At this point, the boys of BTS should be all too used to seeing the phrase “history-making” aligned with their name.
As we reported Sunday (November 29), the group’s fifth Korean-language studio album – ‘BE’ – not only topped the Billboard 200 but also put the septet in history books for a number of accomplishments including becoming the first K-Pop group to score five #1 albums in the United States, fastest accrual of five Billboard 200 chart-toppers for any group of the Soundscan era, and first group (second act overall) to score two #1 albums this year alone.
Now, they’re making history on the Billboard Hot 100 side as well. See how inside:
In August (as we reported here), BTS – thanks to their explosive hit ‘Dynamite’ – earned the distinct honor of not only becoming the first K-Pop act to debut at #1 but also the first to top the Hot 100 period. What’s more, they became the third group ever (of any genre) to debut at #1 as leading acts as – an honor only Boyz II Men (‘One Sweet Day’) and Jonas Brothers (‘Sucker’) knew before them.
Thanks to the follow-up of ‘Dynamite,’ ‘Life Goes On,’ BTS is claiming a new record: first group to debut atop the Hot 100 twice and first Korean song to hit #1.
Released November 20, ‘Life’ and ‘Dynamite’ both received some serious TV airtime over the past week as the boys engaged in an aggressive promo spree in support of the tunes’ parent album. Their hard work has paid off apparently as the latter bounced to #3 on the refreshed chart and the former sprang to the top of the tally courtesy of a handsome mix of streams, radio airplay, and digital downloads.
See the breakdown below:
- Streams: 14.9 million
- Radio airplay: 410,000 impressions
- Digital downloads: 150,000 units
- Note: 129,000 digital downloads and 20,000 physical singles. The digital download was sale-priced to 69 cents, while a cassette single sold for $6.98 and a vinyl single went for $7.98.
Also worth nothing is the song’s official music video – which earned the fifth-largest 24-hour music debut on YouTube with 71.6 million first-day views.
“BTS has landed its first three No. 1s more quickly than any act since The Beatles, whose first three leaders, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” hit No. 1 over a span of just two months and three days (Feb. 1-April 4, 1964).
BTS is the second act with three Hot 100 No. 1s in 2020, following Ariana Grande, who has led with “Stuck With U” (with Bieber; May 23); “Rain on Me” (with Lady Gaga; June 6); and “Positions” (Nov. 7). BTS is the first act of more than two members with three songs to spend their first weeks each at No. 1 in the same year since, again, trio the Bee Gees, who sent three hits to No. 1 in 1979: “Too Much Heaven,” “Tragedy” and “Love You Inside Out.”
Its subsequent entry at the chart’s apex marks the group’s third overall visit to the position following the success of previous chart champions ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Savage Love’ remix.
Check in Tuesday (December 1) to see That Grape Juice‘s weekly chart recap, ‘TGJ Chart Check.’