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K-pop stars BTS leading Spotify hit lists in UAE and Saudi

Seven-member boy band set to take the stage in Riyadh concert on October 11

K-pop stars BTS leading Spotify hit lists in UAE and Saudi
Ahead of their highly anticipated concert in Riyadh on October 11, the seven-member boy band has topped the most streamed artist in the K-pop genre in both KSA and the UAE.

South Korean sensations BTS have a record six songs in the top 10 list of most streamed K-pop tracks on Spotify in the UAE and four out of ten in Saudi Arabia.

Ahead of their highly anticipated concert in Riyadh on October 11, the seven-member boy band has topped the most streamed artist in the K-pop genre in both KSA and the UAE.

The group’s record-breaking collaboration with American pop-star Halsey, ‘Boy With Luv’, is the number one most streamed K-pop song in KSA and the UAE.

On Spotify, more than 80.3 million K-pop playlists and 2.4 million hours have been spent this year streaming K-pop music.

And according to a release from the company, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Morocco are the top countries in the MENA region listening to music of this fast tempo genre.

The second most streamed artist within the K-pop genre in Saudi Arabia and the UAE is the four member girl-group Blackpink, with their ‘Kill This Love’ track the second most listened to in the two countries.

“Witnessing the massive popularity and demand that Korean pop music enjoys in the region is just mind-blowing. Despite the fact that K-pop is coming from a different culture and is in a different language, its catchy and engaging style has managed to mesmerize hundreds of thousands of people from Saudi Arabia and the UAE," said Claudius Boller, managing director for Middle East and Africa at Spotify.

Most streamed K-pop artists in Saudi Arabia

  1. BTS
  2. BLACKPINK
  3. TWICE
  4. iKON
  5. (G)I-DLE
  6. RM
  7. Stray Kids
  8. Monsta X
  9. EXO
  10. CHUNG HA

Most streamed K-pop artists in the United Arab Emirates 

  1. BTS
  2. BLACKPINK
  3. TWICE
  4. iKON
  5. Stray Kids
  6. RM
  7. Red Velvet
  8. GOT7
  9. SEVENTEEN
  10. EXO