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BTS credits fans for Billboard Hot 100 win, hopes to perform at Grammys

All News 12:13 September 02, 2020

By Chang Dong-woo

SEOUL, Sept. 2 (Yonhap) -- K-pop super group BTS on Wednesday thanked its global fans for pushing its latest single "Dynamite" to the top of Billboard's main singles chart, making the band the first South Korean artist to achieve the landmark feat.

"I want to thank ARMY for making such a great achievement possible. I think it was possible because I met such great members, Big Hit Entertainment and its staff and ARMY," Junggook said during an online press conference held in Seoul. ARMY refers to BTS' global fan base.

The singer added, "It's a great honor to leave such a milestone during my lifetime. Yesterday was my birthday. I'm grateful for receiving such a big gift."

[Press Conference] Next goal? BTS solo stage at 2021 Grammys

This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment on Sept. 2, 2020, shows members of K-pop sensation BTS posing for photos during an online press conference to celebrate the band's single "Dynamite" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

Member Jin also said he was excited after hearing the news. "We made the song ("Dynamite") just to purely enjoy it with fans. I was happy because it led to such a great result."

On Tuesday BTS debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's main singles chart with its latest single "Dynamite," becoming the first South Korean singer or group to achieve the feat.

Previously, the highest-charting South Korean artist ever on the Hot 100 was solo act PSY with his 2012 viral hit "Gangnam Style," which peaked at the No. 2 spot. The only Asian to make it to the top of the Hot 100 in the past was Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto with "Sukiyaki" in 1963.

This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment on Sept. 2, 2020, shows members of K-pop sensation BTS posing for photos during an online press conference to celebrate the band's single "Dynamite" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

BTS also shared its next goal: to perform onstage at the Grammy Awards in the United States as a stand-alone act.

"We performed at the Grammys in a collaboration. This time we would like to perform as a stand-alone act," Suga said.

In January, the septet teamed up with American rapper Lil Nas X and took the stage at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, becoming the first South Korean artist to perform at the prestigious American music event.

"Receiving an award would be great, but that really isn't possible just with our own will but requires help from a lot of people," Suga added.

The group also won four awards at the MTV Video Music Awards -- Best Pop, Best Group, Best Choreography and Best K-pop -- on Monday for "ON," the lead song for "Map of the Soul: 7" released in February.

BTS celebrates topping Billboard Hot 100, now ready to win 2021 Grammy Awards

This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment on Sept. 2, 2020, shows members of K-pop sensation BTS posing for photos during an online press conference to celebrate the band's single "Dynamite" debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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