BTS’s Latest Single Is Now Their Biggest Ever On Canadian Radio
Last week, BTS scored another top 10 hit on the all-genre, all-encompassing Canadian Hot 100, which ranks the most-consumed songs in the northern nation. Their tune “Permission to Dance” opened inside the loftiest tier on the tally, though it didn’t manage to hold on for very long. This frame, the cut falls to No. 29 while “Butter,” which is still being promoted as a proper single, slides back one space to No. 14.
Both of BTS’s currently-charting tracks may be losing ground on the main songs ranking in Canada, but on the most important radio list, one of the two advances again, quickly becoming not just the band’s biggest win, but a historic success among the septet’s countrymen.
On this week’s Canadian All-Format Airplay chart, Billboard’s weekly look at the songs that reach the largest audience on all formats and genres of radio in Canada, “Butter” lifts from No. 12 to No. 11. Stepping up one space might not seem like much, but it’s a notable advancement for the group based on where they’re originally from.
Now that it’s up to No. 11, “Butter” is officially the second-highest-charting song by a South Korean musical act of all time in Canada, at least on the Canadian All-Format Airplay chart. Last frame, when the summer hit sat at No. 12, it was tied for this honor with BTS’s other smash “Dynamite,” which once rose as high as twelfth place. Now, that track has been demoted slightly, and it sits as the third-highest-charting track by a musical entity hailing from the Asian territory.
The best-performing song by a South Korean artist in the history of the Canadian All-Format Airplay chart remains Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which hasn’t been challenged in nearly a decade for its title. That viral video and single once lifted all the way to No. 8 back in 2012 when it was in the middle of its global domination. The tune remains the only top 10 hit by a South Korean act on the radio-only list in Canada, at least for now.
“Butter” is just one rung away from becoming the second-ever top 10 hit on the Canadian All-Format Airplay chart by a South Korean artist, and it could conceivably reach that vital and competitive region in the coming frames. The cut’s rapid ascent has certainly slowed, but BTS’s top 40 smash is still playing well on radio stations across the Western hemisphere, and it may soon make history in one more fashion up north.