The year of 2018 was undeniably a major success for South Korean group BTS.
Every other day or so it felt like new music was coming out or new records were being broken by the seven men, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin and Jungkook. From topping the Billboard 200 twice to speaking at the United Nations about self-affirmation, here’s a look back at just a few of the things that happened to and around BTS and their fan ARMY over the past 12 months.
Dec. 31-Jan. 1: BTS rings in 2018 with a performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.
Jan. 5: BTS shares the first video of the year on their YouTube account, a behind-the-scenes Episode from the Melon Music Awards held the month prior. Their first Bangtan Bomb video of the year is released the next day. They go on to share over 100 videos through their BangtanTV channel in 2018 alone.
Jan 10-11: BTS attends the Golden Disk Awards in Seoul, where they win the album of the year award for Love Yourself: Her.
Jan. 13-14: BTS holds 4th Muster “Happily Ever After” fan meetings in Seoul.
Jan. 17: BTS’ Twitter account surpasses 12 million followers. It would end the year with 17.6 million.
Jan. 18: BBC Radio 1 releases an exclusive interview with the seven.
Jan. 25: The group receives the grand artist of the year award at Seoul Music Awards. Also, Steve Aoki teases some upcoming collaborations with BTS in 2018.
Feb. 3: Desiigner announces that “Mic Drop (Remix)” went gold.
Feb. 6: Backstreet Boys declare their love of BTS.
Feb. 12: The RIAA updates its website, confirming “DNA” and “Mic Drop (Remix)” as BTS’ first singles to become certified gold in the States.
Feb. 15: “BTS Speaks Out in Seoul: The K-Pop Megastars Get Candid About Representing a New Generation” Billboard cover story is published.
Feb. 16: Olympic ice dancers Alex and Maia Shibutani reach out to gift BTS Team USA hats.
Feb. 17: BTS appears on the cover of Billboard magazine, the first ever Korean group to do so.
Feb. 22: J-Hope announces his upcoming Hope World mixtape.
Feb. 25: Uzbeki figure skater Misha Ge performs to “Mic Drop (Remix)” during the figure skating gala event at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
March 2: J-Hope releases Hope World and the “Daydream” music video.
March 5: J-Hope enters the Billboard 200 at No. 63, the highest entry for a solo K-pop act until then.
March 6: J-Hope releases the “Airplane” music video.
March 8: J-Hope debuts at No. 3 on the Emerging Artists chart.
March 13: Jungkook covers Roy Kim’s “Only Then.” Roy Kim covers “Spring Day” in return.
March 14: YouTube Red announces the Burn the Stage docuseries.
March 19: RM teases a bit of the audio of “Seoul,” which would be released later in the year on his mono. playlist.
March 28: BTS becomes the first K-pop group to earn one million Shazams. The same day, Burn the Stage’s first episode premieres on YouTube Red.
April 4: BTS releases the Japanese Face Yourself album.
April 5: The “Euphoria” theme, featuring Jungkook’s solo, teases the upcoming Love Yourself album, the follow-up to 2017’s Love Yourself: Her.
April 11: “Don’t Leave Me” becomes BTS’ seventh No. 1 on the World Digital Song Sales chart. “Idol” would become the band’s eighth later in the year.
April 13: Tinashe expresses interest in working with BTS.
April 16: BTS announces Love Yourself: Tear.
April 18-21: BTS holds the fan meeting “Happy Ever After” in Tokyo.
April 22: “DNA” surpasses BIGBANG’s “Fantastic Baby” as the most-viewed music video on YouTube from a Korean group.
April 23-24: BTS holds the fan meeting “Happy Ever After” in Osaka.
April 24: BTS announces they’ll premiere a new single during the BBMAs in May, when they’ll become the first Korean group to perform at the event.
April 26: BTS announces the Love Yourself world tour.
April 30: Jungkook shares G.C.F in Osaka, the first of several G.C.F (Golden Closet Film) the youngest member shared with fans in 2018.
May 1: Variety reports that BTS will perform new single “Fake Love” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the first time the song’s name is revealed.
May 3: BTS releases the new Most Beautiful Moment in Life note, written from Jungkook’s perspective and dated “22 May Year 22.”
May 4: Star Wars thanks BTS’ ARMY for helping promote its Roar For Change UNICEF campaign on Twitter.
May 6: V’s solo music video for “Singularity” is released as a comeback trailer for Love Yourself: Tear.
May 8: The act begins teasing Love Yourself: Tear album imagery.
May 11: The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announces that Face Yourself is certified platinum.
May 14: The first “Fake Love” teaser video is released.
May 16: BTS releases a second “Fake Love” teaser.
May 18 & 19: BTS talks with Billboard ahead of the Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs).
May 20: BTS performs “Fake Love” at the BBMAs. They win the top social artist award for the second year in a row.
May 25: The band appears on Ellen.
May 27: BTS becomes the first-ever Korean act to top the Billboard 200 with Love Yourself: Tear.
May 28: South Korean president Moon Jae-in congratulates BTS on their first No. 1 album through social media.
May 29: “Fake Love” debuts in the Top 10 on the Hot 100, the highest-ever ranked single from a Korean group in the U.S. It is the 17th predominantly non-English track to ever appear in the Top 10.
May 30: BTS becomes the first Korean act to top the Artist 100 chart.
June 1: BTS kicks off the fifth-anniversary Festa celebration with a rock remix and extended music video for “Fake Love.”
June 3: The group uploads a remix of “Spring Day” to their official Soundcloud account.
June 7: Jin releases a cover of Yoon Do-hyun’s “In Front of the Post Office.”
June 10: RM, Suga and J-Hope release “Ddaeng.”
June 11: “Fake Love” appears on the pop songs chart following “Mic Drop (Remix),” making BTS the first K-pop act with two hits on the chart.
June 12: BTS appears on The Late Late Show With James Corden.
June 13: BTS celebrates their fifth anniversary with the announcement of the upcoming “Five, Always” exhibition.
June 19: Shawn Mendes promises that a collaboration with BTS will happen.
June 20: ARMY and Beyoncé’s Beyhive team up for a streaming party.
June 23: BTS and ARMY win four awards at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards.
June 27: BTS donates to the ALS hospital building fund as the Ice Bucket Challenge reappears in South Korea.
July 7: BTS performs at Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) Super concert in Taipei, Taiwan.
July 14: South Korean media begins circulating reports of an upcoming album from BTS.
July 16: BTS announces the Love Yourself: Answer compilation album.
July 19: Facebook Messenger launches a BTS-Inspired sticker set featuring BT21 characters.
July 21: Steve Aoki performs a remix of Love Yourself: Tear collab “The Truth Untold” at Tomorrowland.
July 23: BT21, BTS’ character collection with Line Friends, announces a new collaboration with Converse.
Aug. 2: J-Hope dances in the credits of Drake’s “In My Feelings” video.
Aug. 6: BTS releases a Most Beautiful Moment In Life note in association with Love Yourself: Answer.
Aug. 8: “Fake Love” is certified gold by the RIAA. BTS also announces their first-ever Stateside stadium-size show, set to take place in October at New York City’s Citi Field.
Aug. 9: Jin reveals his solo song “Epiphany” through the Love Yourself: Answer comeback trailer video.
Aug. 10: Love Yourself: Tear is certified gold by the RIAJ.
Aug. 12: BTS wins the choice international artist award and ARMY wins choice fandom at the 2018 Teen Choice Awards.
Aug. 17: Tickets for BTS’ first stadium-size Stateside show at Citi Field reportedly sell out in within minutes.
Aug. 22: BTS announces the single “Idol” through a teaser video.
Aug. 25: The BTS exhibition “Five, Always” opens in Seoul through Oct. 28. That night, BTS kicks off its Love Yourself world tour, also in Seoul. Before the year ends, they head to nine countries within Asia, North America and Europe and perform over 30 shows.
Aug. 27: YouTube confirms “Idol” has the biggest first-day music video debut of all time on the site. Days later, YouTube confirms “Idol” is the fastest music video on the platform to hit 100 million views in 2018. (Also on Aug. 27, J-Hope performs the “Idol” dance challenge in Malta.)
Aug. 29: Jimin, Jungkook and J-Hope perform the “Idol” dance challenge.
Aug. 30: BTS wins the grand prize at the Soribada Best K-Music Awards.
Sept. 2: Love Yourself: Answer debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the group’s second No. 1 album of the year.
Sept. 4: “Idol,” featuring Nicki Minaj, debuts at No. 11 on the Hot 100.
Sept. 6: The new “Idol” music video with Nicki Minaj comes out.
Sept. 11: BTS holds a talk at the Grammy Museum.
Sept. 12: BTS dances with Tyra Banks and performs on the America’s Got Talent semi-final.
Sept. 16: Big Hit Entertainment pulls planned single “Bird” from an upcoming Japanese release due to controversy surrounding its songwriter.
Sept. 21: Suga shares a remix of “Seesaw” and “I Need U.”
Sept. 24: RM gives a “Speak Yourself” speech at the United Nations.
Sept. 25: The group bonds with Jimmy “Chimmy” Fallon on The Tonight Show and partakes in the Fortnite Dance Challenge.
Sept. 26: BTS appears on Good Morning America.
Oct. 6: BTS holds a final Stateside Love Yourself show at Citi Field in New York.
Oct. 9. Jungkook injures himself ahead of the group’s first show at London’s O2 Arena. He performs seated throughout the concert.
Oct. 10. BTS makes Time‘s Next Generation Leaders list and gets featured on the cover of the Oct. 22 global issue.
Oct. 12. BTS appears on the Graham Norton Show without Jimin, due to an injury.
Oct. 14: BTS performs at the Korea-France Friendship Concert in Paris with South Korean president Moon Jae-In in attendance.
Oct. 17: Big Hit announces that BTS’ members have renewed their contracts with the company for another seven years.
Oct. 20: RM announces a new playlist.
Oct. 22 (23 in Seoul): RM releases the mono. playlist and “Forever Rain” video.
Oct. 23: RM releases the “Seoul” music video.
Oct. 24: The South Korean government awards BTS an order of cultural merit for spreading Korean culture and language at the Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards. Also on the 24th, RM releases the “Moonchild” music video.
Oct. 25: Steve Aoki’s “Waste It on Me,” featuring Jungkook and RM, is released through a lyric video.
Oct. 29: BTS’ RM enters Billboard 200 with mono. at No. 26
Oct. 31: RM earns his first solo No. 1 on a Billboard chart, atop of the Emerging Artists chart.
Nov. 1: “Waste It on Me” appears at No. 11 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, marking BTS’ first appearance on that chart.
Nov. 2: UNICEF Korea tells Korean media that its Love Myself campaign in collaboration with BTS has raised over $1.4 million USD.
Nov. 4: BTS becomes the first Korean act to surpass 1 billion streams on Apple Music.
Nov. 5: “Waste It on Me” enters the Hot 100 at No. 89.
Nov. 6 (7 in Japan): The “Airplane Pt. 2” Japanese version and music video is released. Also on this day, BTS performs with Charlie Puth at the 2018 MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards.
Nov. 8: A planned performance by BTS on Japan’s TV Asahi is canceled amid controversy over a shirt previously worn by Jimin featuring image of an A-bomb being dropped on Japan. It opens up widespread discourse surrounding the historic and current relationship between South Korea and Japan.
Nov. 9: “Mic Drop (Remix)” becomes the group’s first platinum single by the RIAA. Love Yourself: Answer and “Idol” are each recognized as going gold.
Nov. 12: BTS spends a 100th Week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart. They are the first group to ever do so, and the second artist aside from Justin Bieber.
Nov. 13: Big Hit Entertainment issues a statement in response to accusations of BTS allegedly “mocking the past” as the band performs a sold-out show at the Tokyo Dome, despite controversy.
Nov. 14: RM features on “Timeless” on Drunken Tiger’s final album, Drunken Tiger X: Rebirth of Tiger JK.
Nov. 15: Burn the Stage: The Movie opens worldwide.
Nov. 19: Steve Aoki releases the Asian-American star-studded music video for “Waste It on Me.”
Nov. 20: The 2016 song “2! 3!” hits No. 1 on the World Digital Song Sales chart after ARMY rallied together to show solidarity to BTS through a streaming campaign earlier in the month.
Nov. 28: BTS receives the grand prize at the 2018 Asia Artist Awards for “Fake Love” and “Idol.”
Nov. 29: Madonna shares a Michael Jackson tribute video featuring “Waste It on Me.” The same day, Tumblr reveals that BTS is the most popular K-pop act on the site.
Dec. 1: BTS attends the 2018 Melon Music Awards, where they win artist of the year and album of the year awards for Love Yourself: Tear.
Dec. 5: Suga shares an image of audio file he’s seemingly working on for an Ed Sheeran collab. The same day, Twitter announces that BTS is the most tweeted-about celebrity act of the year.
Dec. 7: Love Yourself: Tear is nominated for best recording package at the 61st annual Grammy Awards.
Dec. 9: BTS is involved in a minor car accident in Taiwan.
Dec. 11: BTS wins the Time reader’s poll for person of the year.
Dec. 12: The septet performs at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) 2018 Fans’ Choice event in Japan. The same day, Instagram’s Year in Review reveals BTS’ ARMY as one of the site’s most popular trends of 2018.
Dec. 14: BTS performs at MAMA in Hong Kong, receives artist of the year and album of the year awards and meets Janet Jackson.
Dec. 20: Love Yourself: Answer is recognized as album of the year at 2018 Korea Popular Music Awards.
Dec. 25: The act performs at SBS’ Gayo Daejeon year-end show.
Dec. 28: BTS performs at KBS’ Gayo Daechukje year-end show.
Dec. 31: Jimin releases the solo track “Promise” ahead of BTS’ appearance on MBC’s New Year’s Eve Gayo Daejejeon show. The group also releases a Bangtan Bomb episode wishing ARMY “Happy New Year 2019!” while wearing a pig hat to commemorate 2019 being Year of the Pig in the Korean zodiac.