BTS’s new single lands on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100

February 22, 2017

SEOUL, Feb. 22 (Yonhap) — South Korean boy band BTS debuted at No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart for its new single “Spring Day,” according to the chart company on Tuesday (local time).

In an article titled “BTS Crack the Bubbling Under Hot 100 With ‘Spring Day,’ Conquer Multiple Charts With ‘You Never Walk Alone’,” Billboard said the idol group has put its name on the chart to be updated next Saturday.

“Spring Day” is the title track of the group’s new album “Wings: You Never Walk Alone.”

The Bubbling Under Hot 100 acts as an extension of the 25 songs that have yet to chart on the definitive Hot 100 singles chart and are just below the top 100 slots. Like the main Hot 100 chart, rankings are based on sales, radio airplay and streaming data.

“The feat is truly unprecedented given K-pop’s history on Billboard’s singles chart,” Billboard’s Jeff Benjamin said in the article. “BTS’ Spring Day is almost all in Korean, had zero promotions in America, was released as new music during a notoriously competitive week with the 2017 Grammy Awards, and ‘Spring Day’ dropped on a Sunday, making their charting window smaller than other releases.”

He said “the accomplishment gives hope and acts as a guiding light to the burgeoning K-pop scene and indicates how Korean acts can continue making their mark on the American industry.”

This image captured from the Billboard website shows the BTS performing at KCON 2016 at the Prudential Center on June 25, 2016, in Newark, N.J.

This image captured from the Billboard website shows the BTS performing at KCON 2016 at the Prudential Center on June 25, 2016, in Newark, N.J.

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