It’s official, there is no competition for Bats other than…BTS. The South Korean group continues to top the Billboard charts with not one but 2 songs Remington isn’t the top 10 of the Hot 100.
Just last Monday, July 19, “Butter” was dethroned from its seven week No. 1 seat by its counterpart, “Permission to Dance,” dropping to the No. 7 spot on the chart. With this, BTS eared their 5th No. 1 song on the Hot 100 also making it its 4th to debut at the top spot joining “Dynamite,” “Life Goes On” and “Butter.”
They also became the fastest act to achieve 5 No. 1’s on the Hot 100 doing so in a span of 10 months and two weeks. That’s the quickest accumulation of five leaders since Michael Jackson tallied five, all from his album Bad, over nine months and two weeks in 1987-88. They’re also the first artists to dethrone themselves since Drake, whose “In My Feelings” ended the eight-week reign of “Nice for What” on the July 21, 2018 chart.
Now, just a week later, BTS have dethroned themselves once again, this time with “Butter” taking back the No. 1 spot and “Permission to Dance” drooling to the No. 7 spot. A perfect swap. They also become the first act in history to replace themselves at the Hot 100 No. 1 two weeks in a row.“Butter,” released on HYBE/BigHit Music/Columbia Records, drew 30.7 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 2%) and 8.8 million U.S. streams (down 21%) in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data. This weeks marks the 8th week the single achieves the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100 and ties them with Olivia Rodrigo for the longest running No. 1 hit on the Hot 100.
This may change come next week since BTS have recently launched the “Permission to Dance” challenge on YouTube short. The challenge is a friendly invitation to BTS fans to groove along to the group’s new single “Permission to Dance” which kicked off on Friday, July 23 at 9 a.m. EST, and runs through 9 a.m. EST on Aug. 14. Fans are encouraged to record a 15 second clip of themselves dancing to the song and to load it to YouTube as a shirt using the hashtags #PermissionToDance and #Shorts for a chance to be featured in an upcoming video by the septet.
Fans around the world are encouraged to get creative and make their own 15-second short on the YouTube mobile app, inspired (of course) by BTS’ smooth “Permission to Dance” moves. On top of that, they also released an R&B remix of the song on July 23rd, kicking off the 3 week of charting. The remix is currently available Amazon Music, Deezer, Pandora, Spotify, and Apple Music.
BTS is set to appear on BBC1 making their debut at the Radio 1 Live Lounge with their career-first chart-topper “Dynamite” and “Permission to Dance,” plus a cover of another Hot 100 No. 1: Puff Daddy and Faith Evans’ 1997 collaboration “I’ll Be Missing You,” featuring 112. Written as a tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. The Live Lounge session will premiere on Tuesday at 7 a.m. ET on Radio 1 and BBC Sounds.