By securing the # 1 spot, the song destroyed Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion’s WAP hit, an unsafe track for work that held No. 1 for two weeks.
BTS’s latest achievement comes after hitting No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in March with the song On.
Three BTS albums have reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Album charts, helped in part by the mobilization of their community of loyal and passionate fans, known collectively as BTS ARMY (Adorable Representative MC for Youth). But first place on the Hot 100 – which combines American streaming, radio broadcast and digital sales data to rank the top hits – has eluded the group so far.
BTS’s J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga and V are the first all-South Korean group to reign supreme on the rankings. South Korean soloist PSY reached second place for seven weeks in late 2012 with his viral dance juggernaut Gangnam Style.
The first Asian artist to top the charts is Japanese-born crooner Kyu Sakamoto, whose charts Sukiyaki held for three weeks in June 1963.
K-pop – along with K-drama soap operas – has become one of South Korea’s most successful cultural exports.