‘Butter’ back on top of Hot 100 as BTS rules chart for 9 straight weeks

Published July 27, 2021, 7:32 AM

by Jonathan Hicap

BTS and the new Hot 100 chart (Big Hit Music / Billboard Charts) 

K-pop superstars BTS’ song “Butter” bounced back to the No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100 as the group continued to reign on the chart for nine consecutive weeks. 

Billboard reported that “Butter” is the new No. 1 on the July 31-dated chart, replacing their own Hot 100-topper “Permission to Dance,” which took the top spot last week and is now No. 7, the same position that “Butter” had on the July 24-dated chart. 

“Butter” now has spent eight weeks on top of Hot 100 and has tied the record set by Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” from January to March this year, according to Billboard.  

The Billboard Hot 100 chart is based on US streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales.

For the July 31 chart based on MRC Data, “Butter” recorded 30.7 million radio airplay audience impressions, up by 2 percent from last week’s 29.7 million and 8.8 million US streams as of July 22, a decrease of 21 percent from 11.2 million streams last week. It also sold 115,600 downloads, up by 132 percent from last week’s 49,800. 

“Permission to Dance,” on the other hand, sold 85,000 downloads this week, down by 39 percent from last week’s 140,100. 

“Butter” is also back at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart this week from No. 2 last week while “Permission to Dance” dropped to No. 2. 

“As ‘Butter’ replaces ‘Permission to Dance’ at No. 1 on the Hot 100, a week after ‘Permission to Dance’ took over for ‘Butter,’ BTS is the first act to displace itself at No. 1 with a new leader and then send the previous No. 1 back to the summit with no other acts holding the top spot in between,” according to Billboard. 

Here are the US streams for “Butter” since its No. 1 debut on the Hot 100 chart: 

July 31 chart (eighth week) – 8.8 million US streams

July 24 chart (No. 7 on Hot 100) – 11.2 million 

July 17 chart (seventh week) – 10.8 million 

July 10 chart (sixth week) – 11 million 

July 3 chart (fifth week) – 12.4 million 

June 26 (fourth week) – 12.5 million 

June 19 (third week) – 15.4 million 

June 12 (second week) – 34.5 million 

June 5 (first week) – 32.3 million   

Here are the US sales for “Butter”: 

July 31 (eighth week) – 115,600 

July 24 (No. 7 on Hot 100) – 49,800 

July 17 chart (seventh week) -108,800 

July 10 chart (sixth week) – 153,600 

July 3 chart (fifth week) – 128,400 

June 26 (fourth week) – 111,400

June 19 (third week) – 138,400

June 12 (second week) – 140,200

June 5 (first week) – 242,800 

US radio airplay audience impressions for “Butter”: 

July 31 (eighth week) – 30.7 million radio airplay audience impressions

July 24 (No. 7 on Hot 100) – 29.7 million  

July 17 chart (seventh week) – 29.1 million 

July 10 chart (sixth week) – 28.3 million 

July 3 chart (fifth week) – 27.6 million 

June 26 (fourth week) – 25.8 million 

June 19 (third week) – 24.6 million 

June 12 (second week) – 22.4 million

June 5 (first week) – 18.1 million 

 
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