BTS bounds 7-1 on the latest Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Sept. 5) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a seventh total week, and for the first time since March, thanks to the group’s new single “Dynamite.”
The song launches at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as BTS earns its first leader on the list and becomes the first all-South Korean group ever to top the chart. The track opens with 33.9 million U.S. streams and 300,000 sold in the week ending Aug. 27, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also drew 11.6 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 30.
With its seventh week at No. 1, BTS ties Bruno Mars for the 10th-most total time atop the Artist 100. Taylor Swift has spent the most weeks at No. 1, with 41, followed by Drake (31) and The Weeknd (20).
BTS extends its record for the most weeks logged at No. 1 on the Artist 100 among duos or groups. Twenty One Pilots follow with four weeks at the summit.
Among other Artist 100 chart moves, The Killers re-enter at No. 5 as their new LP Imploding the Mirage debuts at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with 37,000 equivalent album units. The group spent a week at No. 1 on the Artist 100 in October 2017 when its last album Wonderful Wonderful opened at its first Billboard 200 leader.
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.