BTS are back at No. 1 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales chart this week with their new single “Film Out,” which was purchased by exactly 19,000 people in the U.S. during its initial seven-day period of availability, according to MRC Data. The band has reached the peak on the tally before (in fact, they were in charge of it last week), but this new smash is special for one specific reason.
“Film Out” marks BTS’s first No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart in Japanese, and now that one of their many singles in that tongue has reached the summit on that one Billboard tally, the band has ruled in three different languages.
BTS have now hit No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart with half a dozen tracks, winning with tunes performed in Korean, English and now Japanese, proving both how popular and versatile they are.
The seven-member vocal band first reached the Digital Song Sales chart’s summit in 2018 with “Fake Love,” and then a few months later they repeated their success with “Idol,” a collaboration with American rapper Nicki Minaj. They didn’t land another leader until 2020, when they collected three rulers. Last year, they saw their singles “On,” “Dynamite” and “Life Goes On” all hit the peak position for at least one spin, with the middle track ruling for a long, long time.
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BTS’s six No. 1 smashes on the Digital Song Sales chart show that sometimes they perform entirely in Korean (“Life Goes On”), sometimes they mix English and Korean (“Idol”), and in still other instances, they perform in another language entirely. “Dynamite” was the group’s first all-English cut, and that fact helped it perform as well as it did.
“Dynamite” didn’t just debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100, it racked up the largest sales frame in years, opening atop the Digital Song Sales chart with more than a quarter of a million copies sold. To put that sum into perspective, the bestselling title in the U.S. during any given week usually sells under 50,000 copies. Just last week, it broke the all-time record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on the list, pushing past Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito” with an eighteenth spin atop the ranking.
Throughout their career, BTS have doled out singles in Korean, Japanese and English, and now they’ve hit No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart with all three (as well as a mix of them), but they don’t typically sing in other tongues, so there’s nothing left for them to do but…continue to release chart-toppers and push their count higher and higher.