BTS’s ‘My Universe’ Is The Fifth-Longest-Charting Hot 100 Hit Of All Time By A K-Pop Act


NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 31: BTS attend Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest … [+] 2020 on December 31, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions )

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Last week, it looked like BTS and Coldplay’s hit single “My Universe” was about to fall off the Hot 100, Billboard’s weekly ranking of the most-consumed songs in the U.S. The tune cratered from No. 54 to No. 94, nearly leaving the tally entirely. Now, it’s gained a bit of ground, and by appearing on the tally at all, it has continued its historic winning streak.

“My Universe” has now spent 17 weeks on the Hot 100, making it one of the top five longest-charting songs of all time by a South Korean musical act. In fact, it’s now alone in fifth place, recently earning this specific and honorable spot in the history books.

Currently, BTS also happens to claim the longest-running hit in Hot 100 history by a K-pop act. The band’s “Dynamite” once spent a whopping 32 weeks on the all-encompassing ranking, beating the previous record-holder by just one frame. That tune debuted at No. 1 back in 2020, giving the septet their first leader, and it held on for months, becoming a rare radio, streaming and sales smash by a South Korean act. 

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Psy comes in second with his boundary-pushing and historic smash “Gangnam Style.” That tune lived on the Hot 100 for 31 weeks between 2012 and 2013. Somewhat disappointingly, it stalled at No. 2, unable to capture the throne, and it would be more than half a decade before BTS became the first South Korean act of any kind to rise all the way to the summit with “Dynamite.”

The next two tunes are tied with one another, as they both racked up 20 weeks on the Hot 100. Pinkfong’s “Baby Shark” was the earlier of the two, as it broke onto the tally in 2019. The viral YouTube sensation benefited immensely from its insane popularity on the video hosting site, and it recently became the first upload to land 10 billion views. BTS’s own 2021 smash “Butter” spent the same amount of time on the tally, though it was a much bigger hit, as it spent half of those frames on the throne. 

As it’s now just a few spots from falling off the Hot 100 entirely, it doesn’t seem likely that “My Universe” will be able to tie “Butter” and “Baby Shark” with 20 weeks on the chart, though nothing is impossible when it comes to BTS. If the Coldplay collab, which debuted in first place on the competitive tally, does manage to secure three more stays on the list, it will tie those two smashes as the third-longest-charting hit by a South Korean act of any kind in U.S. history.

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