BTS’ “Dynamite” Beats “Gangnam Style’s” 8 Year Record On The Billboard Hot 100 Chart History

BTS’ “Dynamite” spends a record-breaking 32 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing Psy’s “Gangnam Style” released in 2012 to officially become the longest charting song by a Korean act in history!

“Dynamite” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 having sold 300,000 units in its first week, including download, vinyl and cassette physical versions. It become BTS’ first number-one single in the US and their fourth top-10 entry.  “Dynamite” sold a 182,000 units in its second week, remaining atop the Hot 100 for a second week, “Dynamite” returned to the top spot on the Hot 100 Chart for a third non consecutive week at number-one.

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.

Chart dated 10th April

“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” entered the Pop Songs chart at number 30 on the issue dated August 29, 2020, becoming the band’s sixth entry on the ranking. On the week of November 7, it reached the ninth position, becoming their first top ten on the chart, and also the highest charting song by a Korean act, besting Psy’s “Gangnam Style” (2012).

In January 2021, Billboard announced that “Dynamite” was the number one selling single in the US of 2020, and the only song to exceed 1 million downloads. It sold a total of 1.3 million copies across all formats 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

During the inaugural week of the Billboard Global 200 which tracks the most streamed and digitally sold songs in over 200 territories, and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. which tracks the same metrics excluding the US, “Dynamite” launched at number two on both the charts

The following week, the song climbed to number one on the Global Excl. U.S. chart with 67.4 million streams and 18,000 downloads sold in territories outside the US. In its third week, “Dynamite” reached number one on the Global 200 chart with 92.1 million global streams and 58,000 global downloads sold, becoming the most-streamed and most-sold song globally.

The single topped the Global Excl. U.S. chart for a second consecutive week, becoming the first song to top both charts simultaneously. It spent a record four and eight weeks on top of the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts respectively.

On March 9, 2021, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) published its annual top-10 charts. “Dynamite” was listed as the 10th best-selling digital single of 2020 globally, having amassed 1.28 billion subscription stream equivalents worldwide in less than five months.

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