J-Hope Becomes the Second Korean Artist to Reach No.1 on the iTunes Chart With ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’

J-Hope from BTS and Becky G just released their collaboration, “Chicken Noodle Soup.” Within hours, the song rose to the No. 1 spot on the iTunes chart. This made J-Hope the second Korean artist to reach No. 1 on the chart since PSY in 2013.

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J-Hope is the fastest Korean soloist to reach No. 1 on the U.S. iTunes chart

“Chicken Noodle Soup” is a collaboration between J-Hope and Becky G. The song features Spanish, Korean, and English lyrics. It also samples the 2006 song “Chicken Noodle Soup” by Webstar and Young B, featuring AG aka The Voice of Harlem.

The song climbed to the No. 1 spot just a few hours after its release. This made J-Hope the second Korean soloist to reach the No.1 spot on the U.S. iTunes chart since PSY in 2013. With the song, J-Hope is also the fastest Korean soloist to reach the No. 1 spot.

“so hoseok broke the record for the most #1’s from a korean solo act and is the fastest korean soloist to reach #1 on us itunes IN CONCLUSION HOBI LEGEND,” a fan tweeted.

Even though Big Hit Entertainment released a free version of the song on multiple platforms, BTS ARMY still bought the song on iTunes.

“idk what better sums up our relationship with bangtan than hobi releasing a free song, us completely ignoring the fact that it’s free and making him a Korean soloist with the most #1 in iTunes history #ChickenNoodleSoup,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

J-Hope broke BTS’s own records

The members of BTS are known to break records. The group has sold out stadium tours, broken Guinness World Records, and their music videos have hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. J-Hope is already the most-followed Korean soloist on Spotify and Jimin broke a Spotify streaming record as well. With “Chicken Noodle Soup,” J-Hope keeps up the pattern that the members of BTS repeatedly break their own records.

“BTS’ rap line stay going neck to neck with their own group. BTS hasn’t been able to beat Mono’s #1s, Yoongi is bts’ competition on k charts and Hobi went #1 on US iTunes faster than BTS,” a fan wrote on Twitter.

“it HASNT been 3 hrs but hoseok is already the fastest and ONLY korean soloist to reach #1 on the us itunes chart since psy in 2013. bts beating bts themselves, the talentry, the legendary behavior,” a fan tweeted.

Another fan tweeted, “Jung Hoseok is now the fastest Korean artist to get a #1 in US iTunes.. and he’s faster than his group. It’s literally BTS vs BTS themselves…”

Not everyone is happy with some stylist choices made in ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’

Before the song debuted, Big Hit Entertainment released the cover art for the song and a photo from the music set. The photos circulated around Twitter and J-Hope was accused of cultural appropriation for his hairstyle. This caused a debate among BTS fans.

“Before some of y’all try and drag Hoseok or say/accuse him of doing CA, he’s not. They’re gel twists, so he’s in the clear. Have a little more faith in both Hoseok and BTS. The people who are worried about his hair can calm down now. Everything’s fine,” one fan wrote.

Another tweeted, “@ people saying it’s not ca, it doesn’t matter if they’re ‘gel twists’ because the point was to make it look like dreads. just look at the cover art, which his hair is trying to imitate.”

Other fans pointed out they can enjoy “Chicken Noodle Soup” and love J-Hope as an artist while still criticizing parts of the song.

“So I REALLY enjoy the song and the MV. It’s def a bop… But I stand by what I said about the issues with his hair in that promo pic.I can love them and like their work but still hold criticism over parts of it…,” a fan tweeted.