Every day, Jimin of the world-renowned bulletproof boy band BTS is etching his name into history on the prestigious US Billboard charts, solidifying his status as a bona fide ‘pop icon’.
Jimin’s remarkable solo debut album ‘FACE’ has etched a significant mark by persistently gracing the Billboard ‘World Album’ chart for an impressive 19 consecutive weeks, establishing an unprecedented record for the longest-charting Korean solo artist.
Since its eagerly anticipated release on March 24, ‘Face’ has taken the music world by storm, claiming the top spot on the chart for a groundbreaking four consecutive weeks. As of the latest Billboard chart update on August 12, Jimin’s album has surged three positions from the prior week, securing a prominent 9th place ranking. This remarkable ascent has propelled ‘Face’ into the record books, marking an astounding 19 weeks on the chart. This achievement not only cements its status as the longest-running Korean solo album within the ‘Top 10’, but also clinches the title of the longest-charting Asian solo album to have graced the scene in 2023. Furthermore, it holds an impressive 64th position in the ‘Top Current Album Sales’ category, further testifying to Jimin’s unparalleled solo prowess.
The album’s titular track, ‘Like Crazy’, has emerged as a monumental success in its own right. Remarkably, it clinched the 4th position on this week’s ‘World Digital Song Sales’, a feat that has earned it the distinction of topping the charts an impressive four times within the last decade—a truly remarkable accomplishment. This track also holds the distinction of being the longest-charting Korean soloist track of the year, having held its place on the charts for an impressive 15 weeks.
Adding to this incredible list of accomplishments, ‘Like Crazy’ has found itself at the 70th spot on the ‘Global 200’ chart and the 47th spot on the ‘Global (excluding the US)’ chart. These rankings reflect a historic achievement, marking the highest sales in the history of a Korean solo artist. Impressively, these two charts have welcomed Jimin’s track for an unbroken streak of 19 weeks, a testament to its unwavering popularity. The track has also accumulated a staggering 920,000 sales in the United States over a mere four months following its release, solidifying Jimin’s position as the year’s most triumphant K-pop solo sensation.
What sets Jimin’s accomplishment apart is his deep involvement in every facet of the album’s production, from lyrics to composition and performance. This hands-on approach allowed him to authentically capture his innermost emotions as an artist, resulting in an album that resonates deeply with fans and critics alike. This dedication and artistry have culminated in a groundbreaking achievement—Jimin’s solo track became the first and only Korean solo song to attain the summit of the illustrious Billboard ‘Hot 100’.
In an era marked by dynamic musical expressions and global influence, Jimin’s ‘POP ICON’ status is more than deserved. With each chart-topping achievement, he continues to redefine what is possible for a solo artist in the realm of K-pop and beyond. The journey that Jimin has embarked upon is not just a musical one; it’s a trailblazing odyssey that transcends borders, cultures, and languages.