Year In Music 2016

The Year in World Music Charts: BTS and GOT7 Hit New Heights for K-Pop Acts

BTS perform onstage during the 2015 Asia Song Festival at Busan Asiad Main Stadium on Oct. 11, 2015 in Busan, South Korea.
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BTS perform onstage during the 2015 Asia Song Festival at Busan Asiad Main Stadium on Oct. 11, 2015 in Busan, South Korea.  

K-pop has its biggest year yet on Billboard's year-end charts with BTS and GOT7 leading the pack. The boy bands both land on multiple year-end charts that track world music as the groups help K-pop for the scene's best year-end performance.

The performance of those two releases help BTS land at No. 5 on the year-end World Albums Artists chart, which tallies all the work an artist charted on World Albums through the year. The guys are the highest-ever charting K-pop act on this ranking, too, once again snatching the best ranking from EXO, who landed at No. 7 in both 2014 and 2015.

GOT7 also helps propel K-pop to break more records. 

The seven-member boy band's Fly EP charts at No. 15 on the year-end World Albums chart, also their first appearance on the chart. Remarkably, Fly helps mark 2016 as the year with the most K-pop albums ever on the tally.

Lastly, K-pop also hits new records on the year-end World Digital Songs Artists chart, which tracks the best-performing artists on World Digital Songs throughout the year, with entries from six artists including BTS, EXO, GOT7, Blackpink, PSY and BIGBANG. This is another record for K-pop acts who previously had only sent as many as five entries in the past in 2015. Korean-pop acts have been charting on the year-end World Digital Songs Artists since 2012.