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South Korean boy-band phenomenon BTS bringing world tour back to Chicago in May

South Korean boy-band phenomenon BTS bringing world tour back to Chicago in May
Korean K-pop band 'BTS' are seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on November 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, Calif. (RB/Bauer-Griffin / GC Images)

South Korean boy-band phenomenon BTS is returning to Chicago this spring, bringing its “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” world tour to Soldier Field on Saturday, May 11.

The group was last in Chicago with two sold-out shows at United Center in Oct. 2018, after making their debut at the Rosemont Theater in 2015.

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Formed by entertainment company Big Hit Entertainment in 2012, BTS — also known as the Bangtan Boys and “Beyond the Scene” — has sold millions of albums worldwide. In 2018, the K-pop act became the first of its kind to chart on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart; its third album “Love Yourself: Tear” debuting at No. 1, selling the equivalent of 135,000 sales in the United States, of which 100,000 were traditional album sales according to Nielsen Music — and knocking rap-rocker Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys” to No. 2.

In 2017, BTS became one of the first Korean pop acts to perform at the American Music Awards and the first to win a Billboard music award the same year. The following year, it was the first of its genre to perform at the Billboard Music Awards.

Harnessing the power of social media and music sharing websites Soundcloud and Youtube to develop its rabid, international fanbase, the act even has its own “alternate universe” platform that gives fans access to the group's music videos, social media, teasers, short films and webtoons that further explain its story line and artistry.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. through Live Nation.

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