BTS member Jimin/Courtesy of BigHit Entertainment

Members of boy band dominate table

The seven members of K-pop superstar band BTS were named top idols for April, according to the Korea Institute of Corporate Reputation that compiles related data including media attention and comments on social network sites on a monthly basis.

Data collected from March 26 to April 27 showed BTS members Jimin and Jungkook took the top two places. The former scored 15.8 million points, up 14.78 percent from a month ago, while the latter had 11.7 million points, up 35.57 percent.

Coming in at third was Daniel Kang, a member of Wanna One, another Korean boy band.

The remaining five BTS members placed between fourth and eighth from V to Jin, RM, Suga and J-Hope.

“With regard to Jimin, people talked about such issues as YouTube, ARMY and donation,” said an official from the institute. “Up to 93.8 percent of comments on Jimin were positive.”

BTS dropped its fourth studio album “Map of the Soul: Persona,” on April 12, putting the idol group at the center of global attention. It has since dominated album charts across the world.

In particular, the music video of the album’s title track “Boy With Luv” smashed many records on YouTube, becoming the fastest clip to reach 100 million views on the video sharing platform.

The septet’s video, which featured U.S. singer-songwriter Halsey, achieved the feat in less than 38 hours to break a week-old record, which was set by K-pop girl group BlackPink early this month.

ARMY refers to loyal fans of BTS. It is brief for Adorable Representative MC for Youth.

It was reported that Jimin donated 100 million won (around $86,000) to Busan Metropolitan City Office of Education early this month to help students in the southeastern coastal city.

Jimin was born in the country’s largest port city.


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