BTS’s Suga is now a sought-after collaborator for American musicians
Throughout their years together, BTS has worked with several high-profile Western musical groups, including Nicki Minaj, Desiigner, Sia and several others, recruiting them for hit singles. The group has been successful both in featuring these stars on their hits and on their own, and as their profile grows, the individual members also continue to perform well on the charts in the United States as solo acts. Recently, one of the seven members landed another win without his bandmates, and in doing so, he proves that the tables have turned somewhat and he is now sought after by many artists for their own works.
Suga returned to the Hot 100 in late 2021 with his first top 40 as a soloist, “Girl of My Dreams.” The tune was fronted by the late rapper Juice WRLD, and it was included on his posthumous second album. Fight the demons. The track debuted at number 29 on the weekly chart of the most consumed tracks in the United States, becoming a huge win for Suga and a rare top 40 among K-pop soloists.
It seems Suga has become so popular that American musicians are eager to work not just with the band he’s a part of, but with the man himself. ‘Girl of My Dreams’ may have marked Suga’s first Hot 100 hit as a featured actor on someone else’s track, but he’s teamed up with other stars before and landed chart wins.
In 2020, Suga and pop singer Max sent their joint single “Blueberry Eyes” to the Digital Song Sales and Pop Airplay charts, scoring notable and somewhat unexpected success. The track was the second collaboration between the two, as Suga featured Max on his solo mixtape D-2.
The previous year, Halsey included both Suga and BTS in her aptly named song “Suga’s Interlude,” from her album. maniacal. The track charted in the top 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart, and while it didn’t make it beyond that, it’s still impressive that an interlude could work so well.
Suga has also worked with a number of South Korean artists, appearing on local (and overseas) charts with tracks performed by IU and Lee So-ra. He has demonstrated his talent and power as a solo star, a member of the biggest band on the planet, and as a featured artist. Its mere presence helps elevate any cut, and it looks like now, if a musician chooses to include it on a single, it will perform well in a number of major markets. It’s safe to assume he’s had more requests than he can handle and more collaborations are on the way.