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BTS’ J-Hope makes history at Lollapalooza festival
by. soobyn Park

BTS' J-Hope made history at Lollapalooza, the world's largest rock festival held in Chicago.

On August 2nd, the record label Universal Music Group (UMG) announced that J-Hope had sold the most tickets at Lollapalooza at this year’s festival. 

UMG posted on their official Twitter account, "J-Hope's historical weekend in Chicago: The first South Korean act to headline a festival in the US, sold the most tickets at Lollapalooza and put on a show-stopping performance.”

At the 2022 Lollapalooza Festival, which was held at Grant Park in Chicago, J-Hope performed live on Sunday 31st July. The festival started in 1991, and is well-known worldwide as one of the largest rock festivals. It was the first time for the BTS star to perform, and he surely made an impact.

Many world-class stars such as Paul McCartney, Metallica and Coldplay have performed on the Lollapalooza stage and this year was no exception, as it welcomed headliners such as Metallica, Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly and Green Day. J-Hope performed just two weeks after the release of his debut solo album, consecutively setting high records and boasting popularity.

Even locals were able to experience J-Hope’s popularity. Chicago's Deputy Mayor for Economics and Regional Development Samir Mayekar introduced a fan-filled local Chicago cafe, calling it "the J-Hope effect on the Chicago economy."

During the one hour and ten minutes of his performance, J-Hope performed eighteen songs, including songs from his first mixtape album 'Hope World' and debut solo album 'Jack in the Box.’

105,000 spectators gathered at the concert hall, and the stage aired live on Weverse for global fans outside of the United States. The video recorded an outstanding 14.9 million views.  


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