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BTS Becomes First K-Pop Act To Top The American Singles Chart

BTS is the first K-pop group to land a chart-topping single in America, with their new record-breaking English language single ‘Dynamite’.

While K-pop acts like BTS and BLACKPINK have been massive globally for several years, no South Korean artist had ever achieved a #1 Billboard Hot 100 single before now.

The chart blends all-genre US streaming, radio airplay and sales data.

The closest a South Korean had gone to the top of the American chart was when PSY made it to #2 with 2012 one-hit-wonder ‘Gangnam Style’.

Forbes has already called the achievement a “paradigm shift for the way Western listeners regard non-Western artists”.

‘Dynamite’ has smashed all sorts of records since it dropped on August 21st.

They started out by reclaiming a record they previously had for the most YouTube views in a 24-hour period, and has since had the biggest digital dales week since Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ in 2017.

‘Dynamite’ sits at #2 on the Global Spotify Chart and #7 on the Apple Music Global Top 100 at the time of writing.

The BTS track debuted at #2 on the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia and could hit the top of the chart in its second week.

Listen to ‘Dynamite’ by BTS below:

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