Loud and happy screams erupt as they hear their first No. 1 hit on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart from the seven-member BTS pop stars.
“DREAM,” band member RM screams. “It still doesn’t feel real,” adds SUGA, speaking through a translator into Korean. “We are happy indeed.”
“Dynamite,” the group’s first all-English song, debuted this week at No. 1 on American music charts, making BTS the first Korean pop act to top the chart. To claim the No. 1 position, the upbeat song even replaced “WAP,” the raunchy smash hit by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion.
“Never expected it,” RM also says, beating “WAP” for the top spot to the Associated Press. “Never! It is like a year’s song.”
BTS are going global as they are popular everywhere
But getting their first chart-topping track seemed inevitable for the K-pop boy band, which in the last few years has continued to find big success in the U.S. They’ve had four albums top of Billboard’s 200 album chart, they’ve achieved Top 10 Hot 100 successes with “Boy With Luv,” “On” and “Fake Love,” and they’ve sold out U.S. football stadiums in just minutes that some pop stars need to join forces to perform at.
And they also went from winning honours like “top social artist” to being named best group and best pop act, beating out Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, twenty-one pilots, Jonas Brothers and others, even at U.S. awards shows. They have won all four prizes for which they were nominated at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday.
When asked whether BTS — who launched their debut single in 2013 — felt that they had started gaining more recognition from the U.S., RM said: “We feel that certainly.”
It could also be time for the first Grammy nomination by BTS, too. They are very excited for this. Grammy nomination is something to look forward to.