BTS ‘Dynamite’ Becomes Longest-Charting Song by a Korean Act in Hot 100 History
This week’s Canadian Hot 100 welcomes a new ruler, as Lil Tjay and 6lack’s “Calling My Phone” debuts at No. 1, granting both acts their first leader on the tally. Not far behind that tune, Taylor Swift’s updated “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” opens at No. 7, giving the country and pop singer yet another top 10 win.
Further down the weekly chart, one of the most successful pop songs of the past year falls once again, but by managing to hold on and find space once again, the cut helps the band behind it make history.
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BTS’s “Dynamite” dips from No. 43 to No. 50 this frame, nearly falling outside the top half of the Canadian Hot 100. This time around, it’s not the track’s position that’s most impressive, but how long it’s been present on the tally.
“Dynamite” has now spent 26 consecutive weeks on the Canadian Hot 100, or exactly half a year. Now that it has hit that mark, the track ties with Psy’s “Gangnam Style” as the longest-charting song by a South Korean musician in the history of the roster. At the moment, they may be on the same level as one another, but “Dynamite” stands a very good chance of improving its tenure once again next week, and if it does, it will instantly become the longest-charting song by a South Korean act in Canadian history.
Between those compositions, Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” which helped introduce countless millions of people in the Western world to K-pop nearly a decade ago, is still the bigger hit of the two, at least when looking at peak positions. While “Dynamite” was forced to settle for the runner-up rung in mid-2020, “Gangnam Style” did manage to rise all the way to No. 1, and it stands as the only track by a South Korean act to top the Caandian Hot 100…at least so far. At the rate BTS is gaining momentum in the nation and scoring big hits on the charts, they may surely earn their first leader in Canada sometime soon.