NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) J-Hope, SUGA, Jungkook, Jimin, RM, V, and Jin of the K-pop … [+] boy band BTS visit the « Today » Show at Rockefeller Plaza on February 21, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
For years now, BTS has been slowly hitting new highs on the Hot 100 with almost every subsequent single they release, inching closer and closer to the penthouse, but a No. 1 hit was something that continued to elude the biggest musical act from South Korea…until now.
BTS debut their new single âDynamiteâ at No. 1 on this weekâs Hot 100, earning their first chart-topper with a relatively rare instant ruler.
âDynamiteâ launches at No. 1 thanks to a sizable streaming figure, strong early radio support and a sales sum so large itâs shocking. The tune was immediately played on sites like Spotify and Apple Music by millions, and the video that accompanied the cut (along with plenty of other uploads that used the song as well) racked up massive view counts. In fact, the colorful treatment broke the record for the most plays in 24 hours, as the visual was watched over 100 million times in the first full day it was available.
When it comes to sales on platforms like iTunes and Amazon
, âDynamiteâ was a bestseller from the moment it arrived, and it has hardly dipped in popularity in the week since. In fact, throughout the past several days, BTS has doled out several new versions of the song, and fans snapped them all up, with all half-dozen takes on the disco-pop cut being combined into one entity (which helps explain why the first frame sales sum is so large).
âDynamiteâ arrives with just under 34 million streams and 265,000 purchases, which is the largest one-week sales count in three years.
In addition to becoming their first No. 1 on the Hot 100, âDynamiteâ is also BTSâs fourth top 10 hit. They previously broke into the highest tier on the taly with âFake Loveâ (No. 10), âBoy With Luvâ with Halsey (No. 8) and âOnâ (No. 4), which established a new best showing for the group earlier this year.
âDynamiteâ replaces Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallionâs âWAPâ at No. 1 on the Hot 100, where it has been holding court for two frames. The decidedly adult composition debuted in first place two periods ago with one of the largest first frames in recent memory, and last week it held off competition in the form of Drake and Lil Durkâs âLaugh Now, Cry Later,â which challenged for the highest rung, but which ultimately opened in second place.
BTSâs âDynamiteâ is now the record-extending eighth song to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2020. In two previous years, four tracks have opened as high as a cut can climb, and now 2020 has doubled those showings, making this the biggest 12-month period yet for immediate winners on the all-genre ranking.
I am a freelance music journalist based in New York City. My byline has appeared in The Huffington Post, Billboard, Mashable, Noisey, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV, Fuse,
I am a freelance music journalist based in New York City. My byline has appeared in The Huffington Post, Billboard, Mashable, Noisey, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV, Fuse, and dozens of other magazines and blogs around the world. I love following charts and the biggest and most successful names in the industry, and I’m always interested in highlighting incredible feats and discovering what’s next.
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