Billboard reported Monday that the South Korean boy band now tops the most views of a music video on YouTube in its first 24 hours, with their new video "Idol," which debuted last Friday. "Idol" earned more than 45 million views within a day for the video-streaming site and has now surpassed previous record holder Taylor Swift's music video "Look What You Made Me Do," which had 43.2 million views in the same time period.
Besides beating out Swift for the highest 24-hour debut, BTS exceeded their own previous record music video views with their "Fake Love" video from last May, which had earned 35.9 million views within the 24 hour period.
At the time of this article on Tuesday, "Idol" has now reached over 93 million views -- yes, you read that right -- and is #42 trending video on YouTube.
In the mesmerizing "Idol" video, K-Pop superstars V, Jeon Jung-kook, Jimin, Suga, Jin, RM and J-Hope dance up a storm with intricate choreography against the backdrop of even more elaborate visuals, which really just need to be seen to be believed.
"You can call me artist (artist)/ You can call me idol (idol)/ Or any other something you come up with/ I don't care I'm proud of it/ I'm free/ No more irony/ For I was always myself," RM and J-Hope rap on the track, followed up by the hook most American listeners will be singing: "Oh-oh-owoah/ Oh-oh-owoah-owoah!"
But wait, that's not all the boy band had in store for their millions of fans last Friday.
BTS also dropped an epic remix of the song with Nicki Minaj. The new version of the hit is featured on their new album "Love Yourself: Answer," the third and final part of their record-breaking "Love Yourself" series.
"Love Yourself: Answer" follows "Love Yourself: Tear," which became the first-ever No. 1 album by a Korean act on the Billboard 200 chart after it was released in May. Before that album, BTS released "Love Yourself: Her" last September.
The latest album is a compilation (known as a repackage in South Korea) and includes more than two dozen tracks. The compilation features new songs, but also contains other past popular singles such as "DNA" and "Fake Love," while also containing some remixes and extended versions of other hits.
Listen to their entire album on Spotify, below. The Minaj remix is the last track.