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The conviction of South Gyeongsang Gov. Kim Kyoung-soo is a blow to Moon, a liberal who is struggling to revive stalled negotiations on North Korea 's nuclear program and address diverse economic woes at home. He was to be held at a detention facility near Seoul, a court official said, requesting anonymity citing department rules. Both Kim and prosecutors have one week to appeal. If Kim's prison term is upheld in higher courts, he will be stripped of his governor post, the court official said.
Originally a hip hop group, their musical style has evolved to include a wide range of genres. Their lyrics, often focused on personal and social commentary, touch on the themes of mental health, troubles of school-age youth, loss, the journey towards loving oneself, and individualism. Their work features references to literature and psychological concepts and includes an alternative universe storyline. The group have staged several world tours. The group initially formed as teenagers under Big Hit Entertainment and released their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool Subsequent work such as their first U. The band is the first Korean act to top the Billboard with their studio album Love Yourself: Tear and have since hit the top of the U. According to the Gaon Music Chart , BTS has sold sixteen million albums domestically in physical sales and is the best-selling artist to debut in the s. Featured on Time 's international cover as "Next Generation Leaders", BTS has appeared in the magazine's 25 most influential people on the internet — and Time 's most influential people in the world , with the outlet giving them the nickname " Princes of Pop ". Billboard ranked BTS at 45 on their Top Touring Artists of the s list, being the highest-ranked Asian as well as the only non-English speaking act on the list.