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Grammy nominated BTS makes history with a Korean song as ‘Life Goes On’ earns No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100

en Bollywood News Grammy nominated BTS makes history with a Korean song as ‘Life Goes On’ earns No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100

Can we get a Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Jung Hoseok, Park Jimin, Kim Taehyung, Jeon Jungkook, BTS? Saying something like it's a huge day for BTS would be an understatement. Right after their Grammy nomination for the English retro-pop disco single 'Dynamite', their studio album 'BE', completely in Korean, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard 200 chart. The chart announcement was made on November 30, 2020 morning. It is their second chart-topper after their February 21, 2020, full-length album release 'Map Of The Soul: 7' and overall fifth No. 1 on the chart.

Grammy nominated BTS makes history with a Korean song as 'Life Goes On' earns No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100

Grammy nominated BTS makes history with a Korean song as ‘Life Goes On’ earns No. 1 spot on Billboard Hot 100


Now, BTS has done it again. They've earned their third No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart (following 'Dynamite' and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's 'Savage Love - Laxed – Siren Beat')and first with a Korean song. The title track 'Life Goes On' has soared to the top spot at Billboard Hot 100 with 'Dynamite' back on the chart on No. 3. The title track becomes first Korean song to even top the chart.

According to Billboard, "'Life Goes On' drew 14.9 million U.S. streams and sold 150,000 in the week ending Nov. 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also earned 410,000 radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Nov. 29 (with KJYO Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the lone reporter to play it double-digit times: 13)."

The report further states, "The first Hot 100 No. 1 in the Hot 100's history sung predominantly in Korean, it's the first No. 1 sung mostly in a language other than English since Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's predominantly Spanish-language 'Despacito' (featuring Justin 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, Los Lobos' all-Spanish-language cover of Ritchie Valens' 'La Bamba' led in 1987.

All of the songs from 'BE', the 8-track album, is simultaneously ranking in the top 10 on this week's Digital Song Sales chart. The title track 'Life Goes On' which is of the Alternative Hip Hop genre with sentimental acoustic guitar sounds has debuted at No. 1 on this week's Digital Song Sales chart with over 129K copies sold in the US. The song 'Blue & Grey' debuts at No. 2 with over 69K copies sold in the US. This is followed by 'Stay' making its debut at No. 3 with over 58K copies sold. At No. 4 is 'Telepathy' with 20K copies sold in the US. 'Dis-ease' makes its debut at No. 5 with 20K copies sold, 'Fly To My Room' at No. 6 with 20K copies sold and 'Skit', the vivid record of the conversations of BTS after they first topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart and 'Dynamite', debuts at No. 9 in the US. With this, the septet has now become the first act in US history to occupy the entire top 6 on the Digital Song Sales chart.

In 'BE', BTS opens themselves up to express their mixed feelings about this situation—fear and anxiety mingled with the determination to overcome all this. The album contains the band’s emotions and ruminations they had throughout this year, and the story of “us” continuing the existential journey. That is also the reasoning behind the album’s title, BE, that stands for “to be” or “existence” and does not abide by any form.

Once again BTS proves that music transcends language. No matter how many hurdles they face, their music resonates with the audience and that's what matters. This happened with next to no radio play for the title track in the US whereas their English single 'Dynamite' received a massive response. Even with these kinds of hurdles, they are breaking barriers one album at a time. BTS is here to stay and will continue to be superstars.

ALSO READ: BTS earns their fifth No. 1 album with 'BE' on Billboard 200, their second chart-topper this year after 'Map Of The Soul: 7' 


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