BTS have made history with their new song ‘Dynamite’ by becoming the first K-pop group to land a chart-topping single in America.
‘Dynamite‘ was their first song sung completely in English. It reached 33.9 million US streams in its first week to gain the coveted number one spot.
The closest a South Korean had come previously was the infamous PSY. His one-hit-wonder song ‘Gangnam Style’ only made it to number two in 2012.
Forbes has already called the achievement a “paradigm shift for the way Western listeners regard non-Western artists”.
Since dropping on August 21st, ‘Dynamite’ has smashed several records. The single helped BTS reclaim their record for most YouTube views in a 24-hour-period. They also now have the biggest digital sales week since Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ in 2017.
In Australia, the song debuted at number two on the ARIA singles chart. It could hit the top of that chart in its second week however.
The group were understandably overjoyed at the news. Jimin, one of seven members of BTS, said “tears kept coming”, adding in a tweet that he “didn’t know what to say”.
He also thanked their fans, known as ARMY, saying: “I’m out of my mind now but you guys made this [happen].”
Another member Suga simply posted a string of crying emojis.
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Within minutes, the hashtag #BTS1onHot100 and #BTS_Dynamite began trending, with fans flooding the hashtags with congratulatory messages.
“No words, just tears,” said one fan on Twitter.
“I can’t express how I’m feeling. Just so proud of you guys and how far you’ve come,” another said.
Many retweeted an interview with BTS, in which Suga had said he hoped to reach number one on the Billboard charts one day.
Even South Korea President Moon Jae-in weighed in, saying the boys had achieved a “splendid feat”.
“After having topped the Billboard 200 main album chart four times, they have now reached No 1 on both charts,” said Mr Moon.
“The song Dynamite has been composed to give a message of comfort… it will bring consolation to Koreans suffering from the national crisis caused by Covid-19.”