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    BTS’ V’s ‘Layover’ exceeds 1.6 billion streams on Spotify

    V (also known as Kim Taehyung) of BTS‘ first solo album ‘Layover‘ has achieved a remarkable milestone by surpassing 1.6 billion streams on Spotify, solidifying his position as a rising star in the music industry.

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    V’s ‘Layover’ breaks records

    V’s first solo album, ‘Layover,’ reached a significant milestone on June 24 when it surpassed a total of 1.6 billion streams on Spotify. This achievement is even more impressive considering that the album was released just 289 days prior on September 8 the previous year, making it the fastest K-pop solo album to reach this milestone.

    Unconventional sound and critical acclaim

    ‘Layover’ stands out for its unique jazzy sound, a departure from typical K-pop music trends. This unconventional approach showcases V’s artistic vision and sets him apart as a versatile and captivating musician. A leading overseas music magazine named V’s album as the Best of 2023, highlighting his exceptional talent and creativity.

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    Accolades and recognition

    The success of ‘Layover’ extends beyond streaming numbers. The album received critical acclaim from industry experts, with Billboard ranking it as the second-best K-pop album of 2023. The magazine praised V’s musicality and album for showcasing his unique style and influences, like jazz and lo-fi music.

    At the 2024 iHeartRadio Music Awards, ‘Layover’ clinched the coveted title of ‘Favorite Debut Album’. Additionally, Rolling Stone, a renowned music publication, recognized the song ‘Rainy Days’ from ‘Layover’ as the 58th best song of 2023, marking it as the highest-ranking K-pop solo song on the list.

    Global appeal and chart-topping success

    The popularity of ‘Layover’ transcends borders, as evidenced by its success on various international music charts. The album topped iTunes album chart in 101 countries, making V the fourth Asian solo artist to achieve this milestone. V’s ability to connect with audiences worldwide speaks to his universal appeal and musical prowess.

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