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Smooth Start: BTS' 'Butter' Blasts In at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

The song marks the superstar South Korean septet's fourth Hot 100 No. 1, all in the last nine months, marking any act's quickest accumulation of four initial leaders since Justin Timberlake a decade-and-a-half ago. Among groups, BTS has landed its first four No. 1s the fastest since the Jackson 5 in 1970. Read more below!

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BTS Butter group photo

"Butter," released on HYBE/BigHit Entertainment/Columbia Records, is the 1,125th No. 1 in the Hot 100's 62-year history, and the 54th to enter on top. Here's a deeper look at its launch.

Streams, sales & airplay: Following its May 21 release, "Butter" drew 32.2 million U.S. streams and sold 242,800 downloads in the week ending May 27, according to MRC Data. It also attracted 18.1 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending May 30. 

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The track debuts atop the Digital Song Sales chart, where it's BTS' seventh No. 1, extending the act's record for the most among groups. Meanwhile, the song's 242,800 sold mark the most in a week since BTS' own "Dynamite" opened with 300,000 (Sept. 5, 2020).

"Butter" also begins at No. 4 on Streaming Songs and No. 39 on Radio Songs; it's the act's second entry and top start on the latter list, after "Dynamite," which entered at No. 49 last September and hit No. 10 in December.

BTS' 4th Hot 100 No. 1: "Butter" arrives as BTS' fourth Hot 100 No. 1. Here's a recap:

RM posing for Butter album picture
  1. "Dynamite," three weeks at No. 1, beginning Sept. 5, 2020
  2. "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)," with Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo, one week, Oct. 17, 2020
  3. "Life Goes On," one week, Dec. 5, 2020
  4. "Butter," one week to-date, June 5, 2021

As "Dynamite," "Life Goes On" and "Butter" have all debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, BTS is the first group with a trio of No. 1 entrances; no other group has more than one. Ariana Grande leads all acts with five No. 1 starts.

Fastest first 4 No. 1s since …: BTS has achieved its first four Hot 100 No. 1s over a span of exactly nine months, from charts dated Sept. 5, 2020, through June 5, 2021. That's the quickest accumulation of four initial leaders since Justin Timberlake earned the honor over seven months and two weeks in 2006-07.

Among groups, BTS wraps the fastest run to four initial Hot 100 No. 1s since the Jackson 5 in 1970.

Source: Billboard

Bruno Wahrmann Lockhart

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