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.


    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.


    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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