BTS Join Ariana Grande As The Only Artists To Debut Three Songs At No. 1 On The Hot 100 In A Year
BTS rule over the Hot 100 this week with their new single “My Universe,” which is jointly fronted by British band Coldplay. The two groups debut the tune atop Billboard’s weekly ranking of the most-consumed songs in the U.S., and because it launches in first place, as opposed to climbing to the summit, the cut helps the South Korean act make important history.
With another instant champion to their credit, BTS have become just the second name in U.S. history to debut three songs at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in a calendar year. They join one of the most successful singers of all time in this demonstration of incredible popularity and power.
In 2020, Ariana Grande became the first musician to launch a trio of singles atop the Hot 100 in a single year, and she wasn’t alone in most of her successes. The pop superstar appeared in first place on the ranking with an immediate ruler alongside Justin Bieber on “Stuck With U.” Less than one month later, she repeated that feat, as “Rain on Me,” a collaboration with Lady Gaga, also kicked off its time on the tally ahead of every other cut. Before 2020 wrapped, her solo smash “Positions” opened at No. 1 as well.
BTS collected their three No. 1 debuts on the Hot 100 in an even shorter span of time, as they started their successful run this year in June, meaning they’ve scored a trio of champions in just over four months. The South Korean septet’s own releases “Butter” and “Permission to Dance” both launched atop the ranking, with the latter cut actually replacing the former, and then the exact opposite happening as well one frame later.
Both BTS and Grande have earned five No. 1 debuts on the Hot 100, and the two figures are currently tied with Drake for the most quick champions in the chart’s decades-long history.