BTS began making history several years ago when they first started reaching the Hot 100 with songs performed in Korean. At the time, their success in America with a non-English track was fairly shocking, and since then, they’ve demonstrated time and time again just how powerful they are.
Now, BTS have not only managed to send quite a few Korean-language tracks to Billboard’s most competitive and important songs ranking throughout their time together, they have also reached the tally with music performed in not just one more, but two other tongues.
As of this week, BTS have now appeared on the Hot 100 with songs performed in three languages: Korean, English and Japanese. The group scores their first-ever Japanese hit in the U.S. with new single “Film Out,” which debuts on the latest edition of the tally at No. 81. In addition to being their debut win in that language, “Film Out” is also the septet’s twentieth track to find its way to the roster.
Among their 20 Hot 100 hits, just one is in Japanese, while one other is performed entirely in English. The group’s “Dynamite” was their first major win in that one tongue, which helped it become as massively successful in countries like the U.S. and U.K. as it was. The tune debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 last year, giving BTS their first leader on the list and making them the first musical act from South Korea to reach the throne.
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The other 18 songs BTS have sent to the Hot 100 throughout the years are largely performed in their native tongue of Korean, though they have mixed things up before. Several of their big hits feature American musicians such as Halsey and Nicki Minaj, who sing and rap in English. There are also plenty of tracks in the seven-member vocal band’s discography that see the members singing and rapping in both Korean and English.
“Film Out” serves as the first (and seemingly only) single from BTS’s upcoming Japanese compilation BTS, the Best, which arrives in mid-June. The project is a collection of most of the group’s biggest hits performed in that language, with “Dynamite” added as a bonus cut for good measure.