Later today they will also be the first ever K-pop band to perform on popular USA show Saturday Night Live. The Korean septet has built a fan base that's broad (its videos are viewed many hundreds of millions of times each), deep (its fans tend to be intensely devoted, especially on social media) and fully worldwide (its new record, Map of the Soul: Persona, is nearly certain to top the USA album charts this week).
Stay tuned for footage of BTS'SNL performance when it becomes available. It is also the sixth K-pop group music video to gather half a billion views.
BTS's music video for their song "Fake Love" has reached 500 million views!
This week has been sensational for BTS: the band broke YouTube's one-day viewing record, notching 78 million views for their collaboration with Halsey and 2 million comments. See more on BTS in the video below.
In previews for the show released earlier, cast member Cecily Strong and Emma Stone freaked out just standing on stage with the band. On Weekend Update, Colin Jost joked that President Donald Trump was "more obsessed with WikiLeaks than this audience is with BTS".
Pope literally begs for peace in South Sudan
The pontiff said he hoped "that political and ethnic divisions will be surmounted, and that there will be a lasting peace for the common good of all those citizens who dream of beginning to build the nation".
3 killed, 4 injured in Nepal plane crash near Mount Everest
The airport, built in 1964, is rated as one of the most unsafe airports in the world due to strong tailwinds and a short runway. Lukla airport is the nearest airport to Mount Everest, while April-May is the peak climbing season in the Himalayan country.
China: Exports bounce on base effects - ING
China's exports rebounded from a slump in March and sales to the United States rose despite President Donald Trump's tariff hikes. The country's trade surplus - the gap between exports and imports - jumped to $32.6bn (£24.9bn), from $4.1bn in February.