The results of the Billboard Hot 100 are in, and after two weeks at No. 1, BTS’ song “Dynamite” dropped to No. 2 on the chart. However, even with dropping to No. 2, BTS still broke records with “Dynamite” this past week, and the new chart position shows the longevity of “Dynamite.” Nowadays, songs may peak at No. 1 on the Hot 100, but few remain in the top 10 spots on the chart, let alone the top two spots.
BTS’ song ‘Dynamite’ spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100
The K-pop group released “Dynamite” on Aug. 21. The disco-pop track is their first single to be sung entirely in English and has become a hit with listeners in the U.S. On Aug. 31, Billboard announced that the song debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with 33.9 million streams, 300,000 copies sold, and “11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions.”
The following week on Sept. 8, “Dynamite” stayed at No. 1 on the Hot 100. According to Billboard, the song achieved 17.5 million streams, 182,000 digital downloads, and 16 million radio airplay audience impressions in its second week.
When “Dynamite” debuted at No. 1, BTS became the first all-South Korean group to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100. After the song remained at No. 1 for a second week, the song became one of 20 songs this year to stay at No. 1 the following week.
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The records BTS broke with ‘Dynamite’ this week
While “Dynamite” dropped one chart position this week, the song’s momentum remains strong. In its first week, “Dynamite” rose from No. 30 to No. 20 on the mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart, but it did not appear on the Billboard Radio Songs chart.
Now, in the song’s third week, BTS have achieved their first entry on the Billboard Radio Songs chart with “Dynamite.” The song debuted at No. 49 with 18.3 million radio airplay audience impressions.
BTS also set a sales record with the single this week. In its third week, “Dynamite” had 136,000 digital downloads, topping Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart.
Combined with the song’s 182,000 downloads in its second week and 265,000 in its first, Billboard reported that “‘Dynamite’ is the first song to have sold over 136,000 downloads in three consecutive weeks since The Chainsmokers’ ‘Closer’ (featuring Halsey), which reached that level in five straight weeks in September-October 2016.”
The band’s impact is nothing new
On Sept. 10, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook appeared on the evening news program KBS News 9. When asked about how they became mainstream in the U.S., RM pointed out that the band has been steadily reaching milestones on Billboard charts since 2015.
“And more than anything, I’d say people are the most curious about this. It’s how we got this far. They ask us that a lot and are curious about it. But what I want to say is that we’ve been on the Billboard charts since 2015. And I think we’ve been achieving milestones since. It’s not like we had a set strategy from back then. We didn’t calculate how to climb up the Billboard charts. We were able to overcome the language barrier and other national and ethnic boundaries through the truths that we conveyed,” said RM. “That’s what reached the many people and turned them into our fans.”
In total, BTS have had 12 songs appear on the Billboard Hot 100. Before “Dynamite,” the band reached No. 4 on the chart in March 2020 with their song “ON.” “Boy With Luv” reached No. 8 on the chart in 2019 and “Fake Love” peaked at No. 10 in 2018.
Their albums Love Yourself: Tear, Love Yourself: Answer, Map of the Soul: Persona, and Map of the Soul: 7 have all reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Five of BTS’ albums have broken into the top 10 spots on the Billboard 200, and 11 albums have made it onto the chart since 2015.
BTS’ entire career has shown perseverance and longevity, and “Dynamite” remaining in the top 10 spots of the Hot 100 is a reflection of that. When “Dynamite” eventually falls out of the top 10 on the Hot 100, no one should expect BTS to fade away too. With an album to be released by the end of 2020 and goals still left to accomplish, the members of BTS are still rising.
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