Only a handful of musicians in the world are popular enough to even have a shot at debuting a song at No. 1 on the Hot 100, as it requires a specific set of circumstances and a massive, plugged in and dedicated fan base that’s willing to rush to buy and stream the latest from their favorites. This week, one of those acts earns another chart-topping start on the most competitive songs ranking in the U.S., replacing a very familiar tune in first place.
BTS’s new song “Permission to Dance” debuts at No. 1 on this week’s Hot 100, giving the septet their fifth champion on the list, which incorporates sales, streaming and radio data to rank the most-consumed tracks in the U.S. every seven days. The title debuts in first place, making history in a number of ways by doing so.
“Permission to Dance” replaces BTS’s own “Butter” at No. 1, pushing the leader off the throne after seven consecutive turns atop the tally. The immediate success enjoyed by the South Korean superstars makes them one of a very, very small number of artists in U.S. history to replace themselves in the highest rung on the ranking. With their latest accomplishment, the K-pop titans join a club that includes The Beatles, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Puff Daddy, The Weeknd and Drake, the most recent musician to do so.
Before “Permission to Dance” opened in first place on the Hot 100, BTS had previously ruled with the aforementioned “Butter” as well as 2020 champions “Dynamite,” “Life Goes On” and “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat),” which was fronted by Jason Derulo and Jawsh 685 and which featured BTS on a remix that lifted to the peak spot.
Amazingly, BTS have now accrued all five of their Hot 100 No. 1s in less than 12 months. They first appeared in the top spot on the chart dated September 5, 2020, when “Dynamite” beat every other song for the first of three weeks.
“Permission to Dance” arrives at No. 1 thanks in large part to a massive sales sum. The track sold 140,100 copies in the first seven days it was available. The tune racked up 15.9 million streams across video and streaming sites, and minimal airplay (1.1 million impressions), as it wasn’t properly promoted to radio stations across the U.S.
In addition to earning a fifth No. 1, BTS also collect their eight top 10 on the Hot 100 with “Permission to Dance.”