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Record-breaking 'Dynamite' propels BTS to top of Billboard Singles Charts

By Kara Santos Published Sep 01, 2020 12:00 am Updated Sep 03, 2020 8:41 am

K-Pop sensation BTS is the first all-South Korean act to top the US singles chart, industry tracker Billboard announced Monday.

The group’s English-language hit Dynamite topped the Hot 100 top single, breaking yet another record. YouTube confirmed that the music video surpassed 101.1 million views in its first 24 hours, shattering records for the most-viewed music video in YouTube’s history.

BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band composed of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook. The band has managed to establish one of the biggest and most fiercely loyal fanbases in the world known as ARMY.

Dynamite, the first BTS single sung completely in English, was released on August 21 through Big Hit and Sony Music, and tallied 33.9 million US streams in just a week, with 300,000 units sold. 

According to the band, the 1970’s-influenced disco-pop song with elements of funk and soul was meant to spread positive energy to fans and people around the world who have been going through tough times due to COVID-19. The edgy and upbeat choreography highlight the distinct charms of each BTS member.

“In this song, the global superstars find happiness by doing again what they do best: engaging in a perpetual cycle of giving and receiving joy with the world through music and performances.” 

With a No. 1 Billboard Hit on the Hot 100 under their belt, BTS has crossed over to the final frontier of global pop superstardom. 

The milestone cements the seven-member boy band's global dominance, coming hours after BTS beat American heavyweights including Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, and Taylor Swift at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards. 

BTS managed to bag four awards including Best Choreography, Best Group, Best Pop and Best K-Pop at the 2020 MTV VMAs. The group also performed their hit Dynamite for the first time on stage.

As of this writing, the BTS Dynamite Offical MV video has over 200 million views on YouTube and counting. As a gift for armies, the band also released a B-side version of the Dynamite music video showing their quirkier side.

(Image via BTS)