The seven-member South Korean act rules the Hot 100 with its first all-English-language single, after previously reaching a No. 4 high with “On” in March.
BTS, which comprises members J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga and V, is additionally the first all-South Korean group to lead the Hot 100.
The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated Sept. 5) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Sept. 1). For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Streams, sales & airplay: “Dynamite,” released Aug. 21 at midnight ET, roars in with 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” starts at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart, where it’s BTS’ fourth leader, and No. 3 on Streaming Songs.
The official video for “Dynamite” premiered upon the song’s arrival (followed by an official “B-side” clip Aug. 24), and the track was available to purchase in the tracking week in its original form and via an EDM remix, acoustic remix and instrumental version (each sale-priced at 69 cents). Its original version was also available for purchase on 7-inch vinyl (for $7.98) and cassette ($6.98).
Among groups, “Dynamite” sports the biggest weekly digital sales sum since Prince and the Revolution’s 1984 classic “Purple Rain” sold 282,000 (May 14, 2016), following Prince’s April 21, 2016, passing. Among songs by groups in tracks’ debut weeks, “Dynamite” makes the best digital sales start in five years, since One Direction’s “Drag Me Down” opened with 350,000 (Aug. 22, 2015).
BTS’ first Hot 100 No. 1: BTS earns its first Hot 100 No. 1, and fourth top 10, among 12 visits to the chart. The group previously reached the top 10 with “On” (No. 4, where it debuted, this March); “Boy With Luv,” featuring Halsey (No. 8 debut/peak, April 2019); and “Fake Love” (No. 10 debut/peak, June 2018). The act first appeared on the chart dated Oct. 7, 2017, with “DNA.”
First all-South Korean group to top Hot 100: BTS is the first all-South Korean group to lead the Hot 100. Among South Korean soloists, PSY reached a No. 2 Hot 100 best with “Gangnam Style” for seven weeks in October-November 2012.
The history of Asian acts atop the Hot 100 dates back over a half-century, as Japanese-born Kyu Sakamoto became the first Asian artist to top the chart, with “Sukiyaki” for three weeks in June 1963. In October-November 2010, Far*East Movement led the Hot 100, also for three weeks, with “Like a G6,” with the act’s lineup at the time including two members of Korean heritage.
BigHit’s biggest hit: BigHit Entertainment achieves its first Hot 100 No. 1, having, like BTS, hit a previous No. 4 best with the group’s “On.”