Jung Kook, a member of the globally recognized band BTS, continues to dominate the music charts with his single “Seven,” featuring Latto. This track has impressively marked its seventh consecutive week at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts. This exceptional performance began as soon as the song debuted, making Jung Kook the first soloist from BTS to lead on these charts. With this accomplishment, “Seven” has now become the first song of 2023 to debut at the top and sustain its position for seven weeks, outperforming Miley Cyrus’ “Flowers” which previously held the record with six consecutive weeks at No. 1.
- The Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts began in September 2020, aiming to rank songs based on their streaming and sales performance across more than 200 territories worldwide, all compiled by Luminate.
- These ranks consider various metrics: streams from both subscription and ad-supported tiers of music platforms, video services, and download sales. The sales data is inclusive of purchases made from global digital music retailers. Direct-to-consumer (D2C) site sales are not factored into these calculations.
Competition and Top Performers
While “Seven” maintains its leading position, other notable tracks are not far behind. Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red” has jumped to No. 2 on both charts. Meanwhile, other newcomers and climbers include Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything,” which features Kacey Musgraves, landing at No. 4 on the Global 200; Miley Cyrus’ “Used To Be Young” debuting at No. 6; and the collaborative effort by Karol G and Peso Pluma, “Qlona,” which saw a climb from 15-8 on the Global Excl. U.S. and 12-9 on the Global 200. Taylor Swift’s “Cruel Summer” and Dua Lipa’s “Dance the Night” are other tracks that have maintained significant positions in the chart.
Streaming and Sales Data (Aug. 25-31)
- Jung Kook’s “Seven”: 97 million streams and 12,000 sold globally.
- Doja Cat’s “Paint the Town Red”: 64.2 million streams and 9,000 sold globally.
- Zach Bryan’s “I Remember Everything”: 38.3 million streams and 11,000 sold worldwide.
- Miley Cyrus’ “Used To Be Young”: 39.4 million streams and 27,000 sold globally.
- Karol G and Peso Pluma’s “Qlona”: 45.8 million streams globally and 34 million streams outside the U.S.
Fan Engagement in the Digital Age
The digital era has undoubtedly played a pivotal role in this global music transformation. With streaming platforms available at the fingertips of millions worldwide, fans now have instant access to music from any corner of the globe. This accessibility, combined with the power of social media, has facilitated fervent fan engagement. Dedicated fanbases, often known by their unique monikers, engage in streaming parties, digital fan meets, and global trends to support their favorite artists. Such collective efforts often lead to massive streaming numbers and chart performances, as seen with many of the tracks on the Global 200.
Previous Records and Achievements
Earlier in July, Jungkook etched his name in history by becoming the first Korean solo artist to debut a song at No. 1 on three major Billboard charts: Hot 100, Global 200, and Global Excl. U.S. This record-setting debut was for his solo single “Seven.” Since its entry, “Seven” has firmly held its top position on the Global 200 and Global Excl. U.S. charts. This accomplishment has allowed Jung Kook to break the previous record set by BTS’s “Dynamite” for the most weeks at No. 1 by a Korean artist.
With the music industry ever-evolving and new talents emerging, the competition on the global charts remains fierce.
However, the impressive performance by these artists shows their dedication and the immense love they receive from fans worldwide. As the landscape of global music becomes increasingly dynamic, the Billboard charts have come to represent not just commercial success, but also cultural relevance and global appeal. The diversity of genres and artists seen on these charts highlights the universal language of music and its ability to transcend geographical boundaries.