BTS’ “Dynamite” Breaks “Despacito’s” All-time Record on This Week’s Billboard Digital Song Sales Chart

BTS’ “Dynamite” maintains its No. 1 position on this week’s Digital Song Sales chart for an 18th week with 37,600 copies sold . As a result the song breaks the all-time record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on the chart which was previously held by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito,” featuring Justin Bieber.

“Dynamite” was the best-performing song of September and October 2020 in South Korea, based on digital sales, streaming, and background music (instrumental track) downloads. The song exceeded 250,000 downloads in 2021 and was awarded platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) that February.

“Dynamite” debuted atop the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, selling 265,000 downloads, the biggest pure sales week.

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, by more than a 2.2x multiple.

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

Following the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards on March 14, Billboard reported a surge in sales of all songs performed on the show for that day. “Dynamite” sold an additional 10,500 copies, a 2,748% increase, and was the top-selling track of the night.

On the Hot 100 issue of the same date, the single spent its 31st consecutive week inside the top 50, tying with “Gangnam Style” as the longest-charting songs by a Korean artist on there. The following week, Dynamite became both the longest-running number one on the Digital Songs chart and the longest-charting song by a Korean artist on the Hot100 respectively, when it spent its 18th non-consecutive week atop the former with over 37,600 copies sold, and its 32nd week on the latter, for their issues dated April 10, 2021.

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