BTS Makes Billboard History As “Butter” Debuts At No. 1 On Hot 100
On June 1 local time, Billboard officially announced that BTS’s latest single “Butter” had entered Billboard’s famous Hot 100 chart—its weekly ranking of the most popular songs in the United States—at No. 1.
As “Dynamite,” “Life Goes On,” and “Butter” all debuted at No. 1 on the chart, BTS has now become the first group in history to have three songs enter Billboard’s Hot 100 at No. 1. According to Billboard, no other group has more than one. The only artists who have debuted more than three songs at No. 1 on the Hot 100 are Ariana Grande (5), Justin Bieber (4), and Drake (4).
Notably, it took BTS just nine months to rack up their first four No. 1s on the Hot 100, making them the fastest artist to achieve the feat since Justin Timberlake in 2006-2007. Among groups, they are the fastest to land their first four No. 1s on the chart since the Jackson 5 in 1970.
“Butter” also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart (which measures digital sales in the United States) this week, making them the first group in history ever to top the chart with seven different songs.
According to MRC Data (formerly Nielsen Music), “Butter” earned a total of 32.2 million U.S. streams and sold 242,800 downloads in the week ending on May 27. The song also garnered 18.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending on May 30.
Additionally, “Butter” debuted at No. 1 on both Billboard’s Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts, achieving the highest weekly worldwide streams and sales since Billboard first launched the charts last year. The two charts rank songs based on streaming and sales data from more than 200 territories.
The new single also entered Billboard’s Streaming Songs chart at No. 4 and Radio Songs chart at No. 39, making it the group’s highest debut on the latter chart after “Dynamite” (which entered the chart at No. 49 and peaked at No. 10 last year).
Congratulations to BTS on their historic achievements!