"Soup" debuts with 9.7 million U.S. streams and 11,000 downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Music.
J-Hope becomes the sixth Korean-pop artist to have hit the Hot 100, and the third soloist. (Notably, fellow BTS member RM did jump on a remix of Lil Nas X's record-19-week No. 1 "Old Town Road," although he did not recieve Hot 100 chart billing, as their "Seoul Town Road" rework did not account for the bulk of the song's overall consumption in any week.)
The trilingual "Soup," which blends English, Korean and Spanish lyrics, also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart, earning J-Hope his second No. 1, after his 2018 release "Daydream." The 25-year-old is currently the only BTS member with a solo No. 1 on the chart. "Soup" also scores Becky G her first career entry on World Digital Song Sales.
"Soup" was fueled not only by the BTS A.R.M.Y. craving new material from the guys since their announced vacation, but a #CNSChallenge that saw J-Hope break down the song's choreography on the group's newly opened TikTok account, got members V and Jungkook in on the craze and saw BTS label mates Tomorrow X Together involved. But perhaps even more notably than its viral appeal is the wide range of representation featured in the song (a Korean rapper, a Latinx singer, samples of a hip-hop song that honors Harlem [of the same name, by Da Drizzle, from 2006]) and video itself (with reportedly more than 50 countries represented by the multicultural dance crew).