, BTS Break Their Tie With Psy On Billboard’s Pop Radio Chart As ‘Butter’ Continues To Climb, The Nzuchi News Forbes

BTS Break Their Tie With Psy On Billboard’s Pop Radio Chart As ‘Butter’ Continues To Climb

, BTS Break Their Tie With Psy On Billboard’s Pop Radio Chart As ‘Butter’ Continues To Climb, The Nzuchi News Forbes

BTS may seem to be balancing their time between two singles—“Butter” is still going strong as newer cut “Permission to Dance” descends from the No. 1 rung on the Hot 100, swapping spots with its predecessor—but when it comes to radio promotion, the band’s attention remains laser-focused. This week, one of the septet’s globe-conquering smashes hits a new high, and in doing so, it helps them break out of a tie with one of the most successful acts from their home country.

On the current edition of Billboard’s Pop Airplay chart, which every week ranks the tracks that reach the largest audience at pop radio across the U.S., BTS’s “Butter” advances slightly once again. The tune lifts one space to No. 9, hitting a new previously-unknown high in the process. The summer-ready composition is very slowly gaining ground, and now it stands as the second-highest-charting song by a South Korean musical act of any kind in the history of the Pop Airplay ranking.

Last week, “Butter” was comfortable at No. 10, and it also stood as the second-highest-charting song by a South Korean musical entity, though it was tied with another tune for that honor. BTS’s big radio hit was on the same level as Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which once stalled in tenth place on the Pop Airplay list. When it managed to rise to No. 10 back in 2012, it was a historic moment, as the viral sensation became the first South Korean artist to break into the loftiest tier on the important and competitive list.

, BTS Break Their Tie With Psy On Billboard’s Pop Radio Chart As ‘Butter’ Continues To Climb, The Nzuchi News Forbes

The highest-charting track by a South Korean musical act of any kind remains “Dynamite,” also by BTS. In 2020, that tune climbed all the way to No. 5, and it remains one of only three top 10s among K-pop stars and the sole top five entry…at least so far. At the rate “Butter” is rising, it could conceivably tie “Dynamite,” but its momentum seems to be slowing noticeably, so the band may have to settle for claiming the top two biggest hits among South Koreans on the Pop Airplay list.

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