Chart Beat Podcast: BTS' Record Week & the K-Pop Kings' 'Raw & Real' Appeal

"It's BTS' world and we're just living in it," says KJ103's JJ Ryan of the superstars' new Billboard 200 & Hot 100 achievements.

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.

This week, BTS makes history on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 charts, as the superstar South Korean boy band's new album Love Yourself: Tear debuts as its first No. 1 – and the first K-pop leader – on the Billboard 200. Meanwhile, the set's "Fake Love" launches at No. 10 on the Hot 100, marking BTS' first top 10 on the tally and the first top 10 for a K-pop group. It also arrives as BTS' first No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart.

After "MIC Drop," featuring Desiigner (and remixed by Steve Aoki), became the first top 40 Hot 100 hit for a K-pop group in December, and BTS' first entry on Billboard's Pop Songs airplay chart, iHeartMedia's KJYO (KJ103) Oklahoma City is again leading the way for "Fake Love" at pop radio, and the station's program director, JJ Ryan, returns to the podcast to discuss BTS' latest breakthroughs.

"The passion that fans have for BTS is one that I've never seen with any other artist before," says Ryan, who first appeared as our guest in September and again in December. "These guys tackle a lot of issues that boy bands typically don't talk about. They'll talk about mental health, they'll talk about politics. They're very raw and real.

"The fans are there in huge numbers. It's definitely a phenomenon. It's BTS' world and we're just living in it."

Ryan also muses about potential songs of the summer, from Selena Gomez, Khalid and Normani, Pharrell Williams and Camila Cabello and more, while Gary and Trevor chat about the two other songs new to the Hot 100's top 10 this week: Lil Baby and Drake's "Yes Indeed" and Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up."

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