BTS Becomes First All-South Korean Act to Top Billboard’s Hot 100

    The group reached the top of the charts with their new single 'Dynamite'.

    By The Staff - Sep 1, 2020
    BTS Becomes First All-South Korean Act to Top Billboard’s Hot 100

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    With their new single ‘Dynamite’, Kpop group BTS has become the first South Korean artist to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. Billboard reported.

    The group had previously reached a high of No. 4 with there single “On” in March, said Billboard.

    Among South Korean solo musical acts, PSY climbed to No. 2 on the Hot 100 best with “Gangnam Style” for seven weeks in October-November 2012.

    Japanese-born Kyu Sakamoto was the first Asian artist to top the chart, with “Sukiyaki” for three weeks in June 1963, said Billboard.

    “Dynamite,” which was released Aug. 21 had 33.9 million U.S. streams and 300,000 sold in its first week, ending Aug. 27, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 30.

    “Dynamite” started at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, and No. 3 on Streaming Songs, said Billboard.

    The single also recorded the most successful digital sales week with 265,000 downloads sold (among its overall first-week total of 300,000, which includes its vinyl and cassette physical versions).

    Billboard said that “Dynamite” debuted with the biggest digital sales week since Sept. 16, 2017, when Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” launched with 353,000.

    In the category of groups, “Dynamite” had the highest weekly digital sales since Prince and the Revolution’s 1984 classic “Purple Rain” sold 282,000 (May 14, 2016), following his passing on April 21, 2016.


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