BTS extends record as 'IDOL' hits 1B views on YouTube

Anna Gabrielle Cerezo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 12 2021 02:05 PM

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South Korea’s most prolific record breakers emerged with yet another striking milestone. 

Pop titans BTS’ "IDOL," a melodic off-kilter clap back for their naysayers, hit 1 billion views on YouTube late Saturday evening, just three years and 18 days after its debut. 

The vibrant self-love anthem, released as part of the septet's 2018 album "Love Yourself: Answer," marks RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook's sixth music video to achieve the massive number, the most for any group to date. 

The experimental hip-hop track fused with the traditional flavors of samul nori joins the catchy "Boy with Luv" featuring Halsey, electro-pop "DNA," disco mix "Dynamite," EDM-influenced "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)," and grunge rock title "Fake Love," which reached the 10-digit mark just three days prior. 

The septet's next most-watched music videos are "Blood, Sweat, & Tears," “Fire,” "Dope," "Save Me," and "Butter," which stand at 788 million, 708 million, 670 million, 613 million, and 547 million views respectively.