc.[104]
O Dec 1st album on Rolling Stone year end list, "20 Best Pop Albums of 2014" #6 2NE1 Crush[105][106]
CH Dec 1st album on Billboard World Albums (Year end) chart #11 2NE1 Crush[105][107]

2015[]

T M D Event Details
C Mar 29 Singer closes Miami's 2015 Ultra Music Festival with US artists CL performs her verses from Skrillex and Diplo's "Dirty Vibe", then raps in Korean, from her solo song "MTBD" on Crush, with Sean Combs performance of "It's All About the Benjamins".[108]
CH Apr 5 Largest album sales in U.S. Exo Exodus sold 6,000 copies in the week ending April 5 (according to Nielsen); charting at No. 70 on Top Album Sales, No. 95 on Billboard 200,[109][110][111] and No. 1 on World Albums (all charts dated April 18, 2015).[112]
IN Apr South Korea in top 10 global music market rankings 2015, An IFPI report said South Korea's ranking had moved ahead of Brazil, at $266 million in trade value.[113]
MT Apr 1st K-pop inspired U.S. TV show Make It Pop on Nickelodeon in the U.S., stars three Asian leads, including Korean American Megan Lee, who said they wear one outfit, a plaid, red and white concept, which is like f(x)'s from their "Rum Pum Pum Pum" video.[114][115][116]
C Apr 18 Artists perform at Earth Day concert in U.S. capital city Roy Kim sang John Lennon's "Imagine" and VIXX performed their K-pop songs at "Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day" in Washington D.C. on the National Mall with American artists, including Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Train, Usher, and will.i.am.[117][118]
C May 28 Biggest North American tour since Wonder Girls World Tour Epik High announced a six concert tour after sales of Shoebox, and increased it to 11 dates in Canada and the U.S., after a popular reception at SXSW 2015 in March.[119][120]
IN Jun 30 1st U.S. available music streaming service with full K-pop playlist Apple Music, including special lists: Getting to Work Out for Girls: K-Pop, Fun Driving: K-Pop and Behind the Board: Brave Brothers.[121]
C Aug-
Sep
Artist tours with U.S. artists CL performed with Jack Ü in various cities during the Mad Decent Block Party 2015 US and Canadian tour, their songs "Dirty Vibe" and "Doctor Pepper", the later which CL wrote.[122][123][124]
F Aug 19 Fans win Billboard Fan Army Face-Off (2nd Year Win) #1 T-ara's Queens, with 3.4 million votes cast for them throughout the competition, defeating Beyoncé's Beyhive after a strong battle against One Direction's Directioners, resulting in smoothing over feelings with a trending global hashtag on Twitter, #WeLove1DandKpop.[125]
O Sep 18 1st article on artists at fashion show New York Fashion Week, Sooyoung and Minho at the Coach presentation, Dara at Givenchy, Jessica Jung at Diane von Fürstenberg, and Sulli at Tory Burch.[126]
CH Oct 3 Tour on Billboard Hot Tours top 10 #10 BIGBANG's Made World Tour stop in Los Angeles's Staples Center, on their six-city North American tour, grossed $1.7 million for a sold-out show of 13,361, placing them on the Billboard Hot Tour list for the boxscores compiled for October 6–12.[127][128][129]
CH Oct 7 1st Girls' Generation soloist and Billboard #1 #1 World Albums chart, I (Taeyeon EP) which was released on October 7, 2015 and sold 2,000 copies in two days.[130]
B Oct 30 Artists on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (6th time) #18, Seventeen, Birthdates (ages, at the time): Choi Seungcheol, aka S.coups: August 8, 1995 (Age: 20); Yoon Jeonghan, aka Jeonghan: October 4, 1995 (Age: 20); Hong Jisoo, aka Joshua: December 30, 1995 (Age: 19); Wen Junhui, aka Jun: June 10, 1996 (Age: 19); Kwon Soonyoung, aka Hoshi: June 15, 1996 (Age: 19); Jeon Wonwoo, aka Wonwoo: July 17, 1996 (Age: 19); Lee Jihoon, aka Woozi: November 22, 1996 (Age: 18); Lee Seokmin, aka DK: February 18, 1997 (Age: 18); Kim Mingyu, aka Mingyu: April 6, 1997 (Age: 18); Xu Minghao, aka The8: November 7, 1997 (Age: 17); Boo Seungkwan, aka Seungkwan: January 16, 1998 (Age: 17); Hansol Vernon Choi, aka Vernon: February 18, 1998 (Age: 17); Lee Chan, aka Dino: February 11, 1999 (Age: 16).[131]
O Nov 1st African American in group Girl group Rania adds new member Alexandra, an American rapper, whose black father is from Texas and white mother is from Kansas.[132]
MT Nov 9 1st collaboration with Disney EXO and Disney release "Light Saber", a song and music video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[133]
O Nov 22 2NE1 member begins U.S. solo debut CL "Hello Bitches" single release.[134]
CH Dec 1st (2nd year) on World Albums Artists (Year end) chart #7 Exo, for the chart (time period December 6, 2014 through November 28, 2015), and #8 on World Albums year end for Exodus.[135]
B Dec 30 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2015 #1 Wonder Girls Reboot, #2 f(x) 4 Walls, #3 Brown Eyed Girls Basic, #4 BTS The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2, #5 MFBTY WondaLand, #6 IU Chat-Shire, #7 Red Velvet The Red, #8 2PM No.5, #9 Seventeen 17 Carat, #10 TVXQ Rise as God[136]
B Dec 30 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2015 #1 BIGBANG "Loser", #2 Taeyeon "I", #3 BTS "Run", #4 Zion.T and Crush "Just", #5 Keith Ape "It G Ma", etc.[137]

2016[]

T M D Event Details
MT Apr 5 1st review of K-drama OST releases Descendants of the Sun: Yoon Mi-rae "Always", Chen and Punch "Everytime", Davichi "This Love", Gummy "You Are My Everything", Kim Na-young featuring Mad Clown "Once Again", K.Will "Talk Love", Lyn "With You", and SG Wannabe "By My Side".[138] In addition, in February and March, these songs were among the top 10 YouTube K-pop videos viewed in the U.S. and internationally.[139][140] Again, in May, two later releases, Xia "How Can I Love You" and MC the Max "Wind Beneath Your Wings" were in the top 10 YouTube K-pop videos viewed internationally.[141]
CH Apr 9 2nd time charting on Artist 100 chart #45 Got7, a month after releasing Flight Log: Departure, and besting Psy's #88 in 2015. The chart "combines radio airplay, sales data, streaming data and social media activity to rank the top 100 artists in America each week."[142]
CH Apr 9 Artists peak at #2 on Social 50 chart #2, Got7, after Justin Bieber.[142]
MT Apr 9 US celebrities film South Korea TV special, feature on music video Conan O'Brien and Steven Yeun, Conan In Korea TBS special, and performance on Park Jin-young's "Fire" music video with Park Ji-min, Wonder Girls and Twice, which aired on Conan's YouTube channel the same day.[143]
C Apr 17-
24
1st major South Korean act performs at Coachella Epik High[144]
IN May 3 Concert growth outside East Asia Reported by kickstarter website MyMusicTaste.com for the approximate period between 2013 and 2016; East Asia still led, with tapering numbers, but North America, South America and Europe were showing consistent growth; with most concerts abroad in Japan, China and the U.S.[145]
F May 12 1st group with Twitter emoji BTS, a top K-pop Twitter presence and Twitter global music trend of 2015. It ran through June for a global contest tracking the group's best fans.[146]
C May 24-
25
1st review of Canadian K-pop concert Toronto Kpop Con, performances by VIXX, Got7, GFriend, and Day6.[147]
CH Aug 27 Fastest group to hit World Digital Songs chart Black Pink #1 Boombayah, #2 Whistle, just after their debut, making them only the third group to hold the top two positions after Psy and BIGBANG.[148]
F Aug Fans win Billboard Fan Army Face-Off (3rd Year Win) #1 T-ara's Queens, 2nd year win, with about 1.8 million votes cast for them throughout the competition, defeating Thirty Seconds to Mars The Echelon in the final round.[149]
MT Sep 6 1st U.S. TV show, based on South Korean TV show, films with K-pop group in Seoul Better Late Than Never Episode 3 featured cast members William Shatner, Henry Winkler, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye meeting with Girls’ Generation's Yuri, Hyoyeon, Sunny, and Tiffany and learning the choreography to their 2009 song Gee.[150]
O Sep 8 1st review of Korean fashion show Concept Korea, at New York Fashion Week, with designers Yohanix, KimmyJ, and Greedilous; with K-pop music including arrangements of Baauer's "Temple" featuring M.I.A. and G-Dragon, and GD X Taeyang's Good Boy.[151]
MT Sep 15 2nd artist performs on late night talk show CL, Lifted on The Late Late Show with James Corden.[152]
CH Oct 12 1st female soloist charts on Billboard Hot 100 #94, CL's English language "Lifted" debut (chart dated October 22).[153]
CH Oct 17 1st group tops Social 50 chart #1, BTS on the chart that ranks the most active and popular artists on leading social networking sites (chart dated October 29); Psy topped previously as a solo artist.[154]
CH Oct 17 Top album, to date, Billboard 200 #26, BTS Wings (chart dated October 29), and #19 on Canadian Albums chart.[155]
CH Oct 17 1st act with three albums on the Billboard 200 chart BTS, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 (#171, December 2015), The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever (#107, May 2016), Wings (#26, October 29, 2016).[155]
B Dec 22 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2016 #1 BTS Wings, #2 Day6 Daydream, #3 EXID Street, #4 AKMU Spring, #5 Dean 130 mood : TRBL, #6 BIGBANG Made, #7 Tiffany I Just Wanna Dance, #8 Seventeen Going Seventeen, #9 Mamamoo Melting, #10 Got7 Fly.[156]
B Dec 22 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2016 #1 Zico "Bermuda Triangle" featuring Crush and DEAN, #2 Wonder Girls "Why So Lonely", #3 EXO "Monster", #4 BLACKPINK "Whistle", #5 BTS "Blood Sweat & Tears", etc.[157]
"Save Me"
"Fire"
"Fire"
BTS, KCON Mexico 2017, March 17.

2017[]

T M D Event Details
CH Feb 15 1st group tops iTunes Top Songs chart Top 10, BTS "Spring Day", soon after the February 12 release, competing with tracks from the 59th Annual Grammy Awards show that aired that night. Psy topped the chart as a solo artist with "Gangnam Style" in 2012.[158]
CH Feb 21 Group charts on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles #15, BTS on the chart, dated March 4, 2017, that acts an extension of the Hot 100 singles chart, ranking tracks just below the top 100 slots, based on sales, radio airplay and streaming data.[159]
CH Feb 21 1st act with top 4 on World Digital Songs chart BTS #1 "Spring Day", #2 "Not Today", #3 "A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone", #4 "Outro: Wings", for the chart dated March 4, 2017.[159]
CH Feb 21 1st act with 4 albums on Billboard 200 chart BTS, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever, Wings and You Never Walk Alone (for the chart dated March 4).[159][160]
B Apr 10 1st group nominated for Billboard Music Award BTS, 2017 Billboard Music Awards, May 21, Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist, competing with Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes; nomination based on "key fan interactions with music, including album and digital songs sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement", and winner determined partially on online fan voting starting on May 1. The group ranked first 19 times on the List of Billboard Social 50 number-one artists since October 2016.[161][162][163]
MT May 21 1st group win and appearance at Billboard Music Award BTS, 2017 Billboard Music Awards, Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist. A large global fanbase, "Army", voted for the award on Twitter and on the awards website more than 300 million times and continued to dominate social media while the band was at the ceremony. Some of their popularity was accounted to their latest album Wings, a recent sold-out arena tour, lyrics which include social and political issues of interest to worldwide fans, and openness on social media.[13][164][165]
O Sep 20 "DNA" Music Video Hit 21 Million Views in 24 Hours BTS released their music video for "DNA" and broke new records in 24 hours. They are the fastest K-pop group to hit 10 million and 20 million views.[166]
CH Sep 23 Bobby Debuts at No.2 On World Album Chart iKon's Bobby released a full album that charted at No.2 on the Billboard World Albums chart. Love and Fall was the best-selling K-pop album this week in the United States.[167]
CH Sep 24 Love Yourself: Her Debuts in Top 10 of Billboard 200 Album Chart BTS's new album, Love Yourself: Her, becomes the first K-pop album to chart in the top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.[168]
CH Sep 25 BTS Secures First Billboard Hot 100 Single BTS gain their first Billboard Hot 100 single with "DNA" as it debuted at No. 85.[169]
CH Sep 28 BTS's Love Yourself: Her Sets Several Records BTS's new album, Love Yourself: Her, was able to secure many new records. For World Albums, the album debuted at No.1 and gave the group it's fourth No. 1 on the chart. For World Digital Song Sales, the lead single from Love Yourself: Her, "DNA", hit No. 1 and became BTS's fifth No.1 on the chart. [170]
CH Oct 2 BTS Gain Highest-Charting Billboard Hot 100 Song For K-pop Group BTS's new hit song, "DNA", debuted at No.85 yet continued to rise on the charts to gain a new position of No. 67. This is the highest-charting Billboard Hot 100 song for a K-pop group.[171]
O Oct 9 Three Girls' Generation's Members Leave SM Entertainment Sooyoung, Seohyun, and Tiffany of Girl's Generation decided to not renvew their contact with SM Entertainment. [172]
CH Oct 12 Bolbbalgan4 Make Billboard Charts Debut Bolbbalgan4, a K-pop indie-folk group, debuted at No. 9 on the World Albums Chart with Red Diary Page. 1.
C Oct 18 BTS Sells Out Japanese Dome Tour BTS perform at their first Japanese dome concerts which were sold out. They sang in front of 80,000 fans in Osaka.
C Oct 30 BeWhy Begins U.S. Tour Independent rapper BeWay begins his first U.S. solo tour on Nov. 1. He is playing six different venues across the United States and is hoping to spread Korean hip-hop.[173]
O Oct 31 BTS and UNICEF Join Together to Create an Anti-Violence Campaign BTS is joining UNICEF's #ENDViolence campaign by pledging 500 million KRW and 3% of the Love Yourself series physical album series sales income. The campaign is to make the world safer for children and teenagers.[174]
CH Nov 7 Twice Leads World Albums and World Digital Sales Charts Twice's new album, Twicetagram, and new single, "Likey", hit No.1 on World Album Chart and World Digital Sales Chart. They are the first female group to achieve this as well as being the second K-pop act. [175]
O Nov 9 Min from miss A Leaves JYP Entertainment The future for miss A is unclear as Min, whose real name is Lee Min-Young, did not renew her contract with JYP Entertainment.[176]
O Nov 11 BTS become first K-pop Group to Perform at an American Music Award Show BTS had their first U.S television debut at the American Music Awards where they performed their lead single "DNA".[177]
CH Nov 17 Twice's "Likey" at Top of World Digital Songs Chart for 2nd Week Twice's new song, "Likey", stays at the top of the World Digital Song Chart for the 2nd week in the row. They are currently tied for long-running chart-topper on this chart among K-pop girl groups.
CH Nov 15 Seventeen's New Album hits No. 1 on World Album Chart Seventeen's new full-length album, 02: Teen, Age, hit No.1 on the World Album Chart. This marks their second No.1 atop the chart.
O Nov 26 Psy's "Gangnam Style" hits 3 billion Youtube views After being released in 2012, Gangnam Style hits 3 billion views and continues to be the third-most viewed video on Youtube.[178]
CH Nov 28 Red Velvet tie for most No. 1 on World Album Charts among K-pop acts Red Velvet's new LP Perfect Velvet: The 2nd Album debuted at No. 1 on the World Album Charts. This is their fourth No.1 overall and their third No.1 this year.[179]
O Dec 5 Most Tweeted About Artist of 2017 BTS are the most tweeted about artist of 2017 beating out Western artists such as Justin Bieber and Harry Styles.[180]
CH Dec 8 Sixth No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales Chart BTS' "Mic Drop" becomes their sixth No. 1 on the World Digital Song Sales Chart after jumping 7 spots.[181]
O Dec 18 Kim Jonghyun of SHINee passes at 27 SHINee's Kim Jonghyun passed away on December 18 after going into cardiac arrest. He was a member of K-pop group SHINee who debuted in 2008.[182]
IN Dec 20 Billboard to refocus on Korea and K-Pop Billboard has announced that they will focus more on K-pop in an attempt to create a new image and identity. They are trying to bring more awareness and coverage to the genre. [183]
O Dec 27 miss A Confirms Breakup Girl group miss A confirmed breakup on December 27th, according to JYP Enterntainment. The group had been together since 2010[184].
CH Dec 27 Bubbling Under Hot 100 Chart, Emerging Artists Chart, Rock Digital Song Sales Chart Debut BTS' RM and Fall Out Boy remix "Champion" makes a debut in three separate Billboard chart and marks new territory in the rock charts.[185]

2018[]

T M D Event Details
C Jan 9 SHINee Will Continue Japan Tour SHINee has decided to continue with Japanese concerts in February following the passing of fellow member Jonghyun.[186]
O Jan 22 First Gay K-pop Idol Holland debuts as the first gay K-pop idol with single "Neverland". [187]
C Jan 24 Longest U.S. Tour from Korean Act CIFIKA announces 20 city U.S. tour for March and April. This is the longest U.S. tour yet for a Korean Act.[188]
CH Jan 30 Posthumous Billboard 200 Debut SHINee member Jonghyun's album Post/Artist debuted at No. 177 on Billboard 200 chart as a posthumous release.[189]
CH Feb 1 Two K-Pop Groups on Billboard 200 BTS and Jonghyun, a member of SHINee, both appear on Billboard 200 with Love Yourself: Her and Poet/Artist. This is only the second time two Korean acts have entered at same time.[190]
CH Feb 1 No. 3 on World Digital Song Sales Chart Sunmi's "Heroine" goes from No. 10 to No. 3 on World Digital Song Sales Chart. This marks her best U.S. sales week in her career.[191]
O Feb 12 First Korean group to receive RIAA Certification BTS' "Mic Drop" and "DNA" were certified gold by the RIAA. They are the first Korean group to do so and second Korean act.[192]
CH Feb 13 No. 87 on Canadian Hot 100 Red Velvet's "Bad Boy" debuted on Canadian Hot 100 along with BTS. This is the first time for two Korean groups to chart together.[193]
C Feb 21 First K-Pop Group to Headline Barclays Center GOT7 announced world tour in various cities in Europe, Asia, Canada, and the U.S. [194]
C Feb 25 Performances at Winter Olympic Closing Ceremony CL and EXO represent K-Pop at the Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony along with several other Western artists.
IN Feb 26 #MeToo movement hits South Korean entertainment industry #MeToo has gained attention in the music industry as well as other fields. [195]
C Feb 26 Monsta X tour U.S. during Summer 2018 K-pop group Monsta X will be performing in seven U.S. cities during July and August.[196]
CH Mar 5 J-Hope at No. 63 in Billboard Hot 200 BTS' J-Hope released new mixtape Hope World on March 1st. He is now the highest charting solo K-pop act on the Billboard 200. [197]
CH Mar 21 4th No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales Chart BIGBANG released "Flower Road" March 13th and it debuted No. 1 on World Digital Song Sales chart. Others that charted are "Loser", "Bang Bang Bang", and "Let's Not Fall in Love".[198]
O Mar 26 K-Pop Idol passes away at 33 Seo Minwoo passed away from cardiac arrest on March 25th. He was the leader of the K-pop boy band 100%.[199]
O Mar 27 1st K-pop Group with one million Shazams BTS' Mic Drop has been shazamed one million times, achieved in four months and eleven days.[200]

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