On Tuesday, Dec. 22, The New York Post released their "The 5 Worst Songs of 2020" list to their website. To many people's surprise, the list included popular songs from BTS and BLACKPINK. Keep on reading to see the songs that were selected and why.
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The publication noted that this whole year felt "out of tune," most likely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the economic anxiety, and the Presidential election in the United States, to name a few reasons. While most publications celebrated the songs that brought light to the year, that transported us to a place that was not our bedroom, and this publication instead highlighted the song that "hit all the wrong notes."
The BTS song that was selected is "Dis-ease", which comes from BTS's most recent studio album, "Be". "Dis-ease" addressed the current coronavirus crisis with an upbeat tune. The song sends a message of strength and is filled with puns talking about different forms of illnesses. The song uses brassy instruments, loud drums, laced horns, guitars, and almost jarring scratching noise.
The reason why it was selected as one of the worst songs of the year is because of the cheesiness of the puns. According to the New York Post, it was a "major disservice."
However, the publication does note that even in the pandemic, BTS rose to the top and had many reasons to celebrate the year. The group released their all-English single "Dynamite" in Aug., with the song debuting at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first time a South Korean act achieved a number one hit single in the United States.
They got their second number one hit with their BTS remix "Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat)" with Jason Derulo and Jaesh 685. In Nov., their single "Life Goes On" debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the first Korean language song to hit number one in the United States. This means that BTS had three consecutive number ones in just three months, making them the fastest band to do so since The Beatles in 1964.
The BLACKPINK song that was selected is "Bet You Wanna (feat. Cardi B)". This song is a b-side track included in the girl group's first full-length album, "THE ALBUM." The song was co-written by Cardi B and is her first time doing a verse with no curse words and keeping it completely PG. The song is an upbeat party song that talks about promising your significant other a good time until they are hooked. The song was praised as a club-ready bop and is minimal yet still hype.
However, The New York Post did not agree. The publication noted that BLACKPINK has worked with other powerhouses, such as Lady Gaga for "Sour Candy" and Selena Gomez for "Ice Cream." "Bet You Wanna," which comes in following the massive success of Cardi B's "WAP," was just "wack," according to them.
This year was still massively successful despite their criticism of "Bet You Wanna." The group dropped their album "THE ALBUM," with the main single "Lovesick Girls" back in Oct. "THE ALBUM" peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and the UK Album Chart, making the group the highest-charting K-pop girl group on the charts. The album also made them the first K-pop girl to become a million sellers, selling 1.2 million copies in less than a month.
The group also released their documentary with Netflix on Oct., titled "BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky". The documentary covered the past four years of their career, from their debut in 2016 to now.
BTS And BLACKPINK Among The Top 12 Most Viewed Musical Artists on YouTube
According to the data, BTS is the most-viewed musical artists on the platform, they've got 6.19 billion views just in this year as of Monday, Dec. 21. BLACKPINK, who gained 4.56 billion views this year, ranked third on the rankings. They are the only K-pop groups that can make it to the top 12.
Previously, BTS made headlines for breaking the record for most concurrent viewers for the video premiere of "Dynamite" with 3 million peak concurrent viewers, beating out BLACKPINK's record of 1.66 million views. They also broke the record for the fastest YouTube video to reach 10 million views, reaching the number only 20 minutes after its release. After that, It broke the record for most-viewed YouTube video in the first 24 hours, garnering over 101.1 million views and breaking three new Guinness World Records - most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours, most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours, and most-viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group.
Besides, the music video for "Dynamite" is the fastest in YouTube history to surpass 200 million views, doing so in just four days and twelve hours after it dropped. It is also the fasted to surpass 400 million views, doing so 35 days after its release. It crossed 600 million views back on Nov. 16, just 27 days after the music video passed 500 million views. Currently, "Dynamite" as 711 million views.
BTS's most-viewed music video, however, is "DNA", which was released in Sept. 2017. At the time of its release, it was the most viewed video in 24 hours by a K-pop group with 22 million views. Back in June, it surpassed one billion views, making it the first BTS music video to do so. It currently has 1.1 billion views.
Back in June, BLACKPINK made headlines following the release of "How You Like That". At the time of its release, it was the most-streamed music video premiere on the platform, with it reaching 1.66 million concurrent viewers at its peak. It also broke the record for the most viewed music video within the first 24 hours of its release at the time with 86.3 million views and was the fastest to hit 100 million views, doing so 32 hours after the drop of the music video. BTS's music video for "Dynamite" later broke those records. On Oct. 21, the music video surpassed 600 million views. Currently, "How You Like That" has 703 million views.
BLACKPINK's most-viewed music video "DDU-DU DDU-DU", which was released in June 2018. At the time of its release, it was the most viewed music video in the first 24 hours by a K-pop group and the second most-watched music video of all time within 24 hours of its release with 36.2 million views. The music video hit 100 million views in just 10 days and reached 500 million views five months after its release. In Jan. 2019, it hit 500 million views, and by Nov. 2019, it had hit 1 billion views. Currently, it has 1.4 billion views.
Other than K-pop, reggaeton was also a popular music genre on YouTube, according to the data. The genre gained fame in Panama and Puerto Rico in the 1980s, though the genre has been around since the 1970s. It was originally known as "Reggae in Spanish". Sitting between BTS and BLACKPINK is Puerto Rico's Bad Bunny with 5.5 billion views.
Other notable artists who made the list include Billie Eilish, Justin Bieber, and Ed Sheeran.