BTS / Photograph = Big Hit Entertainment

BTS has become the first Korean group to appear on both of Billboard’s primary charts (The Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200) at once.

According to the most recent charts published by Billboard on the 26th (local date and time), BTS’s song “DNA” came in at No. 85 on the Hot 100, while their new album LOVE YOURSELF 承 ‘Her’ came in at No. 7 on the Billboard 200.

BTS is the first K-pop act to ever simultaneously appear on the Billboard 200 and The Billboard Hot 100, which substantiates the actual popularity of BTS’s new music along with the status and influence of the group in the US. This incidence is particularly significant in that a K-pop act could be met with such a response from local fans in the US despite releasing a song in Korean and not engaging in any special promotional activities.

BTS on The Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 / Photograph = Billboard

This is the fifth album in a row from BTS to land on the Billboard charts. The previous four albums and their rankings on the Billboard chart include: The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 that ranked at No. 171 in December 2015; The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever that came in at No. 107 in May 2016; WINGS at No. 26 in October 2016; and YOU NEVER WALK ALONE at No. 61.

In addition, BTS has appeared on a number of other charts including Artist 100 (No. 5), the Digital Albums Chart (No. 3), Top Album Sales (No. 3), Billboard Canadian Albums (No. 3), Digital Song Sales (No. 37), and World Albums (No. 1). Their No. 1 ranking on the Social 50 chart this week marks the group’s 41st week at the top.

Billboard shined the spotlight on BTS by saying that “BTS is the first K-pop act to be ranked within the top 10 in the Billboard 200, and has succeeded in being ranked in the Hot 100 for the first time with its title song ‘DNA’.”

The response in Korea has also been electric. After making their comeback with “DNA” on SBS MTV’s The Show on September 26, the song got its first number one ranking on the music program.

Translated by Jennifer Earwood (earwoodjennifer@tenasia.co.kr)