BTS’ ‘Dynamite’ Debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — and That Is Only a Fraction of What They Are Capable of Achieving
Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook just scored their first No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Dynamite,” making history yet again. The chart placement comes just hours after BTS made history at the MTV Video Music Awards, where they became the first Asian act ever to win the Best Pop award.
Earning a No. 1 on the Hot 100 is a remarkable achievement that shows BTS’ tremendous growth from the past few years. Combined with their wins at the MTV VMAs, it demonstrates that when given the opportunity, BTS will make history.
BTS released ‘Dynamite’ on Aug. 21
“Dynamite” is a disco-pop track, and it is sung entirely in English. When the K-pop group announced the song during an audio VLIVE on July 27, they told fans that singing a song in English was a new challenge for them.
“We also needed a breakthrough during these unforeseen times, so we worked on this new song. This is a new challenge for us as well. When we first heard and recorded the song, we were energized and our spirits were lifted up. We can’t wait to share this song with you all and enjoy it together,” said the members.
Upon its release, “Dynamite” immediately began breaking records. With 3 million concurrent viewers at the premiere of the “Dynamite” music video, BTS achieved the biggest YouTube premiere of all time. The music video also set the record for the most-viewed video within its first 24 hours after reaching 101.1 million views.
On the day of its release, “Dynamite” debuted at No. 1 on Spotify’s daily Global Top 50 chart and gave BTS the biggest Spotify debut of 2020. With its debut, the song achieved 7,778,950 streams within a day, beating Taylor Swift’s previous record of 7.742 million streams with “Cardigan.”
BTS achieved their first No. 1 song with ‘Dynamite’
“Dynamite” is BTS’ fourth top 10 hit, and it is the group’s first No. 1 song. Their previous peak was with “ON,” which reached No. 4 on the chart in March 2020. In addition to this being BTS and Big Hit Entertainment’s first No. 1 song on the chart, BTS is now the first all-South Korean group to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100.
According to Billboard, the song debuted “with 33.9 million U.S. streams and 300,000 sold in its the 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.”
The song also had over 265,000 digital downloads, beating a record for the biggest digital sales week that was previously set by Taylor Swift in 2017 with “Look What You Made Me Do.” While BTS’ last Korean single “ON” received little radio play, the English-language “Dynamite” rose from No. 30 to No. 20 on the mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart.
The group made history at the MTV VMAs
BTS’ No. 1 on the Hot 100 was announced a day after the Korean band made history at the MTV VMAs. The K-pop group was nominated for Best K-pop, Best Choreography, Best Group, and Best Pop for their Korean song “ON.” They won all four awards and became the first Asian act ever to win Best Pop.
At the MTV VMAs, BTS performed “Dynamite” for the first time. Having now performed at the American Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the MTV VMAs, BTS is the first Korean act to ever perform at all four major music award shows in the U.S.
What the No. 1 on the Hot 100 means for BTS
It has been a history-making week for BTS. From an outside perspective, it might look like BTS shot up out of nowhere. In actuality, the band has been making stellar music and putting on remarkable performances for years. Back in 2019, BTS’ performance at the Melon Music Awards showed that they are on a level western award shows have not reached.
Now, it seems the rest of the world is finally ready for BTS, which in turn is slowly dismantling the gatekeeping that kept them from making history before. It is not BTS who is trying to catch up to the western standard. It’s the other way around.
BTS’ performance of “Dynamite” was a standout at the MTV VMAs, but it came nowhere close to what fans know the group is capable of at Korean award shows. While BTS made history at the MTV VMAs, fans feel they should have been nominated and allowed to compete in other major categories besides Best Pop.
With a No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, BTS showed they will continue to break down barriers and set records. The band is expected to release an album later this year. “Dynamite” debuting at No. 1 on the Hot 100 is a momentous accomplishment, but it is also just the tipping point of what BTS is capable of achieving.