BTS V's 'LayOver' Sets Record on UK Official Chart: NME Says, 'Worth the Wait'
BTS's V has written a new chapter in K-pop history by staying on the UK Official Chart for the longest duration ever for a K-pop solo artist. V's solo album 'LayOver' achieved a historic feat by simultaneously ranking first in three categories on the UK Official Chart: Single Download Chart, Single Sales Chart, and Album Download Chart, right after its release.
In its fifth week since release in October, 'LayOver' is still holding strong at 9th place on the UK Official Album Download Chart, while 'Slow Dancing' continues to climb the UK Official Single Download and Sales Charts, setting the record for the longest-charting K-pop soloist. This proves V's soaring popularity in the UK.
Tracks from 'LayOver' including 'Love Me Again', 'Rainy Days', 'For Us', and 'Blue' have also consistently charted for five consecutive weeks, showcasing their strong streaming power.
On the UK iTunes Album Chart, V's 'LayOver' stunned by securing the top spot, competing against renowned pop stars like Drake, Ed Sheeran, and ABBA.
Not just the songs and album, but the music videos also made waves in the UK. The music video for 'Love Me Again' from 'LayOver' became the first by a K-pop artist to simultaneously top the 'Tidal UK Top Video' chart and Apple Music UK Video Chart.
V's solo tracks have consistently shown impressive results on the UK Official Chart. In the first week of January 2022, the drama OST 'Christmas Tree' ranked second on both the Single Download and Sales Charts, while 'Sweet Night' also made it to the top 10 for two consecutive weeks on both charts.
The UK music magazine NME, in its review of 'LayOver', commented, "V possesses a profound soul in music. It's not surprising that 'LayOver' starts in a serene, nostalgic world. V's voice reaches its peak, becoming lyrical and deeply resonant, giving listeners goosebumps."
They added, "The tonal choices V made are harmonious, and the album exudes sophistication. V doesn't merely dwell on the past but infuses a classic sound with his modern twist."
NME, analyzing the tracks of 'LayOver' individually, concluded, "V chose artistry over commerciality. He might have made us wait, but it's absolutely worth it."
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