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: