Fans of BTS, the most successful all-male vocal band in the world (and perhaps the biggest group of any kind on the planet right now) were hoping that all their streaming, viewing and buying activity centered around the septet’s new song “Permission to Dance” might make it a top 10 hit everywhere. In some territories, this has turned out to be true, but in the U.K., the song misses the highest arena by just a few spaces.
While some fans may be a bit disappointed that “Permission to Dance” starts off at No. 16 on the all-genre ranking of the most-consumed songs in the U.K., the placement is historically significant, especially when comparing the band to all other musicians from South Korea.
“Permission to Dance” is BTS’s seventh top 40 hit in the U.K., and with one more appearance inside the region that typically defines when a song has become a proper hit, the seven-member act has broken out of a notable tie with another immensely popular band from their home country.
BTS now hold the record for the most top 40 hits among South Korean musicians in the United Kingdom. Before “Permission to Dance” debuted, they were tied with girl group Blackpink for the most such smashes in the U.K. among South Korean stars. So far, Blackpink has pushed half a dozen tracks to a position somewhere between Nos. 1 and 40 on the weekly ranking.
When 2021 began, Blackpink actually claimed this record for themselves, but this year has been very good to BTS (as most in recent memory have been), while the girl group has been quiet following the October 2020 release of their debut full-length The Album. BTS have now added two more top 40s to their career total in the past two months, bringing their sum to seven.
BTS have now reached the top 40 in the U.K. with all of the following songs: “Idol” (No. 21), “Boy With Luv” with Halsey (No. 13), “On” (No. 21), “Dynamite” (No. 3), “Life Goes On” (No. 10) and most recently “Butter,” which tied their own best showing by stalling at No. 3.