Last week, BTS ruled the Digital Song Sales chart. This week, they’re in charge yet again, only this time, it’s with a different single.
BTS’s new hit “Film Out” debuts at No. 1 on the latest edition of the Digital Song Sales chart, Billboard’s weekly ranking of the tracks that actually sold the most copies in the past tracking period (as opposed to other lists like the Hot 100, which also incorporate streams and radio play). The tune sold eaxctly 19,000 copies in its first seven days of availability, according to information shared by MRC Data. That puts it ahead of major hits like “Leave the Door Open” by Silk Sonic (Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak), “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” by Lil Nas X and “Peaches” by Justin Bieber, Giveon and Daniel Caesar.
“Film Out” replaces BTS’s “Dynamite” atop the Digital Song Sales chart, helping the boy band accomplish a relatively rare feat. Even the biggest names in the American music industry have a difficult time replacing themselves at No. 1 on the list, as it requires them to not only be among the most popular acts in the industry, but also for a very specific set of circumstances to take place.
Last week, BTS’s “Dynamite” broke the all-time record for the most weeks spent atop the Digital Song Sales chart, as it earned its eighteenth turn on the throne. In doing so, it advanced beyond Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito,” which ruled for 17 frames during its heyday a few years back. The seven-member vocal act’s disco-pop smash may no longer be in control of the all-genre ranking, but its spot in the history books is set, at least for now.
Strangely, “Dynamite” isn’t present on the 50-spot Digital Song Sales chart this week, falling from No. 1 to at least No. 51 (though where it would rank if the ranking were longer isn’t clear).
“Film Out” is BTS’s sixth No. 1 and their twenty-fourth top 10 on the Digital Song Sales ranking. It’s also their first leader performed in Japanese, as much of the rest of their discography is sung in Korean, while “Dynamite” was an all-English chart-topper.
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The South Korean band’s latest leader is taken from their upcoming Japanese compilation BTS, the Best, which is slated to arrive in mid-June. All the sales “Film Out” has racked up in its first week should help it reach the Hot 100, which will be announced by Billboard at some point in the not-too-distant future.