BTS keeps high rankings on Billboard Hot 100 for the 9th week with ‘Butter’

The first place of Billboard Hot 100 this week is not BTS’ anymore but a song of an Australian rapper.

BTS keeps high rankings on Billboard Hot 100 for the 9th week with ‘Butter’
‘Butter’ holds the longest-running No. 1 record of this year, creating outstanding records

On the 9th (local time), Billboard announced that ‘Butter’ ranked fourth on the main single chart Hot 100.

‘Butter,’ released on May 21, has topped the Hot 100 for the longest nine weeks of this year. It beat Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Driver’s License’ (eight weeks in total), which previously held the longest record this year.

‘Butter’ topped the chart for seven consecutive weeks upon its release, then handed over the crown for one week to another BTS song, ‘ Permission to Dance,’ and then returned to the top for two consecutive weeks afterward. As a result, ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance’ took over the top spot.

Butter’s record is one of its kind in Billboard history.

Since early June, BTS has taken over the Hot 100 with its two songs, ‘ Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance,’ but gave up the first place in 10 weeks.

Starting with ‘Dynamite’ last year, BTS’ five songs ranked at the top of the hot 100 in 10 months and two weeks. This is the shortest period to win first place since ‘King of Pop’ Michael Jackson (9 months and 2 weeks) from 1987 to 1988. BTS has held Hot 100’s No. 1 records 15 times with ‘Dynamite’ (3 times), ‘Savage Love’ remix (once), ‘Life goes on’ (once), ‘Permission to Dance’ (once), and ‘Butter’ (9 times).

The Hot 100, which determines the most popular songs in the U.S., ranks songs by counting its downloads and physical album sales, streaming figures, and radio broadcasts.

BTS keeps high rankings on Billboard Hot 100 for the 9th week with ‘Butter’

‘Butter’ recorded 79,200 downloads between the 30th of last month and the 5th of this month, the 11th week of its release. Sales fell 30% from the previous week but remained at the top of the digital song sales chart for 10 weeks.

The high sales of ‘Butter’ and ‘Permission to Dance’ became a foothold for BTS’ long-term occupation of Billboard and showed the power of BTS fans in the U.S. music market. The case proves that having a solid and dedicated fan base can shake the established charts.

Butter’s radio audience totaled 31.6 million, more than 4% from the previous week. ‘Radio Song’ chart ranking also rose one notch to 20th.

Meanwhile, this week’s Hot 100 No. 1 spot was won by Australian rookie rapper The Kid Laroi’s song ‘Stay’, collaborating with Justin Bieber.

Billboard stated that it is the first time in more than 40 years that a male solo artist from Australia has reached the top of the Hot 100 since Rick Springfield – Jessie’s Girl.

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