As BTS hits No.1 on the Hot 100 (again), the group ties up Psy with a historically stable smash
BTS are back at # 1 on this week’s Hot 100 with their unstoppable smash “Butter,” which goes from # 7 to the throne after the South Korean voice re-released the summer’s newly crowned song with the rapper Megan Thee Stallion on board. The updated tune has now racked up 10 frames to top America’s most competitive singles list, and with one more spin on the tally guaranteed, the cup makes history in another way.
When Billboard refreshes the Hot 100 in its entirety tomorrow (Wednesday September 8), “Butter” will win its fifteenth stay in the ranking. It’s not a very long tenure for most mega hits, but if you look only at songs performed and released by musicians from South Korea, it’s a very impressive residency.
With 15 weeks spent on the Hot 100, “Butter” is the fourth longest song by a South Korean musical group. From tomorrow, the melody will be at the same level as Psy’s “Gentleman”, who left the leaderboard after 15 frames. This cut became the K-pop musician’s second top 10 on the list in 2013 when it peaked at No.5.
Earlier this year, BTS broke the all-time record for longest song by a South Korean musical group with their world-leading song “Dynamite”. This track, which debuted at No.1 on the Hot 100, becoming the first of five leaders (so far) in the group, lived in the leaderboard for a record-breaking 32 laps, releasing the tally in 2021.
“Dynamite” beat previous record holder, Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, by just one week. This smash, which became a South Korean musician’s first top 10 in U.S. history when he blocked a rung before launching the show in 2012, managed 31 images on the list.
The third oldest Hot 100 hit by a South Korean musical group is Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark”, which can be described as a sort of band / brand hybrid. The earworm only reached # 32, but it remained a viral sensation for years, and although it disappeared from the chart after 20 weeks, it still performs very well on platforms like YouTube. and Spotify to date.
In next week’s Hot 100, “Butter” will likely quit not only # 1, but possibly # 10 entirely. Drake is about to invade the charts with songs from his new album. Boy in love certified, and those immediate successes will push away everything else. BTS’s current smash will likely manage to hold on and reappear on the charts, and in doing so, it will sever its bond with “Gentleman,” standing on its own as the fourth longest song from a South Korean group.