Bangtan Boys Continue to Break New Ground on Billboard Singles Chart

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    December 01, 2020 12:05

    Boy band Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, have achieved yet another feat by topping the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart with a song sung in Korean.

    "Life Goes On," the lead track from their latest album "BE," reached No. 1 on the singles chart this week.

    "The song is the [Korean] septet's third Hot 100 No. 1, all in a span of three months, following 'Dynamite' and Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo's 'Savage Love (Laxed - Siren Beat),' the latter of which led aided by BTS remixes," Billboard said on Monday.

    "'Life Goes On' is also the first Hot 100 No. 1 in the chart's 62-year history sung predominantly in Korean."

    "Dynamite" was the first-ever K-pop song to top the chart but it was sung in English.

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    Billboard said the band achieved the fastest accumulation of three songs on the chart in 42 years, since the British band Bee Gees accomplished the feat in two months and three weeks.

    They also landed their first three No. 1s on the chart in the shortest period of time since The Beatles did it in two months and three days.

    As a duo/group, they are the first to enter the chart at No. 1 twice.

    The boys also broke new ground for a K-pop act, as they are one of only two acts to have an album and song debut at No. 1 on their respective charts in the same week, with "BE" achieving the feat on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart. Taylor Swift is the only other act to do so, according to the Billboard.

    The song "Life Goes On" carries a message of hope and comfort during this troubled time of the coronavirus epidemic.

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