BTS‘ boundary-breaking year of chart accomplishments isn’t over yet. The K-pop sensation’s leader RM makes his first solo appearance on a slew of Billboard charts thanks to his feature on a new remix of Fall Out Boy‘s “Champion.”
The new track — that features RM rapping completely in English — debuts at No. 18 on Billboard‘s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart for the chart dated Jan. 6, 2018. The Bubbling Under Hot 100 acts as an extension of the 25 songs that have yet to chart on the definitive Hot 100 singles chart and are just below the top 100 slots. Like the main Hot 100 chart, rankings are based on sales, radio airplay and streaming data. BTS made their first appearance on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 earlier this year when their single “Spring Day” hit No. 15 in February, before sending two entries to the Hot 100 later in the year.
All versions of “Champion” sold 19,000 downloads in total for the week with the new RM-assisted remix selling 18,000 downloads. In terms of streams, all versions of “Champion” generated a combined 1.5 million on-demand audio and video streams in the week ending Dec. 21. The remix accounted for 1.2 million streams.
“Champion” also sees RM making his debut appearance on the Emerging Artists chart which, since its August revamp earlier this year, acts as an extension to the Artist 100 chart and measures artist activity across Billboard‘s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Social 50, among others. RM enters the chart at No. 46.
RM also hits new territory for K-pop acts by appearing on the Rock Digital Song Sales chart. Fall Out Boy’s original version of “Champion” initially peaked at No. 4, but this new remix marks a new high for the Mania track as it returns to the chart to hit No. 2. Imagine Dragons‘ “Thunder” — which is No. 6 on the Hot 100 — spends its 14th week at No. 1 on the tally.
The rock charts are new territory for K-pop acts making RM’s accomplishment all the more notable. To date, Korean acts have made their way on the genre-specific, digital song charts for dance/electronic music (with the likes of PSY, CL, G-Dragon, Chanyeol, Amber and Luna all logging songs on the Dance/Electronic Digital Songs chart), R&B (Tablo and Eric Nam‘s Gallant collaboration “Cave Me In” hit R&B Digital Song Sales), hip-hop (CL’s “Lifted” bowed on Rap Digital Song Sales) and world music.
RM breaking into the Rock Digital Song Sales chart continues to prove K-pop’s increasing visibility on the charts in 2017 and indicates exciting places for the music scene and its stars to go in 2018.