Surprise, Surprise, BTS Is The First South Korean Artist To Hit No. 1 On The Billboard Charts

Syrup fave and K-pop group BTS is making history. For the first time in the Billboard Charts’s 1,109 record breaking entries, a South Korean artist has hit number one. Prior to the gang’s ascend to the number one spot, PSY held the country’s record with his viral track “Gangnam Style” sitting at second place in 2012.

According to Billboard, the seven member boy band BTS—ft. Jimin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga, RM, Jin and V—have joined the likes of Harry Styles and Doja Cat, making their number one slot debut on the Billboard Top 100 charts this week with their song “Dynamite.”

The road to BTS’s historic no. 1 Billboard Top 100 debut 

Ten days ago, BTS released their comeback single, “Dynamite,” an upbeat and groovy disco-pop dance track and their first song ever completely in English. I say this about a lot of things these days but this song quite literally broke the internet. 

Within 24 hours, the “Dynamite” music video, featuring the gang dressed in ’90s denim on denim fits, vest suits and washed out monochromatic looks, beat YouTube’s world record for a music video debut. The video was reportedly viewed 101.1 million times on its first day. As of the 1st of September, it’s sitting at 260 million views…

Then, it had the biggest debut of any song this year on Spotify, a platform that isn’t even available in the K-pop band’s home country. According to the Korean Times, it was streamed 7.778 million times within its first 24 hours. By contrast, Taylor Swift’s “cardigan” was streamed 7.742 million times in the first 24 hours of its release. 

Fittingly, that all then led to the boy’s debut at the MTV’s Video Music Awards earlier this week, where they won four awards and performed their explosive single to a virtual Washington Street, Brooklyn. Needless to say, it was one of the most talked about things of the night. “The boy in the brown suit” A.K.A. my man and ult bias Jin was immediately trending on Twitter. 

Anyway, congrats BTS! This has been a long time coming and y’all’s trajectory to fame in the last few years has been *sheds a single manly tear* lovely to watch. Hell, even the goddamn President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in is proud. 

“BTS has achieved its first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, writing a new chapter in K-pop history as the first Korean band to do so,” President Jae-in tweeted. “After having topped the Billboard 200 main album chart four times, they have now reached No. 1 on both charts.”

“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.”

BTS released their fourth studio album, Map of the Soul: 7, on the 21st of February earlier this year, and are reportedly already working on a new album amidst quarantine. In the meantime, we can look forward to a new reality series about them relaxing in an AirBnB in the mountains, called In The SOOP.

Julian Rizzo-Smith is a writer and producer. He also claims to be a vine historian, avid connoisseur of low-fi beats, indie hip hop and Kermit memes. In a perfect world, he’d be married to Tyler the Creator, own an Arcanine and a Lapras, and don his own Sailor Scouts uniform. He tweets @GayWeebDisaster, which is also, coincidentally, how one might describe him.