BTS, one of the most popular boy groups in South Korea, made a K-pop history by becoming the first Korean singers to reach the top of Billboard's main singles chart.
Billboard announced on Aug. 31st that BTS' digital single, Dynamite, ranked No. 1 on the latest Hot 100 chart. The Hot 100 is a chart that aggregates the most popular songs in the U.S. every week, combining streaming performance, music sales and the number of radio broadcasts.
It is the first time that a Korean singer has topped the Hot 100. Psy's Gangnam Style had been ranked second for seven consecutive weeks, but had not been ranked first.
Dynamite is a digital single released worldwide on August 21st. It is the first English song BTS has attempted, and it is a disco-pop genre with a bright and cheerful atmosphere. Musicians David Stewart and Jessica Agombar, who made the Jonas Brothers' hit song What A Man Gotta Do?, participated in the songwriting and composition.
BTS has topped the main album chart "Billboard 200" four times and now reached the top of the Hot 100 with Dynamite. BTS will also set a milestone, dominating both Billboard charts. BTS' best performance in the Hot 100 has been On, the title track of its fourth full-length album "Map of the Soul: 7," which was released in February this year. Boy With Luv and Fake Love were ranked 8th and 10th, respectively.
Billboard said on the same day that Dynamite was streamed 33.9 million times in the U.S. in the first week of its release and posted 300,000 digital and real sales.
"BTS is the first Korean band to top the Hot 100 list," Billboard said. "It dominated the Hot 100 with its first English single." It is also extremely rare for an Asian singer or band to reach the top of the Hot 100. According to Billboard, Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto's Skiyaki became the first Asian singer to top the Hot 100 in 1963, and the American electronic group Far East Movement topped the list in 2010 with Like A G6.
BTS members thanked the fans on the online fan community when the news of No. 1 Hot 100 was announced on the same day, saying, "We love BTS fan club." The agency Big Hit Entertainment also said on its official Twitter account, "Thank you, ARMY."