J-Hope from BTS Becomes the First Korean Artist to Surpass 2 Million Followers on Spotify
The members of BTS keep making history. Just days after their EP Map of the Soul: Persona sold 4 million copies worldwide, J-Hope surpassed 2 million followers on Spotify. J-Hope was already the most-followed Korean solo artist on Spotify and is the first Korean soloist to surpass 2 million followers.
J-Hope is the first Korean soloist to achieve this milestone
J-Hope released his mixtape Hope World in 2018. The mixtape features seven songs including “Hope World,” “Daydream,” and “Airplane.” J-Hope achieved this record number of followers with just seven songs. To congratulate the rapper, BTS fans trended #Jhope2M_Spotify on Twitter.
“besides being the most followed korean soloist on Spotify Hoseok is now the first to surpass 2M followers, who’s doing it like him? #Jhope2M_Spotify,” wrote a fan on Twitter.
“this little boy worked hard and took his time to bring us an album that would be, for so many, a peaceful, hopeful and safe place to be, congratulate him by using #JHOPE2M_Spotify and let him now how much we appreciate his work,” wrote another.
BTS fans suspect J-Hope will release a second mixtape
Just days prior, J-Hope caused quite a frenzy on Twitter when he responded to a fan’s post on Weverse. The fan posted they were listening to songs from Hope World because they missed J-Hope. The rapper replied that fans would be surprised soon. ARMY then suspected J-Hope plans to release a follow-up to Hope World.
After J-Hope surpassed 2 million Spotify followers, some fans remembered that J-Hope teased fans they would be surprised soon.
“Hoseok teasing us saying everybody will be surprised two days ago and now he surpassed 2M followers on Spotify making him the first korean artist to reach this milestone,” a fan tweeted.
BTS’s EP ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’ just reached 4 million album sales worldwide
BTS recently became the first artists in 2019 to sell over 4 million copies of an album worldwide. BTS achieved this milestone with their EP, Map of the Soul: Persona. The group achieved this without packaging Map of the Soul: Persona as a bundle. All of the EP’s sales are organic.
The seven songs on the EP are also almost entirely in Korean. With this accomplishment, BTS showed they can achieve worldwide success without releasing an all-English album. To celebrate the milestone, BTS ARMY trended #Persona4Million on Twitter.
J-Hope is not the only BTS member to set solo records
J-Hope is not the only member of BTS to set records. In August 2019, Jungkook set a Billboard record. With the song “Euphoria,” Jungkook became the longest-charting solo male K-Pop idol on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart.
Three of Jimin’s solo songs “Lie,” “Intro: Serendipity,” and “Serendipity (Full Length Edition)” each achieved over 50 million streams on Spotify. This made Jimin the first Korean artist to have three solo songs earn 50 million streams. His self-composed song “Promise” broke the SoundCloud record for most streams within 24 hours.