BTS’s “Dynamite” continues its slow descent down Billboard’s Pop Songs chart this week, the ranking that lists the tracks that reach the largest audience on a selection of the most popular pop/top 40 radio stations in the U.S. This frame, the cut dips from No. 14 to No. 17, a rather small decline, but by holding on for another turn, the title has helped the band make history in yet another fashion.
“Dynamite” is now the first track by a South Korean musical act to make it to 20 weeks on the Pop Songs chart, and thus it now claims the title of being the longest-charting effort by a band or soloist from that country.
Before this week, “Dynamite” was tied with Psy’s introductory and world-domination “Gangnam Style,” which reached the Pop Songs chart back in 2012. At the time, the track went from being a viral sensation to a proper radio hit, as it lived on the list for 19 weeks. Now, it moves from first place to second on the ranking of the longest-charting tunes by South Korean acts, and there’s no looking back.
Benefiting BTS is the fact that “Dynamite,” while released by a South Korean band who made a name for themselves by largely performing in their first language, is sung entirely in English. That makes it easier for radio programmers across the country to put the catchy disco-leaning composition into heavy rotation and keep it there.
In addition to now being the longest-charting single by a South Korean artist in Pop Songs history, “Dynamite” broke the record as the highest-charting cut last year. The tune worked its way to No. 5, beating Psy’s aforementioned “Gangnam Style,” which only lifted to No. 10. For many years, that success stood as the only top 10 hit by a Korean star in the decades-long tenure of the Pop Songs tally, but that is no longer the case.
Seeing as “Dynamite” is only down to No. 17 on a chart that features 40 spaces, there’s plenty of reason to believe the tune won’t vanish anytime soon. In fact, it would be reasonable to expect the earworm to hold on for several more weeks, or perhaps even another month or so. From now on, anytime BTS’s biggest hit yet finds a spot on the ranking, it further extends its record as the longest-charting ever.
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