BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ grabs No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 for third time

Published September 29, 2020, 10:13 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

K-pop idol group BTS’ hit song “Dynamite” has topped the coveted Billboard Hot 100 for the third time as the song stayed on the chart for five consecutive weeks.

“Dynamite,” BTS’ first all-English song, was released on Aug. 21 and it debuted on top of Hot 100 for the Sept. 5 chart and maintained the No. 1 position the following week for the Sept. 12 chart. For the Hot 100 charts of Sept. 19 and Sept. 26, “Dynamite” stayed at No. 2.

In the fifth week, “Dynamite” returned to No. 1 on Hot 100 for the Oct. 3 chart, reclaiming the spot from Cardi B’s “WAP” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, which was No. 1 on the Sept. 19 and 26 charts. The Hot 100 chart is based on US streaming, radio airplay and sales data.

“Thank you #BTSARMY for your support and love. You made this happen!” BTS posted on Twitter.

The hashtags #BTS1onHot100 and #ShiningthroughTheHOT100 trended on Twitter as BTS ARMYs celebrated BTS’ new feat.

BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ is No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for the third time. (Photos: Big Hit and Billboard on Twitter)

“It returns to No. 1 from the runner-up spot on the strength of 14 million U.S. streams (up 11 percent) and 153,000 downloads sold (up 96 percent) in the week ending Sept. 24, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 20.8 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 8 percent) in the week ending Sept. 27,” according to Billboard.

It said “Dynamite” was helped by “four new remixes released Sept. 18: its ‘Bedroom,’ ‘Midnight,’ ‘Retro’ and ‘Slow Jam’ mixes, which, combined, accounted for 52 percent of the song’s overall sales in the tracking week.”

“On the Hot 100, ‘Dynamite’ is the first song among duos or groups to tally at least three weeks at No. 1 in almost two years, since Maroon’s ‘Girls Like You,’ featuring Cardi B, dominated for seven weeks in September-November 2018,” according to the chart. In addition, “Dynamite” topped Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart for five weeks.

BTS’ new feat on Hot 100 came a day after they announced the release of their new album “BE” on Nov. 20.

Big Hit Entertainment said the upcoming album “contains the most ‘BTS-esque’ music yet” and described it as “a most special album carefully crafted by BTS.”

 
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