Jungkook’s solo track “Seven” tops Billboard Global 200 for 6 weeks running

Posted on : 2023-08-31 16:46 KST Modified on : 2023-08-31 16:46 KST
Six weeks at the top of the Global 200 and the Global Excluding US charts is a record for a solo Korean artist
Jungkook of BTS. (courtesy of Big Hit Music)
Jungkook of BTS. (courtesy of Big Hit Music)

“Seven,” the hit single released by BTS member Jungkook, remained atop the US Billboard Global 200 and Global Excluding US charts for the sixth week in a row.

The latest charts published by Billboard on Tuesday show that Jungkook’s new song had risen two ranks from the previous week to 32nd on the Hot 100, its main singles chart. The track rocketed to the top of the Hot 100 chart upon its release and has stayed strong for six weeks running.

While the Hot 100 chart is tabulated according to album and digital track sales and radio plays, the Global 200 and the Global Excluding US charts are based on digital track sales around the world.

Six weeks at the top of those charts is a record for a solo Korean artist. K-pop artists have an advantage on the two charts because fans of the genre are responsible for much of the world’s digital track sales.

“Super Shy” by the girl group NewJeans hit No. 80 on the Hot 100, remaining on the chart for seven consecutive weeks. The mini album that features this song, “Get Up,” ranked No. 21 on the Billboard 200, spending five consecutive weeks on the chart.

The hit song “Cupid” by the group Fifty Fifty, whose exclusive contract with their agency is currently in dispute, reached No. 25 on the Hot 100, marking the group’s 23-week run on the chart. On Monday, the court dismissed the group’s request to suspend their exclusive contract with Attrakt, siding with the agency.

While public opinion on the group chilled in South Korea following their decision to appeal the court, fans outside of their home country seem unaware of the situation or to enjoy their music regardless. This seems to be the result of the earworm quality of their track rather than fondness for the group itself.

By Suh Jung-min, staff reporter

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