BTS’s New Song Debuts With 140,100 Downloads, Earning The Third-Largest Sales Week Of 2021 In The U.S.
BTS collect their fifth career No. 1 on the Hot 100 this week with their latest song “Permission to Dance,” which debuts in first place on the weekly ranking of the most-consumed songs in the U.S., though nothing is confirmed until Billboard announces it.
Helping “Permission to Dance” snag its impressive starting point on the Hot 100 is a massive sales figure, one which seemingly only BTS can manage these days.
According to Billboard, BTS’s “Permission to Dance” sold 140,100 downloads in the U.S. in the first seven days it was available. That’s a nearly unheard of sum in today’s all-streaming music industry, and the South Korean band may be the only name left pushing hits in America that can even approach such lofty heights.
140,100 copies sold in one week is easily enough for “Permission to Dance” to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart, which will be revealed in full tomorrow (July 20). The track will become the band’s eighth leader on the ranking and their twenty-sixth top 10. Amazingly, “Permission to Dance” is slated to replace BTS’s current single “Butter” atop the sales-only list, as that track has been selling exceptionally well for nearly two months now. In fact, since “Butter” started off at No. 1, it has sold more than 100,000 every week, except this time around, as many fans focused their efforts on the newer cut.
“Permission to Dance” now claims the third-largest sales week of 2021 among digital releases. The group appears to now be responsible for all of the top 10 biggest digital sales frames of the year, which they have managed between their singles “Butter,” “Dynamite” and now their latest win.
BTS’s latest almost earned the second-largest sales frame of the year on the Digital Song Sales chart, but it misses out on doing so by just 100 units. The band’s own “Butter” managed 140,200 copies one frame in early June. The largest sales frame of 2021 also goes to “Butter,” as it sold 242,800 copies in its initial frame of availability.