BTS tops the Billboard 100 with “Dynamite”

BTS tops the Billboard 100 with "Dynamite"

 

BTS are now the first South Korean act ever to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart – a day after winning four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards: Best Pop, Best Group, Best Choregraphy and Best K-pop for “ON.”

The K-pop band’s single “Dynamite” debuted at the top the chart with 33.9 million U.S. streams and 300,000 sold in its first week. It’s also the biggest digital sales week since Taylor Swift sold 353,000 units for “Look What You Made Me Do” back in September 2017.

Before this, the highest-charting Korean artist ever on the Hot 100 was PSY with his 2012 world-wide hit “Gangnam Style,” which peaked at the No. 2. And, the only Asian to make it to the top of the Hot 100 was Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto with “Sukiyaki” in 1963.

BTS released “Dynamite” on August 21 – breaking YouTube’s 24-hour streaming record with 101.1 million views on the first day.

The group performed “Dynamite” live for the first time during the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards broadcast on Sunday, August 30.

 

J.Chung.

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