Boy band BTS have become the first Korean act to get to number one in the UK album chart. 

The seven-member K-pop group went straight in at the top after 26,500 sales of Map of The Soul: Persona.

They are now lined up for two huge shows at London’s Wembley Stadium in June as part of their upcoming world tour.

The second date was added after the first sold out in 90 minutes.

BTS have also sold out the Stade de France in Paris and several arenas in the US.

Despite being active since 2013, in the last few months, BTS – short for Bangtan Boys – have taken the world by storm and are now one of the most popular groups in the world.

Early in 2018, the band, who mostly sing in Korean, became the first from South Korea to achieve a gold sales certification in the US.

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They have gone on to have two number one US Billboard chart albums and have 19 million Twitter followers.

Billboard website says the phenomenon in part stems from a change in strategy by K-pop record label bosses to target Western markets after China banned South Korean music in the wake of a US-South Korea missile-system agreement in 2016.

courtesy of Sky News