Steve Aoki & BTS Enter Hot 100 With 'Waste It on Me' Collaboration
The new team-up earns BTS their first top 10 on the electronic-dance charts.
The DJ-producer's new single "Waste It on Me," featuring the Korean supergroup, debuts at No. 89 on the Hot 100 (dated Nov. 10). The track, which marks BTS' first all-English record, earned 5.8 million U.S. streams and sold 13,000 downloads in its first full week of tracking (ending Nov. 1), according to Nielsen Music. The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and digital sales data.
This isn't the first time Aoki and BTS have appeared together on the charts. "Waste It on Me" is the second time they've collaborated on a Hot 100 hit, as the Steve Aoki remix of BTS' "MIC Drop" (credited officially to BTS featuring Desiigner) hit No. 28 on the Hot 100 and spent 10 weeks on the chart. Meanwhile, "The Truth Untold," an album cut from BTS' Love Yourself: Tear album that featured Aoki, hit No. 2 on the World Digital Song Sales chart in June of this year.
Despite being originally released on Thursday, Oct. 25, and having less than a day to earn chart points last week, "Waste It on Me" still wound up landing at No. 11 on the Nov. 3-dated Hot Electronic/Dance Songs chart (which, like the Hot 100, blends streaming, airplay and sales data). On this week's tally, "Waste It on Me" jumps 11-6 on Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, marking Aoki's fifth top 10 and BTS' first. To date, "Waste It on Me" has sold 27,000 downloads total.
"Waste It on Me" is also bubbling under the Pop Songs radio airplay chart. It's led by 63 plays in the tracking week (ending Nov. 4) by Radio Disney, along with 26 spins on KMVQ San Francisco, 23 on KDDB Honolulu and 19 on KJYO Oklahoma City, Okla. The Steve Aoki remix of "MIC Drop" peaked on Pop Songs at No. 25 to give BTS its highest ranking on the top 40 radio-based chart so far.
With its easy-on-the-ears trop-pop sound and comforting crooning from the singers, "Waste It on Me" could certainly have longevity on the charts with early interest from radio indicating it could help the artists break into even more new chart territory.
All charts, including the Hot 100, Pop Songs and Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, will update on Billboard.com on Nov. 6.
--Additional reporting by Gary Trust.