BTS Become the First K-Pop Group to Hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

    BTS have officially become the first all–South Korean group to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, Billboard reports. ‘Dynamite’, the K-pop superstars’ first English language single, debuted at the top of the chart with 33.9 million U.S. streams and 300,000 sales in its first week, according to data from Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It’s also the biggest digital sales week since Taylor Swift sold 353,000 units for ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ in September of 2017.

    ‘Dynamite’ is far from the group’s first top-10 hit, however. BTS also scored hits with 2018’s ‘Fake Love’ (#10), 2019’s ‘Boy With Luv’ feat. Halsey (#8), and this year’s ‘On’ (#4). It marks the 43rd song to debut at #1 in the history of the Hot 100, replacing of Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’, which also debuted at No. 1 two weeks ago. The video for ‘Dynamite’ also broke YouTube’s 24-hour streaming record with 101.1 million views during the first day.

    BTS gave their latest single its live debut this Sunday (August 30) at the MTV VMAs. They released their latest LP Map of the Soul: 7 in February, followed by a Japanese-language version in July. They’re also set to release of a new concert film, Break the Silence: the Movie, this month.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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