BTS Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard with Song in Korean and Hit Historic Levels Like The Beatles and the Bee Gees


December 01, 2020

The famous Korean K-Pop group BTS, released a song alluding to the hard times that we have had to live through confinement due to the coronavirus pandemic entitled “Life Goes On”, the song managed to rise above the Billboard Hot 100 list songs at No. 1.

The song is the third Hot 100 No. 1 from the South Korean septet, all in a span of three months, following Jason Derulo’s “Dynamite” and “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”, the latter headlined by BTS’s Remixes.

“Life Goes On” is also the first Hot 100 No. 1 in the chart’s 62-year history, sung predominantly in Korean.

The Hot 100 combines the “Stream” of all US genres (Official Audio and Official Video) in radio and sales data. All charts will be updated on Billboard.com tomorrow (December 1).

Additionally, “Life Goes On,” released on November 20 by BigHit Entertainment / Columbia Records as part of BTS’s new album, “Be,” ranks number 1114 in Hot 100 history.

“Life Goes On” drew 14.9 million streams in the United States and sold 150,000 in the week ending November 26, according to Nielsen Music / MRC Data. It also garnered 410,000 radio broadcast audience impressions in the week ending November 29 (with KJYO Oklahoma City, Oklahoma the only reporter to replay it in double digit times: 13).

The track debuts at No. No. 1 in Digital Song Sales Chart and No. 14 in Streaming Songs.

BTS wins the fifth number one album on the Billboard 200 chart with ‘Be’, BTS’s third Hot 100 No. 1 in 3 months with “Life Goes On”. Their release at the top of the chart dated December 5 follows “Dynamite,” which started at the top of the September 5 poll and led for three weeks in total, and “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) ”By Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo, who, aided by BTS remixes, topped the chart for October 17th.

Covering a span of exactly three months (charts dated September 5 to December 5), BTS scores the fastest accumulation of three Hot 100 No. 1s in over 42 years, since the Bee Gees tripled in two months. and three weeks. with a trio of singles from the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack: “How Deep Is Your Love” (three weeks at number one, beginning December 24, 1977); “Stayin ‘Alive” (Four, February 4, 1978); and “Night Fever” (eight, March 18, 1978).

BTS has reached their first three No. 1s faster than any act since The Beatles, whose top three leaders, “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “She Loves You,” and “Can’t Buy Me Love,” all reached No. 1 in a span of just two months and three days (from February 1 to April 4, 1964).

BTS is the second act with three Hot 100 No. 1s in 2020, after Ariana Grande, who has led with “Stuck With U” (with Bieber; May 23); “Rain on Me” (with Lady Gaga; June 6); and “Positions” (November 7). BTS is the first act of more than two members with three songs to spend their first weeks each at No. 1 in the same year since, again, the Bee Gees trio, who sent three hits to No. 1 in 1979: “Too Much Heaven”, “Tragedy” and “Love You Inside Out”.

First duo / group with 2 No. 1 Hot 100 debuts: BTS is the first duo or group with two No. 1 Hot 100 debuts, as “Life Goes On” follows “Dynamite” in its summit premiere.

“Life Goes On” is the 46th single overall to start at No. 1 on the Hot 100. It is the 11th to do so in 2020 (all since April), nearly triple the previous record for the most in a single. year, as four songs entered No. 1 in both 1995 and 2018.BTS & More: Top 10 Non-English Languages ​​in Hot 100 History
First Number One Debut Predominantly in a Non-English Language: “Life Goes On” is the first song sung in a language other than English to open at the top of the Hot 100.

The first No. 1 Hot 100 in Hot 100 history sung predominantly in Korean, it is the first No. 1 sung primarily in a language other than English since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s “Despacito” predominantly in Spanish (featuring Bieber ), which reigned for 16 weeks in 2017. Before “Despacito,” no such song had topped the Hot 100 since Los Del Rio’s “Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix),” which ruled for 14 weeks in 1996. Before That, the totally Spanish song by Los Lobos -covered in the language of Ritchie Valens’s “La Bamba” directed in 1987.

Meanwhile their song “Dynamite” from the BTS album Be, bounces from No. 14 to No. 3 on the Hot 100. Among acts of more than two members, BTS is the first to claim two spots on the top three of the Hot 100, or top five, simultaneously since The Black Eyed Peas, which doubled for five weeks in June-July 2009 with “Boom Boom Pow” and “I Gotta Feeling.”

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