BTS captures No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100

Published September 1, 2020, 12:17 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

President Moon Jae-in congratulates BTS: ‘Truly amazing’

K-pop superstar BTS made history again by seizing the No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100, the first-ever South Korean artist to achieve the feat.

BTS performed “Dynamite” for the first time on MTV VMAs (Twitter)

Billboard reported that BTS’ all-English single “Dynamite,” which was released on Aug. 21, debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 for the week dated Sept. 5.

This is BTS’ first No. 1 on the Hot 100.

“Dynamite” became the 1,109th No. 1 on the Hot 100 in the chart’s 62-year history.

The Hot 100 chart is based on US streaming, radio airplay and sales data.

“It’s the eighth to debut atop the Hot 100 in 2020 (all since April), doubling the previous record for the most in a single year, as four songs each entered at No. 1 in both 2018 and 1995,” Billboard added.

Before “Dynamite,” BTS’ highest position on the Hot 100 was No. 4 with “On,” released last February and debuted on the chart dated March 7.

The new single is BTS’ fourth top 10 placing on the Hot 100 and its 12th overall on the chart.

“Boy With Luv” peaked at No. 8 and “Fake Love” at No. 10.

On the Billboard 200, BTS lodged four No. 1 albums.

“Dynamite” has eclipsed the record set by Korean rapper Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which peaked at No. 2 on Hot 100 in 2012.

Based on Nielsen Music/MRC Data numbers, “Dynamite” garnered 33.9 million US streams and sold 300,000 copies in the first week ending Aug. 27 in addition to recording 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 30.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in congratulated BTS for the feat, saying, “It is truly amazing. It is a splendid feat that further raises pride in K-pop. The song ‘Dynamite,’ which topped the list, is all the more meaningful as it has been composed to give a message of comfort and hope to people around the world who are struggling with COVID-19. It will bring huge consolation to Koreans suffering from the national crisis caused by COVID-19. I offer my heartfelt congratulations.”

The Hot 100 feat came a day after BTS won four awards at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Group, Best K-pop, Best Pop and Best Choreography.

“Dynamite” brought BTS new achievements and records on YouTube, Spotify and iTunes since its release on Aug. 21.

YouTube told Bulletin Entertainment that “Dynamite” set a new all-time record for the biggest music video Premiere with viewers of over 3 million peak concurrents.

“Dynamite” also garnered 101.1 million views in its debut on Aug. 21 to set a new record as the No. 1 most viewed music video in the first 24 hours of release.

On the other hand, Spotify informed Bulletin Entertainment that “Dynamite” recorded over 12.6 million streams on release date on Aug. 21, the biggest first-day streams globally on Spotify in 2020 to date. “Dynamite” also took first place on Spotify’s Global Top 50 charts on the same day.

 
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