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Worldwide 'Dance' Party: BTS Debuts Atop Billboard Global Charts

BTS "Permission to Dance"
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BTS "Permission to Dance"

Billboard's two worldwide tallies rank songs based on streaming and sales data from more than 200 territories.

BTS boasts the biggest song in the world, as the South Korean septet launches at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.

Plus, The Kid LAROI, from Australia, and Canadian Justin Bieber enters the lists at Nos. 2 and 6, respectively, with "Stay."

Billboard's two global charts (the latest of which are dated July 24) began last September and rank songs based on streaming and sales activity culled from more than 200 territories around the world, as compiled by MRC Data. The Billboard Global 200 is inclusive of worldwide data and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart comprises data from territories excluding the U.S.

Chart rankings are based on a weighted formula incorporating official-only streams on both subscription and ad-supported tiers of audio and video music services, as well as download sales, the latter of which reflect purchases from full-service digital music retailers from around the world, with sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites excluded from the charts' calculations.

BTS' 5th Global 200 No. 1

BTS' "Permission to Dance" starts at No. 1 on the Billboard Global 200 with 170.8 million streams and 138,600 sold worldwide, the week's top sums in each metric, in the July 9-15 tracking week, following its July 9 release.

BTS adds its record-extending fifth Global 200 No. 1, following "Dynamite" (four weeks on top in September 2020-January); "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)," with Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo (one week, October); "Life Goes On" (one week, December); and "Butter" (two weeks, June 5). Olivia Rodrigo is the only other act with multiple Global 200 No. 1s (two).

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber bound onto the Global 200 at No. 2 with "Stay." The song, released July 9, opens with 76.3 million streams and 18,600 sold worldwide.

The Kid LAROI earns his second Global 200 top 10, and a new career high, after "Without You," with Miley Cyrus, reached No. 10 in May. Bieber and BTS have notched the most Global 200 top 10s so far, as each act adds its seventh on the latest list.

Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits" backtracks to No. 3 on the Global 200, after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 2; Rodrigo's "Good 4 U" falls to No. 4, after six weeks at No. 1; and Måneskin's "Beggin'" slips to No. 5 from its No. 3 high.

'Dance' Also No. 1 Outside U.S.

As on the Global 200, BTS' "Permission to Dance" soars in at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart, with 154.9 million streams and 94,600 sold in territories outside the U.S. in the July 9-15 tracking week.

BTS tallies its record-padding fourth Global Excl. U.S. No. 1, following "Dynamite" (eight weeks); "Life Goes On" (one week); and "Butter" (five weeks). No other act has more than one No. 1 on the ranking.

Ed Sheeran's "Bad Habits" dips to No. 2 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart, after spending its first two weeks on the chart at No. 1; BTS' "Butter" holds at No. 3; Måneskin's "Beggin' " drops to No. 4 from its No. 2 best; and Olivia Rodrigo's "Good 4 U" descends 4-5, after five weeks at its No. 2 peak.

Plus, The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber's "Stay" starts at No. 6 on the Global Excl. U.S. chart with 42.3 million streams and 6,600 sold outside the U.S. The Kid LAROI claims his first top 10 on the survey, while Bieber posts his seventh, the most among all acts.

The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts (dated July 24) will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (July 20). For both charts, the top 100 titles are available to all readers on Billboard.com, while the complete 200-title rankings are visible on Billboard Pro, Billboard's subscription-based service. For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.