BTS Jimin surpassed Beyoncé? Top 2 in 2023 downloads sales in the US
Jimin, a member of BTS, has showcased his global influence by boasting impressive sales in the US and Japan.
According to Charts Data, which delivers real-time news from the global music market, BTS Jimin‘s “Like Crazy” has set a record for the most downloads in the US in 2023 among male solo songs, thus achieving a new milestone in pop history, after ranking first on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart.
This is the second highest sales overall download sales in 2023 in the US, following Miley Cyrus’s “Flowers”. With this, “Like Crazy” by Jimin has even surpassed songs from top pop stars, such as Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” and Beyoncé’s “CUFF IT”.
Among the artists listed in the top 10 of download sales, Jimin is the only non-English speaking artist, both in a group and as a solo artist. In addition, his pre-released song “Set Me Free Pt.2” ranked 6th, making him the only artist with two songs in the top 10 downloads of the year.
On the other hand, “Like Crazy” previously surpassed 500,000 unit sales in 33 days, becoming the fastest release in the history of Korean solo artists and obtaining gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
This is a clear demonstration of Jimin’s status, seeing that “Like Crazy” is a pure solo song without collaboration with foreign artists. It is also known that Jimin has become the first and only Korean solo artist to acquire four gold certifications from the RIAA.
Alongside the US, Jimin also achieved excellent sales in Japan. His first solo album “FACE”, which includes “Like Crazy”, sold 248,400 copies and ranked 7th overall in the Oricon of the Year chart, the highest-ranking so far for a Korean solo artist.
“FACE” also set a new record for Korean solo artists on Oricon with a high initial sale of 222,120 copies, sweeping the “Weekly Digital Album Ranking”, “Weekly Album Ranking”, and “Weekly Combined Album Ranking”, earning the first weekly triple crown for a solo artist in 2023.
Also, it recorded a cumulative shipment of 250,000 copies and acquired platinum certification from the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). This is the highest record ever for a K-pop solo artist with a Korean album, and the only record for a Korean solo artist in 2023.
Jimin is writing a legend by breaking down the barriers of huge music markets, such as the US where it is difficult for non-English speaking artists to succeed, and Japan with high domestic consumption.