South Korean boy band and international sensation BTS has come in at #43 on the Forbes celebrity earnings list for 2019, tied with Bradley Cooper, P!nk, and Adam Sandler, making roughly $57 million in pretax income in the last year.
The band, comprised of members: Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, RM, Jin, and Jungkook, is the only K-pop group and boy band to be featured on this year’s list. This officially makes them the world’s highest paid K-Pop musicians and boy band for 2019.
This list from Forbes ranks “front of the camera” celebrities by calculating their pretax income between June 1, 2018 through June 1, 2019, before deducting additional fees such as the costs for managers, agents and lawyers.
According to Billboard, a large portion of the boys’ earnings have come from the recent “Love Yourself World Tour” and “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself Stadium Tour”. These tours included sold-out double runs all over the world, such as the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and the Soldier Field Stadium in Chicago.
At the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, the group earned $16.6 million there alone, beating out previous acts such as Taylor Swift, U2, Jay Z & Beyoncé, and Eminem & Rihanna. In total, their first six stadium shows in the US sold nearly 300,000 tickets and grossed $44 million.
Following up with this success, the K-pop group released two concert films “Burn The Stage: The Movie” which brought in $18.5 million and “BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul” which earned $11.7 million worldwide (excluding Korea) as of January.
The boys have yet to slow down, however, as their latest album “Map of the Soul: Persona” has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in April and the band even released a new app called “BTS World” in which fans can virtually manage the K-pop idols.
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