Chart History: BTS Becomes First All-Korean Group To Go #1

BTS made history on September 1, 2020 when their single “Dynamite” hit No. 1 Billboard Hot 100, making them the first all-Korean group to make it to the top of the chart.

"Dynamite," off Proof was the first song RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook ever released entirely in English.

“This is my tombstone," RM told Billboard after the numbers had been tabulated, "We’ll take it to this grave!”

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The video for the poppy disco jam was uploaded onto YouTube in August 20, 2020. It received 101.1 million views in the first 24 hours.

Seems like that's the type of push that makes launching a single easy as a knife through butter.

But did it have staying power? In less than 8 months the video for "Dynamite" had a billion views. Today it's sitting at 1,700,000,000 views.

In March 2021, the Grammys had the boys perform the song at the ceremony to see if some of that magic could work on its ratings.

Whatever the number, the Grammys seemed to like it. But the Grammy voters didn't like BTS enough to give them the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance award. Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande were dubbed that year's Best Pop Duo.

But BTS didn't go home empty handed. That 2021 Grammy nom was the first time a K-Pop group was ever nominated by the Recording Academy.

"The core of BTS is delivering our stories through music in a genuine way. 'Dynamite' is along those lines. It's a song that gives us strength and embodies the message we want to give to our fans. We believe sincerity always comes through," Jin told the Grammys soon after they were nominated.

The last time BTS did "Dynamite" in the US.

The last time BTS performed "Dynamite" in the US was at their fourth night of sold out performances at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas. They had it near the middle of their set followed by "Butter."

As you probably know, BTS is currently on a hiatus. South Korean law says all men between the ages of 18-30 must spend a year and a half in the military.

Two of the members, Jin and then jhope, have already enlisted which allowed Suga to be the first in BTS to go solo.

Suga's D-Day was released in April and debuted at #1 in many countries while topping the US Rap Chart and peaking at #2 in on the US Billboard Top 100.

The plan is for each of the fellas to put out a solo album and a tour, one-by-one, and at the end of the tour enlist in the Army. Then as the each member serves his time and comes home, a welcome-back celebration can commence.

Suga has recently wrapped his tour. None of the other members have announced any new dates.

But we'll always have their visit to NPR's Tiny Desk:

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Last updated: 25 Sep 2023, 06:13 Etc/UTC