BTS’ “Dynamite” Is IFPI’s Top 10 Best Selling Global Singles of 2020

BTS has entered IFPI’s Global Digital Single Chart for the first time ever this year with “Dynamite”! This is the first time a Korean group makes the list & the first for a Korean act after ‘Gangnam Style’ in 2012. “Dynamite” is the youngest song in the Top 10 having been released only on 21st August 2020. The IFPI’s Best Selling Global Singles of 2020 are #1 Blinding Lights, #2 Dance Monkey, #3 The Box, #4 Roses, #5 Don’t Start Now, #6 Life Is Good, #7 Made to Love, #8 ROCKSTAR, #9 bad guy and #10 Dynamite.

In the United States, “Dynamite” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the group’s first number-one single in the US and their fourth top-10 entry. BTS became the first all-South Korean act in Hot 100 history to debut at number one. They also became the first Asian act to chart a number one song in the country since Kyu Sakamoto with “Sukiyaki” (1963).

“Dynamite” sold 300,000 units in its first week, including download, vinyl and cassette physical versions. It earned 33.9 million total US on-demand streams and 11.6 million radio impressions. “Dynamite” also debuted atop the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, selling 265,000 downloads—the biggest pure sales week since Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” launched with 353,000 downloads in 2017.

“Dynamite” sold a 182,000 units in its second week, remaining atop the Hot 100 for a second week, becoming only the 20th song, of 43 songs that have entered the chart at number one since, to debut at number one and spend its first two weeks atop the chart since its records began in 1958.

“Dynamite” is the first song by a group to accomplish this since Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998). In its fifth week on the chart, “Dynamite” returned to the top spot the Hot 100 for a third week at number-one, aided by its “Bedroom,” “Midnight,” “Retro” and “Slow Jam” remixes, which together accounted for 52% of the overall song sales of 153,000 copies that week.

In January 2021, it was announced that “Dynamite” was the number one selling single in the US in 2020, racking up a total of 1.3 million physical copies sales according to Nielsen Music’s annual year-end report. The margin was so significant that it surpassed the second-best selling song, “Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd, which sold 580,000 copies, by more than a 2.2x multiple.

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