Whether or not K-pop is your preferred music genre or not, there is a pretty good chance you’d heard of BTS. The South Koren boyband are really kicking butt and taking names in the music industry, topping charts like it’s nobody’s business. And on Monday, BTS hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with their new single “Dynamite.” The music video for “Dynamite” broke the record for most views on YouTube within 24 hours of release with over 101 million views. They are the first South Korean artist to top the Billboard charts. The highest record before “Dynamite” was PSY’s “Gangnam Style” which hit No. in 2012. The seven-member boyband released their latest single 10 days ago. “Dynamite” is their first single completely sung in English. It also became the biggest Spotify debut of 2020 to date and became the fastest song to top over 100 iTunes charts worldwide.
On Sunday, BTS gave their first performance for the MTV VMAs, taking home a number of awards including best pop music video, best choreography, best group, and best K-pop group. Jimin, one of the seven members, said “tears kept coming,” adding in a tweet that he “didn’t know what to say.” He also thanked their fans, known as ARMY, saying, “I’m out of my mind now but you guys made this [happen].” Another member Suga simply poted a bunch of crying emojis. Many fans on Twitter took to congratulate the group.
Even South Korea President Moon Jae-in commented saying the boys had achieved a “splendid feat.” Mr. Moon said, “After having topped the Billboard 200 main album chart four times, they have no reached No. 1 on both charts. The song Dynamite had been composed to give a message of comfort…it will bring consolation to Koreans suffering from the national crisis caused by Covid-19.” The group said they wanted the song to convey “positive vibes, energy, hope, love, purity, everything.” It appears BTS have achieved all that and much more.