BTS should add to their title “only act,” “first act/artist,” “”in history,” “fastest group,” “first song,” “first group,” basically just add “first” to their Grammy nominated Name. With the release of “BE” on November 20th, both the album and song had broken many records from their debut on the worldwide charts. The successes of their “BE” album can be largely attributed to that fact that BTS not only write great lyrics, they write on what is retable and current to the general public. More specifically this album came about during a time when there was or is a lot of despair due to the COVID-19 pandemic. BTS wanted us to know that everyone is going through a tough time but one should not lose hope as “Life will go on” regardless and we are all in this together.
“BE” debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 242,000 album-equivalent units, including 177,000 sales, becoming BTS’s fifth number-one album in the United States. As a result, BTS became the fastest group to earn five number-one albums since the Beatles between 1966 and 1968. BTS also became the first group to have two chart-topping albums in the country in 2020, and the second act overall following YoungBoy Never Broke Again. It’s lead single “Life Goes On” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 with 150,000 downloads and 14.9 million U.S. streams, becoming BTS’ third number-one song following “Dynamite” and “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” remix.
With this, BTS became the fastest group in over 42 years to earn three number-one songs in a span of three months. The band became the second act following Ariana Grande to score three Hot 100 entries in 2020, and also became the first group to land two number-one debuts on the chart. “Life Goes On” marked the first song not sung in an English language to debut atop the chart. BTS became only the second act in history besides Taylor Swift to debut at number one on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously. They also became the first group and ninth overall act to prevail on top of the Artist 100, Hot 100, and Billboard 200 charts simultaneously.
Seven tracks from BTS album “BE” charted simultaneously on the Hot 100 chart, with “Life Goes On” and “Dynamite” in the top-10, “Blue & Grey” in the top-20, and “Stay” in the top-40. This stood as the most number of simultaneous entries on the Hot 100 chart by a Korean act. In Canada, “BE” arrived at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart, giving BTS their fourth number-one album in the country. Seven tracks of the album entered the Canadian Hot 100, with “Dynamite” peaking at number two and “Life Goes On” at number eight. Source