Does BTS' 'Dynamite' live up to the hype? K-pop group's mega-hit continues to break records with MV milestones

Guinness World Records, impressive YouTube milestones, charting-topping performances, and more, BTS' 'Dynamite' is a song that champions success


                            Does BTS' 'Dynamite' live up to the hype? K-pop group's mega-hit continues to break records with MV milestones
RM, Jimin, Jungkook, Jin, J-Hope, Suga, and V of BTS (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

With all its immense and continuous popularity, it's remarkable to note that 'Dynamite', the hit track by K-pop boy group BTS, released back in August 2020. It comes as no surprise that BTS are hitmakers and there has certainly been a whole lot of fuss around 'Dynamite' since its release, but does it live up to all the hype? If you haven't been introduced to 'Dynamite' yet and need an answer to that question: Simply put, the numbers speak for themselves.

'Dynamite' is evidently one of the most popular BTS songs and it has been dominating the charts ever since its release. The group and the song have phenomenally broken several records over the past couple of months.

You'll want to read further to find out more about these impressive achievements.

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(EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE.) V of BTS performs onstage during 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2019 Presented by Capital One at the Forum on December 6, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Billboard chart performance

According to reports, 'Dynamite' has officially become the first song by a K-pop group to 30 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Upon its release, it initially shot up to the No. 1 spot on the Hot 100, becoming the band's first number-one single in the United States and making BTS the first all-South Korean act to top the renowned Billboard chart. Additionally, within its first week, it had 33.9M US streams and sold 300,000 units.

It has been over seven months since then and 'Dynamite' impressively still slots within the top 40, currently at No. 34. 'Dynamite' stayed at No. 1 for 16 weeks since its release. 

The longest song by a Korean act to rule the charts for 31 weeks straight was Psy's 'Gangnam Style'. BTS' 'Dynamite' follows and 'Baby Shark' is at third place. 

Grammies

The song has been nominated at the 2021 Grammys in the category of Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. According to the 63rd Grammy Awards category rules, "this category recognizes artistic excellence in a duo, group, or collaborative vocal or instrumental pop performance." That night, their Grammy appearance saw BTS making history as the first Korean act to receive a nomination and also perform solo.

BTS' Dynamite is one of the most popular songs released by the South Korean boyband BTS and has been ruling charts ever since it came out last year. The music video for BTS' Dynamite has already crossed 947 Million views on YouTube and the song was also nominated at the Grammys 2021 in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category. They made history at the biggest musical night by becoming the first South Korean act to receive a nomination and also perform solo. 

 

(L-R) In this screengrab released on March 14, Jin, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jimin, and RM of BTS perform onstage during the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards broadcast on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Music video milestones

Heading on over to YouTube, and you'll find that another record has been smashed by BTS. At roughly 1 pm KST on March 24 (midnight EST), the official music video for 'Dynamite' surpassed 950 million views on YouTube. This means that it took seven months and three days since its release to reach that impressive milestone.

It is also the fastest music video by a Korean group to garner this achievement. BTS also has other music videos with over 950 million views, including 'DNA' (1.2B) and 'Boy With Luv' featuring Halsey (1.1B).



 

Guinness World Record holder

Furthermore, the 'Dynamite' visual earned a place in the Guinness World Records earlier this month, receiving the title of 'Most simultaneous viewers for a music video on YouTube Premieres' after its premiere was watched by over 3 million concurrent viewers.

It marks the fourth time that 'Dynamite' scored the group a Guinness Record. The previous three records included, ‘Most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours’, ‘Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours', and ‘Most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group’. 

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