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Goodbye, not 'Hello': BTS steals world record from Adele by topping iTunes charts in 103 countries

The K-pop group's latest release, 'Black Swan', has achieved something no other song has

BTS and Adele are the only artists to have topped the iTunes charts in more than 100 countries. 
BTS and Adele are the only artists to have topped the iTunes charts in more than 100 countries. 

Adele can wave goodbye, rather than Hello, to one of her record-breaking titles.

The British songstress was this week usurped by BTS as the artist that hit No 1 on the iTunes charts in the most countries.

While Adele's 2015 track Hello hit the top spot in 102 nations, the K-pop group's latest release, Black Swan, on Sunday night edged into front place.

By taking the No 1 spot on the Apple-owned charts in Cape Verde, the seven-piece smashed the record, sparking the hashtag #BTSWORLDDOMINATION to trend worldwide.

Adele, however, still remains the only female artist to have scored the top iTunes spot in more than 100 countries.

Black Swan, which was first released in January, was the first single from the album Map of the Soul: 7.

BTS is one of the world’s biggest boy bands, with a huge and devoted fan base. They’ve had a massively successful run in the past couple of years, making history as the first Korean group to reach the top of the Billboard 200 chart – not once, but three times.

The septet formed in Seoul in 2013 and broke into the US pop market in 2017, becoming the first Korean group to win a Billboard Music Award.

Adele, meanwhile, confirmed last month that the release of her fourth studio album had been delayed, stating the planned September release has been pushed back amid the pandemic.

“It isn’t coming in September, it’ll be ready when it’s ready,” her manager, Jonathan Dickins, added.

Adele, 32, is, however, reportedly working with producer Raphael Saadiq on the highly anticipated album.

A source told The Sun that Adele "wants her next album to be full of soul, with a more eclectic sound."

Saadiq has crafted hits for the likes of Whitney Houston, Mary J Blige and Solange Knowles.

Updated: July 6, 2020 04:01 PM

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