BTS’ singles “Film Out,” “Life Goes On” and “Dynamite” have all charted on Billboard Hot 100, Billboard Global 200, Billboard Global Excl. U.S, and Billboard Digital Song Sales Charts. BTS have now charted 3 Songs in 3 Different Languages (Japanese, Korean and English) respectively, making them the first and only artist to do so in Billboard history!
It is no secret that BTS are history makers and chart breakers. BTS’ Billboard history began with their first no. 1 on Billboard. Words like “first,” “fastest,” “history,” ” best-selling “ and “only” should really be put as BTS’ other official names. BTS became the first Korean act to top the US Billboard 200 chart with their studio album Love Yourself: Tear (2018) BTS also became the fastest group since the Beatles to earn four US number-one albums, doing so in less than two years. Love Yourself: Answer (2018) was the first Korean album certified platinum by the RIAA.
BTS recently became the first all-South Korean act to reach number one on the Billboard Global 200 and US Billboard Hot 100 with their Grammy-nominated single “Dynamite” and remix of “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” and, with the release of “Life Goes On”, became the first group to have two number one debuts on the Hot 100.
“Film Out” (Japanese)
In the United States, with only one day of availability for the tracking week ending April 2, “Film Out” debuted at number 185 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart issue dated April 10, with 2,400 downloads sold and an accumulated 15 million streams. The following week, with its first full period of tracking from April 2–8, “Film Out” debuted on the Billboard Global 200 at number five, with 47.2 million streams and 66,000 sales, becoming BTS’ fifth top-10 entry on the chart.
The song moved up 182 spots on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart to number three, with 44.3 million streams and second-week sales of 47,000 copies, marking the greatest jump on the chart by any song.
“Film Out” became the group’s first Japanese-language song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, at number 81, and its 20th entry on the ranking overall.
With 19,000 copies sold, the song was the best-selling release of the week and topped the Billboard Digital Songs Sales chart. This marked BTS’ first Japanese-language number-one on the sales chart, sixth number-one overall, and 24th top-10 entry.
“Life Goes On” (Korean)
“Life Goes On” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, on the chart issue dated December 5, 2020, becoming BTS’ third number-one single in the United States in exactly three months. It is the first Korean language song in the chart’s 62-year history to debut atop the chart, as well as the first song sung predominantly in a non-English language since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” remix with Justin Bieber in 2017.”Life Goes On” is also the first Hot 100 No. 1 in sung predominantly in Korean.
The song topped the Billboard Digital Songs Sales chart issue of the same date, having sold 150,000 units (pure sales) in its opening week, including 129,000 digital downloads and 20,000 physical copies.
“Life Goes On” debuted at #1 on both Billboard Global Excl. U.S and Billboard Global 200
“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. “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 the Hot 100 for a third week at number-one.
“Dynamite” also debuted atop the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, selling 265,000 downloads—the biggest pure sales week.
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 Billboard 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 Billboard 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 Billboard 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 Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts respectively.
Having sold over 20 million albums on the Gaon Music Chart, BTS is the best-selling artist in South Korean history and holds the best-selling album in South Korea with Map of the Soul: 7. They are the first and only Asian and non-English speaking act to be named the IFPI Global Recording Artist of the Year (2020) and to chart on Billboard’s Top Touring Artists of the 2010s (placing at number 45).
During their Love Yourself World Tour, BTS became the first Asian and first non-English speaking act to headline and sell out Wembley Stadium and broke the record for the single highest-grossing engagement in Rose Bowl Stadium history.
It is safe and only factual to say that BTS are True Global Icons and “World Domination” is the truth for the members Jin, Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook.