BTS Now Have the Fastest Accumulation of Five Hot 100 #1 Hits Since Michael Jackson

Published: Saturday 24th Jul 2021 by Rashad

Thanks to the #1 debut of their latest single, ‘Permission to Dance,’ K-Pop septet BTS have shattered a number of Hot 100 records.

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At the top of the week it was announced the boys of BTS blasted to the Hot 100’s top spot, unseating their long-running hit, ‘Butter,’ in the process.

Here are the numbers that put ‘Permission’ at the Pop chart’s pinnacle.

  • Streaming: 15.9 million U.S. streams
  • Radio Airplay: 1.1 million audience impressions
  • Digital Downloads: 140,100 sold

Their fourth Hot 100 #1 debut (fifth chart-topper overall), the performance of ‘Permission’ makes BTS only the fourth act in history to boast that many #1 premieres – leading among all groups but tying the records of Justin Bieber and Drake.  Only Ariana Grande (with 5 career Hot 100 #1 debuts) has more.  Speaking of Drake, BTS joins him as the only two acts to ever replace themselves atop the chart with another #1 debut (‘Butter’ debuted at #1 back in June).

As if that’s not enough to celebrate, Billboard says the success of the septet’s latest single puts them in legendary company:  Michael Jackson and The Beatles.


BTS has achieved its Hot 100 No. 1s over a span of 10 months and two weeks. That’s the quickest accumulation of five leaders since Michael Jackson tallied five, all from his album Bad, over nine months and two weeks in 1987-88: “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You,” with Siedah Garrett, “Bad,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana.”

The Beatles hold the mark for the quickest span of five Hot 100 No. 1s, having earned their first five over exactly six months in 1964: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Love Me Do” and “A Hard Day’s Night.”


Click here to see who joins BTS in the top 25 on this week’s TGJ Chart Check.

[photo sources:  Getty Images/AP Images]

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  1. K’man July 24, 2021

    Payola at its best!

  2. S H A D I S M July 24, 2021

    Sweat shop mass production ✔

  3. Justin Bili ber July 24, 2021

    Sorry Normani we love BTS better

  4. Ms. Ling Ling 🥡🥢 July 24, 2021

    Asian power! I finally see some huge recognition for my Asian people 😻 yum yum dim sum

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  6. eric July 24, 2021

    It’s not fair or logical to call these real accomplishments unless the comparison is made between any two records set in the streaming age (post 2005). The industry tries so hard to make it look as though legendary things are happening when nothing today compares to what Michael, Whitney, Mariah and younger artists like Usher were doing in the 90s. Billboard is really suggesting that BTS is on the same level as Michael in 1987. Not a chance!!

    • S H A D I S M July 24, 2021

      Agreed A to Z.

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 July 24, 2021


  7. Section8DaGreat July 24, 2021

    Michael Jackson cannot be topped. Had to take all them chinks to do that

    • Shayla Queen™ 👑 July 24, 2021

      Racist fool

    • Ms. Ling Ling 🥡🥢 July 24, 2021

      F*** u racist h**, I will kung POW your troll ass, suck my egg rolls and lick my fortune cookies 🥠

  8. Lana A*** July 24, 2021

    Never heard a single one of their songs and don’t intend on doing so any time soon.

    • Aria July 25, 2021

      Lies ! Lmfaooooo

    • Lana A*** July 25, 2021

      It’s not lies – name 1 song from them that has charted here in the UK? I’ve never heard them on Radio 1, never seen them interviewed on This Morning. So I have never heard their music and again I don’t intend to.

  9. Hoooo July 25, 2021

    Each one is more talented than micheal Jackson.

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