BTS becomes the first Korean act to top Billboard Hot 100

BTS becomes the first Korean act to top Billboard Hot 100

BTS released their all-English track, Dynamite, on August 21.

BTS has achieved new heights following the release of their latest single, Dynamite. Ahead of their comeback album for 2020, the all-male K-pop group decided to surprise their fans and dropped an all-English “summer” track.

Earlier in July, the seven members “unexpectedly” made the announcement. Reports previously noted that the group felt that releasing “upbeat” music could provide a “breakthrough” amid the coronavirus crisis. A week after the premiere, they sure did as the single has continued to break records across platforms.

The first Korean act top Billboard

BTS’s Dynamite is now the 1,109th number one in the 62-year history of the Billboard Hot 100, according to the platform. The chart reportedly “blends” all-genre from U.S. streaming to radio airplay and sales data. Based on the figures, the newest track from the seven-male K-pop group tops the chart, dated September 5.

The publication said that no one from South Korea had done this in the history of the Hot 100. PSY’s Gangnam Style almost made it in the past when it reached the second spot for seven consecutive weeks.

BTS also almost made it earlier this year when they released their fourth regular album, Map of the Soul: 7. One of the singles from the album titled, On, reached the fourth spot on the same chart in March.

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BTS making history

RM, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, Suga, V, and J-Hope have made “history” upon the release of Dynamite, according to Korea News Focus. Aside from topping the Billboard Hot 100, the all-male K-pop group has since also topped Spotify’s Global Top 50. Not to mention, they have broken YouTube’s records for the fastest material to reach 100 million and 200 million views.

Reports added that BTS debuted its latest single with the “biggest digital sales week” since September of 2017. As reported, the first all-English song had a total of 265,000 digital sales during the first week. The last time that this happened was when Taylor Swift launched Look What You Made Me Do three years ago and had over 353,000 sales.

Performing Dynamite on an international stage

The K-pop group performed Dynamite during the MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 30. They won several awards including the Best Pop and Best Choreography for their track, On.

BTS also bagged the Best K-Pop and Best Group awards during the event. Several publications, later on, emphasized that they became the first Korean act to win the Best Pop award.

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