Jimin, one of the members of K-Pop stars BTS, started 2019 in impressive style, by breaking SoundCloud’s record for most first-day streams of a track.
Jimin uploaded a song called ‘Promise’ on 31 December, and it raced to 8.5m SoundCloud streams in its first 24 hours, smashing the record held by Drake’s ‘Duppy Freestyle’, which notched up 4.9m first-day streams last May.
According to SoundCloud, while South Korea was unsurprisingly the biggest country for streams of ‘Promise’, it was also popular in the US, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan. Jimin’s solo milestone comes shortly after BTS’ ‘Fake Love’ unseated ‘Gangnam Style’ as the most-streamed K-Pop track on Spotify.
The track now has 185.6m Spotify streams compared to 183.6m for Psy’s horse-dancetastic hit. ‘Gangnam Style’ remains king of YouTube though: ‘Fake Love’ has a decent 416m views on that platform, compared to the 3.2bn views for Psy’s track.