The biggest boy band in the world can add another notch to its belt. BTS reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their latest song “Dynamite,” reports Billboard. Prior to this, the highest they got was #4 with their song “On.” “Dynamite” is the first song out of South Korea to take the crown on the Billboard Hot 100.
But the closest a South Korean act got to being number on the Billboard Hot 100 prior to “Dynamite” was actually PSY. Remember him, with his “Gangnam Style.” That song reached #2 and stayed there for seven weeks back in 2012.
As for Asian acts, Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto was the first Asian artist to top the charts with “Sukiyaki” in 1963. Then there was the EDM rap group Far East Movement who came in number 1 with “Like a G6.”
Besides being #1, “Dynamite” sold 300,000 in its first week and streamed 33.9 million in the United States. Additionally, the song got 11.6 million spins on the radio.
This song is also BTS’s label Big Hit Entertainment‘s first #1 song on the Billboard Hot 100. So congratulations all around.