Timeline of K-pop at Billboard

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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[edit]

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
O Other
Location codes
Event location L
South Korea KR
United States US
Other O

2000[edit]

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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] KR
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] KR

2001[edit]

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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] O
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] KR

2002[edit]

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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] KR

2003[edit]

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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] KR
C 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] KR
IN June Group creates music videos for mobile-phone service JYP Entertainment's Noel partners with SK Telecom for the launch of their mobile multimedia EV-Do, including music videos, ring tones and other services.[10] KR

2004[edit]

T M D Event Details L
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] KR

2005[edit]

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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] O
IN Aug 20 Digital music growth in South Korea Rain's live Seoul concert was made available to mobile phone operators.[11] KR

2006[edit]

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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] US
C 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] KR

2007[edit]

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

2008[edit]

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MT Apr Artist debuts in Hollywood film Rain, Speed Racer[19][20] US
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] US

2009[edit]

Wonder Girls performing in Seattle, September 3, 2010.
T M D Event Details L
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] KR
CH Apr 4 1st album on Billboard 200 chart #127, BoA, BoA[24][25] US
C Jun+ 1st opener for U.S. artist concert tour Wonder Girls for Jonas Brothers World Tour 2009 North America leg of tour.[26] US
MT Jul 20 1st performance on U.S. TV show Wonder Girls' "Nobody" on The Wendy Williams Show[27][28] US
MT Nov Artist with lead role in German-American film Rain, Ninja Assassin[20] US
CH Oct 31 1st single on Billboard Hot 100 chart Wonder Girls' "Nobody" debuted at No. 76.[26][29] US
MT Dec 9 1st performance on US dance competition TV show Wonder Girls "Nobody" on So You Think You Can Dance[27][30] US

2010[edit]

T M D Event Details L
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] US
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] US
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] US
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] US
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] US
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] US

2011[edit]

T M D Event Details L
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] US
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] US
O Oct 11 Article on artist going to military Rain joins Republic of Korea Army[19] KR
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] US

2012[edit]

T M D Event Details L
IN Jan-
Jun
South 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] KR
MT Jan 31 1st girl group performs on U.S. late-night talk show Girls' Generation, "The Boys" on Late Show with David Letterman[27] US
MT Feb 1 1st artists perform on U.S. morning talk show Girls' Generation, "The Boys" on Live! with Kelly[27] US
MT Feb 2 Artists premier TeenNick film Wonder Girls, The Wonder Girls, which included their song "The DJ Is Mine" featuring School Gyrls.[47] US
CH Mar 17 2nd album on Billboard 200 chart #150 Big Bang, Alive (chart dated March 17).[48][49] US
F Aug 1st YouTube video goes viral Psy, "Gangnam Style", released on July 15, "hilarious" video becomes popular with media and celebrities, going viral in August.[50] US
MT Aug 22 Artist guests on U.S. morning talk show Psy, Big Morning Buzz Live, performs "Gangnam Style" with hosts and crew.[50] US
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.[51] US
CH Aug 31 1st #1 on Social 50 chart Psy, (chart dated September 8), the chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter and MySpace.[52] US
MT Sep 6 1st artist performs on MTV Video Music Award show Psy, 2012 MTV Video Music Awards, performs "Gangnam Style" with presenter Kevin Hart.[50] US
MT Sep 11 Artist guests on U.S. variety comedy talk show Psy, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, performs "Gangnam Style" with Ellen DeGeneres and Britney Spears.[50][53] US
MT Sep 14 Artist guests on U.S. morning talk show Psy, The Today Show, performs "Gangnam Style" and interview with hosts.[50] US
CH Sep 15 1st #1 on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Psy, "Gangnam Style" (peaked on chart dated September 15). The chart acts as an extension of the Hot 100 singles chart, ranking tracks just below the top 100 slots, based on sales, radio airplay and streaming data.[54] US
CH Sep 15 1st artist tops iTunes Top Songs chart #1, Psy, "Gangnam Style" (chart dated September 15).[21][55] US
MT Sep 15 1st artist guests on Saturday Night Live show Psy, performs "Gangnam Style", in a cameo with cast.[50] US
MT Sep 17 Artist guests on U.S. entertainment show Psy, Extra, performs "Gangnam Style" with hosts.[50] US
B Sep 17 Artist on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (3rd time) #15, IU birthdate May 16, 1993 (age, at the time, 19).[56][57] US
C Sep 22 1st artist at iHeartRadio Music Festival Psy, "Gangnam Style"[58] US
CH Oct 6 1st artist hits #2 on Billboard Hot 100 Psy, "Gangnam Style" (peaked on chart dated October 6).[59][60] US
C Oct 17 1st U.S. K-pop convention and concert KCON 2012, October 16, convention and concert, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Irvine, California[61] US
CH Oct 20 1st artist tops Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart #1, Psy, "Gangnam Style" (chart dated October 20).[62][63] US
B Nov 3 Artist on Billboard magazine cover (2nd time) Psy, "Gangnam Style"[64][65] US
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";[66] calling it the "highlight" of his year in music.[67] US
MT Nov 29 1st music on U.S. musical comedy-drama television series Glee cast perform Psy's "Gangnam Style".[68] US
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 Big Bang "Bad Boy", etc.[69] US

2013[edit]

T M D Event Details L
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"[70] US
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[71][72] US
O March 29 1st RIAA certification Psy, video single "Gangnam Style" receives mulit-platinum (1 million sales units) X5, on March 29 and again on December 12, for the single.[73][74] US
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).[75][76] US
MT May 19 1st artist wins a Billboard Music Award and appears on show Psy, 2013 Billboard Music Awards, Top Streaming Song (Video), "Gangnam Style", for most watched music video of the year.
He was nominated in five more 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.[67][77]
US
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"[75] US
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).[78][79] US
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.[80] US
CH Dec 1st artists on Billboard's World Albums Artists Year End chart G-Dragon, 9th Place, Coup d'etat Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, and Shinee, 10th Place, The Misconceptions of Us and Everybody.[81][82] US
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.[83] US

2014[edit]

T M D Event Details L
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.[84] US
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.[85][86] US
CH Mar 15 1st time two acts chart on Billboard 200 on same date 2NE1, #61 Crush and Girls Generation, #110, Mr.Mr., debut on the chart dated March 15; both setting new highs for K-pop.[87] US
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[88] US
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.[89][90] US
CH Jun 28 1st artist tops Billboard Twitter Top Tracks chart #1, Psy, "Hangover"[91][92] US
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.[93][94] US
C Jul 14 1st BTS U.S. solo concert BTS, Troubadour nightclub, a 400-capacity venue; a surprise free concert for 200 fans, announced two days prior on Twitter.[95][96] US
MT Aug Song used in U.S.-focused commercial 2NE1's "I Am the Best" in Microsoft Surface Pro 3 ad.[97][98] US
MT Aug Artist stars in Hollywood film Rain, The Prince[20] US
F Aug 18 Billboard Fan Army Face-Off win (1st time) #1, Big Bang'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.[99][100] US
CH Sep 20 1st artists top Billboard Twitter Emerging Artists chart #1, Infinite, "Last Romeo"[101][102] US
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.[103] US
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).[104][105] US
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).[106]

KR
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.[107][108] US
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".[109][110] US
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.[111] US
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.[109][112] US
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.[113] US
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.[114] US
O Dec 1st album on Rolling Stone year end list, "20 Best Pop Albums of 2014" #6 2NE1 Crush[115][116] US
CH Dec 1st album on Billboard World Albums (Year end) chart #11 2NE1 Crush[115][117] US

2015[edit]

T M D Event Details L
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".[118] US
CH Apr 5 Largest album sales in U.S., to date 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,[119][120][121] and No. 1 on World Albums (all charts dated April 18, 2015).[122] US
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.[123] KR
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.[124][125][126] US
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.[127][128] US
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.[129][130] US
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.[131] US
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.[132][133][134] US
F Aug 19 Billboard Fan Army Face-Off win (2nd time) #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.[135] US
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.[136] US
CH Oct 3 Tour on Billboard Hot Tours top 10 #10, Big Bang'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.[137][138][139] US
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.[140] US
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).[141]
US
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.[142] KR
MT Nov 9 1st collaboration with Disney Exo and Disney release "Light Saber", a song and music video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[143] US
O Nov 22 2NE1 member begins U.S. solo debut CL "Hello Bitches" single release.[144] US
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.[145] US
CH Dec 19 1st artist charts on Artist 100 chart #88, Psy; the chart "combines radio airplay, sales data, streaming data and social media activity to rank the top 100 artists in America each week."[146] US
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[147] US
B Dec 30 20 Best K-Pop Songs of 2015 #1 Big Bang "Loser", #2 Taeyeon "I", #3 BTS "Run", #4 Zion.T and Crush "Just", #5 Keith Ape "It G Ma", etc.[148] US

2016[edit]

T M D Event Details L
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".[149]
In addition, in February and March, these songs were among the top 10 YouTube K-pop videos viewed in the U.S. and internationally.[150][151] 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.[152]
US
CH Apr 9 2nd artists chart on Artist 100 chart #45 Got7, a month after releasing Flight Log: Departure, and besting Psy's #88 in 2015.[146] US
CH Apr 9 Artists peak at #2 on Social 50 chart #2, Got7, after Justin Bieber.[146] US
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.[153] KR
C Apr 17-
24
1st major South Korean act performs at Coachella Epik High[154] US
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.[155] O
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.[156] US
C May 24-
25
1st review of Canadian K-pop concert Toronto Kpop Con, performances by VIXX, Got7, GFriend, and Day6.[157] O
CH Aug 27 Fastest group to hit World Digital Songs chart Blackpink #1 Boombayah, #2 Whistle, just after their debut, making them only the third group to hold the top two positions after Psy and Big Bang.[158] US
F Aug Billboard Fan Army Face-Off win (3rd time), 2nd time for one group #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.[159] US
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.[160] US
O Sep 8 1st review of South 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.[161] US
MT Sep 15 2nd artist performs on late night talk show CL, "Lifted" on The Late Late Show with James Corden.[162] US
CH Oct 12 1st female soloist charts on Billboard Hot 100 #94, CL's English language "Lifted" debut (chart dated October 22).[163] US
CH Oct 17 1st group tops Social 50 chart #1, BTS, (chart dated October 29); chart ranks the most active and popular artists on leading social networking sites. Psy topped previously as a solo artist.[164] US
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 (top K-pop album to date at #26, October 29, 2016).[165] US
B Dec 22 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2016 #1, BTS, Wings, #2 Day6 Daydream, #3 EXID Street, #4 Akdong Musician Spring, #5 Dean 130 mood : TRBL, #6 Big Bang Made, #7 Tiffany I Just Wanna Dance, #8 Seventeen Going Seventeen, #9 Mamamoo Melting, #10 Got7 Fly.[166] US
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.[167] US

2017[edit]

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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.[168] US
CH Feb 21 1st group charts on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles #15, BTS, "Spring Day", (chart dated dated March 4); Psy had the first #1, as a solo artist, with "Gangnam Style" in 2012.[54] US
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", (chart dated March 4).[54] US
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 (chart dated March 4).[54][169] US
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. The group ranked first 19 times on the List of Billboard Social 50 number-one artists since October 2016.[170][171][172] US
MT May 21 1st group win and appearance at Billboard Music Awards show BTS, 2017 Billboard Music Awards show, 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.[13][173][174] US
CH May 29 Korea K-Pop Hot 100 chart reestablished Relaunched on Korean website, Billboard.co.kr, only, as of the chart dated May 29 – June 4, 2017.[175] KR
CH July 15 1st girl group charts on Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles #13, Blackpink, "As If It's Your Last", (chart dated July 15); besting BTS' #15 "Spring Day" to become highest charting group to date.[176] US
F Aug 30 Billboard Fan Army Face-Off win (4th time), 3rd time for one group #1 T-ara's Queens, 3rd year win, with 1,349,680 votes, defeating Liam Payne's Payne's in the final round.[177] US
F Sep 20 Music video has 21 million views in 24 Hours BTS, music video for "DNA", breaking records, fastest group to hit 10 million and 20 million views.[178] US
CH Sep 24 1st album in Top 10 of Billboard 200 chart BTS, #7 debut, Love Yourself: Her, (chart dated October 7); also fourth #1 on World Albums chart and a fifth #1 on World Digital Song Sales for the song "DNA".[179][180] US
B Sep 28 Artists on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (7th time) #18, Twice, (ages, at the time, 18 - 22).[181] US
O Oct 9 Long running girl's group members end contracts Three Girl's Generation members, Sooyoung, Seohyun, and Tiffany don't renew contracts with S.M. Entertainment.[182] KR
IN Oct 20 K-pop artist joins Me Too movement Amber Liu tweets support for #MeToo, and discusses sexual harassment.[183] KR
O Oct 31 Group joins UNICEF in anti-violence campaign BTS, Love Myself (campaign) joined 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.[184] KR
CH Nov 7 1st girl group #1 on same date for World Albums and World Digital Song Sales charts Twice's album, Twicetagram, and single, "Likey" (chart dated November 18); the first girl group to achieve this and second K-pop act after BTS, who charted simultaneously with Wings and "Blood, Sweat & Tears", in 2016; and You Never Walk Alone and "Spring Day", plus Love Yourself:Her and "DNA", both in 2017.[185] US
O Nov 11 1st group performs at the American Music Award show BTS, U.S television debut at the American Music Awards of 2017 where they performed their lead single "DNA".[186] US
F Nov 26 Video reaches 3 billion YouTube views Psy, "Gangnam Style", the 2012 release hit 3 billion views and continues to be the third-most viewed video on YouTube.[187] US
CH Nov 28 1st girl group ties for most #1's on World Album chart Red Velvet #1 debut, Perfect Velvet; their fourth #1 overall and their third #1 this year. They now tie with boy groups B.A.P, Got7 and BTS.[188] US
F Dec 5 Most Tweeted artist of the year BTS are the most tweeted about artist of 2017 beating out western artists such as Justin Bieber and Harry Styles.[189] US
CH Dec 8 1st group with sixth #1 on World Digital Song Sales Chart BTS, "Mic Drop" becomes their sixth #1 on the World Digital Song Sales Chart after jumping 7 spots.[190] US
B Dec 13 K-pop artists on Billboard's 100 Best Songs of 2017 #49 BTS "DNA"[191] US
O Dec 18 Death of K-pop group member at 27-years-old Shinee's Kim Jonghyun passed away on December 18 after going into cardiac arrest. He debuted with the group in 2008.[192] KR
O Dec 20 Billboard Korea relaunches website Billboard Korea's website Billboard.co.kr, with new image and includes the K-Pop Hot 100 chart's weekly updates.[193] KR
IN Dec 21 Pop music (including K-pop) goes global in 2017 K-Town's Jeff Benjamin credits successful Spanish language music like "Despacito" and Korean language music like BTS's "DNA", and more, as evidence that "English is no longer a requirement for mainstream U.S. success".
Jesus Lopez, chairman/CEO of Universal Music Latin Entertainment and Universal's Iberian Peninsula division accounts that music consumption, through streaming music and videos, has lowered the language barrier.[194]
US
O Dec 27 Long running girl group disbands miss A, together since 2010, confirmed their breakup on December 27, according to their company, JYP Entertainment.[195] KR
CH Dec 27 1st K-pop feature on Rock Digital Song Sales chart #2, RM features, rapping in English, on the debut Fall Out Boy remix "Champion", (chart dated January 3); marks new territory in the rock charts.[196] US

2018[edit]

T M D Event Details L
C Jan 9 Group continues tour after member's death Shinee decides to continue Japanese concerts in February following Jonghyun's death.[197] KR
O Jan 22 1st gay K-pop idol Holland debuts as the first gay K-pop idol with single "Neverland".[198] KR
CH Jan 30 Posthumous Billboard 200 debut #177 debut, Jonghyun, Poet | Artist, (chart dated February 3), as a posthumous release.[199] US
CH Feb 1 Two acts on Billboard 200 for 2nd time on same chart date BTS, #90 (for the 16th week on the chart dated February 3), Love Yourself: Her and Jonghyun, #177 (debut) Poet/Artist.[87] US
O Feb 12 1st RIAA Certification for a group BTS' "Mic Drop" (February 6) and "DNA" (February 9) were certified gold (half a million sales units) by the RIAA; the first group, after soloist Psy's "Gangnam Style" in 2013.[73] US
CH Feb 13 1st time for two artists on Canadian Hot 100 on same chart date #87 debut, Red Velvet, "Bad Boy", (chart dated February 17), along with #86, BTS, "Mic Drop", on the chart for 11 weeks.[200] US
B Feb 15 Artists on Billboard magazine cover (3rd time) and cover story BTS, first time for a group, on the Billboard edition dated February 17, included eight different covers, a BTS stand-alone, and one each of the seven group members; and, for the first time, a limited-edition box set, with eight full-size posters and the eight issue versions.
The issue and website featured an article of the cover photo shoot and interviews, conducted in Seoul.[201][202]
US
C Feb 21 1st group to headline at New York's Barclays Center Got7, Barclays Center, Eyes On You Tour, sold-out last show for the North American leg at the 19,000-capacity arena.[203] US
MT Feb 25 Performances at 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony CL and Exo represent K-pop, perform along with several Western artists.[204] KR
IN Feb 26 #MeToo hits South Korean music industry Rapper Don Malik (Moon In-sub) admits to sexually harassing a fan and is expelled by his agency.[205] KR
CH Mar 5 Highest charting solo act on Billboard 200 #63, BTS' J-Hope, Hope World, (chart dated March 10), now the highest charting solo K-pop act on the Billboard 200.[206] US
O Mar 26 Death of K-pop group member at 33-years-old Seo Minwoo passed away from cardiac arrest on March 25. He was the leader of the K-pop boy band 100%.[207] KR
F Mar 27 1st group with one million Shazams BTS, "Mic Drop" has been shazamed one million times, achieved in four months and eleven days.[208] O
CH May 2 1st artists top Emerging Artists chart #1, NCT, (peaked on the chart dated May 5), along with a #4 on the Social 50 chart.[209] US
B May 20 2nd time group win Billboard Music Award BTS, 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Top Social Artist, second year in a row.[210] US
MT May 20 1st performers at Billboard Music Award show BTS, 2018 Billboard Music Awards, receive award and perform television debut of new song "Fake Love".[210]
CH May 27 1st group in Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 #10 debut, BTS, "Fake Love", (chart dated June 2), join soloist Psy's two top ten chartings; along with their first #1 on the Digital Song Sales chart.[211] US
CH May 27 1st #1 album on Billboard 200 #1 debut, BTS, Love Yourself: Tear, (chart dated June 2).[212][213] US
CH Jun 25 Highest charting girl group on Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 #55, Blackpink, "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", (debut on the chart dated June 30), second after Wonder Girls' 2009 "Nobody" at #76. And a #40 debut for their EP Square Up on the Billboard 200.[214] US
CH Jun 25 1st girl group tops Emerging Artists chart #1, Blackpink, (chart dated June 30); second act overall, after NCT in May.[214] US
F Aug 3 Artist in highly Tweeted viral dance challenge A BTS July 23 tweet, of J-Hope doing Drake's "In My Feelings" dance challenge, has 10.5 million views and was included in the song's official video on August 2.[215] US
F Aug 29 Billboard Fan Army Face-Off win (5th time) #1 Super Junior's E.L.F.s with 2,239,553 votes, defeating Harry Styles's Stylers in the final round.[216] US
CH Sep 2 2nd #1 album on Billboard 200 and 1st artists with three albums in Top 10 #1, BTS, Love Yourself: Answer (chart dated Sep 8); includes several pop music top statistics on Billboard charts, including "first pop act since 2014 with two No. 1 albums in less than a year", following One Direction's feat.[213] US
MT Sep 25-26 1st boy group guests on late-night talk show and U.S. morning show BTS, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performed "Idol" and "I'm Fine" and Good Morning America, performed "Idol"; including interviews on both shows.[217][218] US
C Oct 6 1st U.S. stadium show BTS, Citi Field, 42,000-capacity, sold-out BTS World Tour: Love Yourself, last show for the North American leg.[96] US
B Oct 12 Artists on Billboard annual showcase "21 under 21" (8th time) #20, NCT Dream, (ages, at the time, 16 - 19).[219] US
CH Nov 11 1st group reaches 100th week at #1 on Social 50 chart #1 for 100 non-consecutive weeks, BTS, (chart dated November 17), became the first group and second artist overall, after Justin Bieber, to reach triple-digits at #1 since the chart began in December 2010.[220] US
O Nov 21 1st gold album RIAA Certification, and 1st platinum group single BTS, album Love Yourself:Answer receives gold (half a million sales units), and single "Mic Drop" receives platinum (1 million sales units), along with a gold for single "Idol", all on November 9. Singles "DNA," Fake Love" and "Mic Drop" were certified gold earlier in the year.[221] US
O Dec 7 1st Grammy Award nomination BTS, Love Yourself: Tear, art director HuskyFox, Best Recording Package, 61st Annual Grammy Awards.[222] US
B Dec 11 K-pop artists on Billboard's 100 Best Songs of 2018 #22 BTS "Fake Love", #43 Red Velvet "Bad Boy", #69 Pentagon "Shine", #87 IU "Bbibbi"[223] US

2019[edit]

T M D Event Details L
MT Jan 2 U.S. TV remake of South Korean singing competition show The Masked Singer debut, based on hit show King of Mask Singer, which has included many K-pop stars. The U.S. show tweeted welcomes from BTS, Wanna One and Winner.[224][225] US
O Jan 6 1st group doll collection by major American toy company BTS, Mattel announced the licensing agreement with Big Hit Entertainment at the Hong Kong Toys and Games Fair, set for a summer launch, citing BTS' "global appeal". Mattel's stock price jumped by an 8.26% increase the following day.[226] US
MT Feb 10 1st Grammy Award presenters BTS, presented 61st Annual Grammy Awards, Grammy Award for Best R&B Album to H.E.R., H.E.R. (album).[227] US
MT Feb 12 2nd girl group guests on U.S. morning show and late-night talk show Blackpink, Good Morning America and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performed "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" and announce their upcoming 2019 In Your Area world tour.[228][229] US
F Feb 21 2018 Twitter top account and top tweet BTS was the top tweeted account and a video of J-Hope performing Drake's "In My Feelings" dance challenge was the top tweet.[230] O
IN Feb 21 Twitter announces K-pop tweets for 2018 5.3 billion overall K-pop related tweets in the year of 2018 emanated from these 20 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vietnam.[230] O
B Feb 28 Artists on Billboard magazine cover (4th time) and cover story Blackpink, first girl group, on the Billboard edition dated March 2, included five different covers, a Blackpink stand-alone and one each of the four group members, and a limited-edition box set, with five full-size posters and the five issue versions.
The issue and website featured an article of the cover photo shoot and interviews, conducted in Los Angeles.[231][232]
US
IN Feb 28 Streaming sites report major K-pop growth Spotify, since 2015, listening has increased by 65 percent annually; Apple Music, yearly growth with an 86 percent increase in the U.S. between 2017 and 2018; Pandora's girl group station increased 182 percent in 2018 and the boy band station by 90 percent.[233] US
IN Feb 28 100 percent K-pop growth in sales and streaming A Billboard analysis of Nielsen's sales data of 17 acts on the Billboard charts for the past decade estimated that sales and streaming activity rose almost 100 percent and more per year, for the past four years, with a 166 percent increase from 2017 to 2018.
2018's activity was mainly from BTS, with their physical sales activity at 41 percent; while overall U.S. physical sales decreased by double-digits.[234]
US
IN Feb 28 U.S. chain store company to sell K-pop music/items and report to South Korean chart Trans World Entertainment announced they will add a K-pop section to its 210 U.S. stores and websites, to sell music and merchandise; and have signed an agreement with chart company Hanteo[235] to report K-pop music sales.[234] US
IN Mar 11-
14
Wide ranging K-pop scandal begins Dubbed the Burning Sun scandal[236] after a Gangnam nightclub underwent investigation for "illegal narcotics use, sexual assaults and corrupt deals with police officials”. It led to the retirement of four idols within days, Seungri of Big Bang (March 11), Jung Joon-young of Drug Restaurant (March 12), Yong Jun-hyung of Highlight (March 14), and Choi Jong-hoon of F.T. Island (March 14).[237][238][239][240] KR
C Mar 20-21 1st girl group holds Japan dome tour Twice, "#Dreamday" tour, started with two sold out dates at Kyocera Dome Osaka, 55,000 capacity; followed by dates at the Tokyo Dome and Nagoya Dome.[241] O
B Apr 4 1st group nominated for Top Duo/Group Billboard Music Awards BTS, 2019 Billboard Music Awards, May 1; also nominated for Top Social Artist (3rd year), along with Exo and Got7, and will perform (2nd year), "Boy with Luv" with Halsey.[242][243][244] US
C Apr 12 1st girl group performs at Coachella Blackpink, performed "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du", "Kill This Love", and Jennie Kim's "Solo", among others.[245] US
MT Apr 13 1st musical guest performance on Saturday Night Live BTS, performed "Boy With Luv" and "Mic Drop".[246][247] US

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