Wow! The @KoreaSociety will award its highest honor, the James A. Van Fleet Award, to 3 recipients: American veterans who served in the Korean War, the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry...and @BTS_twt. #BTS will accept their award virtually in Oct.https://t.co/HuFVWRxvVs pic.twitter.com/8feuFyW7FS— Jae-Ha Kim 김재하 (@GoAwayWithJae) August 7, 2020
BTS will be one of the recipients of the James A. Van Fleet Award this year, a prestigious award given by The Korea Society since 1995 for contributions to the promotion of U.S.-Korea relations.
BTS will be presented with the award at The Korea Society’s 2020 Annual Gala on Wednesday, October 7, which, the organization has announced, will be held virtually due to health and safety concerns surrounding COVID-19.
Previous recipients of the award include former United States president George W. Bush in 2017, SM Entertainment’s Lee Soo Man in 2012, former UN Secretary-General and former South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki Moon in 2004, and many more.
BTS's "Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~ goes Triple Platinum in Japan; TWICE's "Fanfare" goes Platinum
The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has announced new certifications for BTS and TWICE’s latest Japanese releases!
On the RIAJ’s list of certifications for the month of July, it was revealed that BTS’s “Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~” has reached triple platinum status.
The group’s fourth Japanese full album “Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~” came out on July 15. It includes 13 songs in total, with Japanese versions of many of their Korean tracks and two new original Japanese songs: the title track “Stay Gold” and “Your Eyes Tell,” which was co-written by Jungkook.
To be certified as triple platinum by the RIAJ, an album must reach 750,000 copies shipped.
In addition, TWICE’s latest Japanese single “Fanfare” has gone platinum. The single came out on July 8 and it includes their new Japanese song “Fanfare” as well as a Japanese version of their latest Korean comeback track “MORE & MORE.”
Platinum status is reached by a release once it hits 250,000 copies shipped.
BTS's "Map of the Soul: 7" scores Guinness World Records title of Best-Selling Album in Korean History
On August 6, Guinness World Records announced that BTS’s album “Map of the Soul: 7” has earned the title of the “best-selling album (South Korea).” It has now overtaken their 2019 album “Map of the Soul: Persona,” which achieved the title last year.
“Map of the Soul: 7” is BTS’s fourth full album. It came out in February 2020 and features the title track “ON.” Guinness World Records reports that the album sold 4,265,617 copies by June 2020, making BTS the best-selling act of all time in South Korea.
In addition to topping charts in Korea, “Map of the Soul: 7” also reached No. 1 on album charts in the world’s five biggest music markets: the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France, becoming the first Asian group to achieve this feat.
BTS is currently gearing up to release their new English-language single “Dynamite” on August 21.
Sources: @GoAwayWithJae, The Korea Society via Soompi, Recording Industry Association of Japan via Soompi, Guinness World Records via Soompi, BANGTANTV