September 06, 2018 10:03
"Idol," the new single by boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, debuted at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the fourth single by the K-pop boy band to appear on the U.S.-based music chart.
The track follows earlier BTS hits like "DNA," "MIC Drop" and "Fake Love" onto the chart.
Rapper Psy's "Gangnam Style" entered the chart at No. 64 in 2012 and climbed to No. 2, where it stayed for seven weeks.
According to Billboard, "Idol" was played 2.44 million times on streaming sites in the first week after its release. Its music video, featuring American rapper Nicki Minaj, garnered 56.26 million views within 24 hours of its release on YouTube. It broke the previous record set by Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" (43.2 million views).
"Idol" also reached No. 21 on the U.K. Singles Chart, surpassing the band's own previous record of No. 42 with their song "Fake Love."
BTS's success on global charts is largely thanks to their worldwide fan base, called "the Army." They are famous for calling radio stations across the U.S. to request the band's latest release.
"In My Feelings" by U.S. rapper Drake has topped the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks in a row.
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