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BTS song 'Life Goes On' debuts at No. 1 on U.S. chart in foreign language first

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This is what American music has come to.

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Dynamite is a better song, but hey...

IMHO, this just go to show how cosmopolitan main stream America is, and it's a good sign. America exports rap and hip hop, it comes back as K Pop, how cheerful is that?

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stupid or below song, billboard desperately needs K-pop to keep its social media entertaining.Its a deliberate push to woo Asian base in their dying market.

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stupid or below song, billboard desperately needs K-pop to keep its social media entertaining.Its a deliberate push to woo Asian base in their dying market.

The West needs to tap into the Asian market, mostly China. However, China is extremely protectionist and insular. Their artists are sponsored by the state elites, so they won't allow any competition from the outside forces.

Kpop is the best thing able to penetrate into China.

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Two things:

1) The way these rankings are calculated in the internet fake views/downloads farming era can in no way be compared to the era when The Beatles were topping the (actual, legitimate) charts. The pop music industry has been in overall decline for over a decade and this is just the latest move to appeal to the Asian market and Asian diaspora in the US.

2) Like all other attempts to promote "woke" agenda, these effemiate, weak, cosmetically altered "men" are the literal antithesis of masculinity. If it wasn't for bots, fake view farming and help from mainstream media like this paid South Korean goverment PR article from AFP, this genre would get ignored out of existence in the US and other western markets, just like boy bands did in the 2000's.

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BTS topping the charts, Trump as a president, come on America you can make better choices in life!

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So this song has 163,942,992 views on YouTube. It is not such an interesting song to me, but I guess lots of people like it. I'll take SMAP any day.

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Why not? "Disco Duck" sold something like 6 million copies. My friends and I sang along to Kraftwerk not knowing what they were talking about - 'ich, knee san shee(?)' - and I still don't know for sure (German? Japanese?), don't care either but still listen to them now. "Ina Gadda Davida" has an unintelligible title and lyrics but is a classic. Patti LaBelle sang a song partly in French, not really knowing what she was saying and neither did the vast majority who heard it. I sang along to many catchy Japanese tunes when I got here not knowing the true words. Point being, if people like it, they like it and it doesn't need to be in their native tongue. "Gangnam Style" really opened up people to Korea and now they are blowing the doors off. Don't know anything about BTS, but more power to them. It's good for the world and I agree with Sh1mon above.

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@hillclimber

spot on !

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More Americans finally getting used to foreign language songs - can only be a good sign

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Absolutely not interested in this stuff, but it can't be worse than pineapple.

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Pukey2.

LOL

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MocheakeDec. 2  07:28 pm JST

Why not? "Disco Duck" sold something like 6 million copies. My friends and I sang along to Kraftwerk not knowing what they were talking about - 'ich, knee san shee(?)' - and I still don't know for sure (German? Japanese?), don't care either but still listen to them now. "Ina Gadda Davida" has an unintelligible title and lyrics but is a classic. Patti LaBelle sang a song partly in French, not really knowing what she was saying and neither did the vast majority who heard it. I sang along to many catchy Japanese tunes when I got here not knowing the true words. Point being, if people like it, they like it and it doesn't need to be in their native tongue. "Gangnam Style" really opened up people to Korea and now they are blowing the doors off. Don't know anything about BTS, but more power to them. It's good for the world and I agree with Sh1mon above.

In the 50s there was a #1 by a Japanese artist, it was sung in Japanese. I love Kraftwerk and I was supposed to see this pioneering German band but CoVid-19 shelved everything for the time being. I remember growing up with Nena's '99 Luftballons', a German song that reached #2. There was Falco. 'Macarena' sucks big time and so does 'Disco Duck' and the 'Ketchup Song'. And Paul Simon on his his classic 'Graceland' album has a song where Ladysmith Black Mambaza sing the lyrics in Zulu, a language of which I know nothing, but it's catchy anyway.

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starpunk:

In the 50s there was a #1 by a Japanese artist, it was sung in Japanese.

Pretty sure you're thinking of Kyu Sakamoto's "Sukiyaki" (as it was titled in English) which hit No 1 in the UK also. Japanese title was Ue o Muite Arukō, I Look Up As I Walk. Great song. 1963, not the 50s.

Whatever people think of the BTS song, it's extremely rare for a foreign-language song to hit No. 1 anywhere in the English-speaking world. That's the complete opposite to the rest of the world, which has always been very open to songs sung in English. I think it's a real achievement for the Korean band.

I remember 99 Luftballons also. Another great song, better in German than in English. Hit here in Australia too.

Sukiyaki/Ue o Muite Arukō:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C35DrtPlUbc

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BigYen

I remember as a kid hearing that song on AM radio but like Kraftwerk's classic 'Autobahn' (sung in German) it just phonetically sounds like 'gibberish', at least when you're that young. Also there was the Spanish language 'Eres Tu' ('Touch the Wind') that hit big in America. When I was a teenager there was '99 Luftballons' which is far better in its original German. When I was in the military stationed in California Los Lobos' cover of 'La Bamba' hit #1, it's entirely in Spanish.

Since then I've seen two Japanese rock bands. The lady punk trio Shonen Knife sings in English but the psychedelic Acid Mother Temple sings what few lyrics they use entirely in Japanese. I've also seen Sukwinder Singh of India (he sings in whatever), Ladysmith Black Mambazo (Zulu), Mdou Moctar (Tuareg, he's from Niger), 57 (Korean), and last year I saw The Hu (Mongolian). And U2 did a song in their native Celtic long long ago but I never saw them perform that one.

It's everywhere now, in every language. And I know it's solid rock'n'roll, I like it, like it, yes I do.

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