‘Suga’s Interlude’ Lands BTS Star in Top 10 Billboard Position

BTS has been climbing their way up the charts with unmitigated success for quite a while in the U.S. now. They’ve made public appearances on wildly popular shows, they’ve been endorsed by celebrities you might not expect, and they’ve managed to popularize K-Pop in the U.S. like no other band to date. 

Now, one BTS member is making his first big hit as a solo artist in a top ten Billboard position outside of World Digital Song Sales. Suga just earned himself a major win thanks to his collaboration with one of his biggest fans among his fellow musicians. 

Suga breaks the top ten, solo 

Suga of BTS
Suga of BTS | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

While BTS has been killing it lately as a group, their individual members are also working hard behind the scenes on their own careers as well. No one has made this more evident in recent weeks than Suga, who recently earned himself a top ten position. 

Suga and his friend and fellow musician, Halsey, recently teamed up to collaborate on “Suga’s Interlude,” which Halsey will feature on her upcoming album, Manic. “Suga’s Interlude” was released as a promo for the album, and since then it’s exploded in popularity. 

As evidenced by the Digital Song Sales Chart, “Suga’s Interlude” leapt from position 41 to position ten in just one week — a meteoric rise for Suga. In fact, this is Suga’s first time reaching the top ten for this list on a track without other BTS members. 

This is especially noteworthy because the Digital Song Sales Chart includes all languages and genres, meaning it’s much more challenging and competitive when it comes to breaking into the top ten. 

Prior to Suga’s success, J-Hope’s “Chicken Noodle Soup” is the only other BTS solo venture to reach the top ten on the Digital Song Sales Chart — J-Hope jockeyed into position nine with his track.

Not the first record BTS has broken

Jin, J-Hope, Jungkook, Suga, V, and RM of BTS
Jin, J-Hope, Jungkook, Suga, V, and RM of BTS | Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia

BTS has been breaking records and earning high placements across the board these days, but they did have one incredible upset when it came to a big YouTube record. 

BTS was able to beat out none other than U.S. pop superstar Taylor Swift for a YouTube record. Previously, Swift had held a record for the most views on a music video over a 24-hour period, accruing 65.2 million views on her video for “ME!” 

However, BTS topped her score. The music video for “Boy With Luv” nabbed them an impressive 74.6 million views in 24 hours on the streaming platform. 

Difficulties of fame 

Though BTS is enjoying their success they’ve also had to face the many difficulties that come along with fame. Namely, obsessive fans. BTS member V recently spoke out about how frightening their more aggressive fans are — some of these fans essentially stalk BTS members. 

V discussed these fans during a VLIVE stream. V explained, “I should say this on our team’s behalf. You know how we get on planes by ourselves? We fly on a charter flight. We actually want to fly on a regular flight. But when we travel long distance or short distance, fans may know beforehand that we will be boarding and sit next to us, or in front of us.”

V went on to add, “In those private spaces, we don’t get to relax as much as we want to. So we were a bit uncomfortable. [And] to be frank with you, we don’t want you to do that. […] It’s really scary.”