Here's How BTS Reacted To "Dynamite" Debuting At No. 1 On The Billboard Charts

    "I don't know what to write," Jimin said on Twitter. "Tears just keep flowing."

    On Monday, Billboard announced that pop superstars BTS had achieved their first ever No. 1 on the Hot 100 with their already record-breaking single, "Dynamite".

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    The achievement marks not only the first US No. 1 single for the group, but also the first time in history an Asian act has debuted at the top of the Hot 100, and the first time a Korean act has topped the chart.

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    The single had the biggest US sales week for a song since Taylor Swift's "Look What You Made Me Do" in 2017, selling around 300,000 copies.

    Last week, YouTube confirmed the "Dynamite" music video had smashed the record for the most views within 24 hours, racking up 101.1 million in its first day on the platform.

    The BTS members have been vocal about their dream of achieving a Billboard No. 1 single for years — but, according to statements provided to Korea Herald, it's a dream they never actually thought they'd achieve.

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    "When I got a question about the goal for 'Dynamite', I said I want to get No. 1 in Billboard Hot 100 chart," rapper and producer Suga said. "I can't believe my dream became a reality."

    "I never imagined our team to top the Hot 100 chart," dancer J-Hope added. "I feel overwhelmed because our sincerity seems to have worked. I want to share all the glory with our fans."

    "It makes me curious what our, BTS and ARMY's, limits are," the group's youngest, Jungkook, said. "I will continue to challenge myself and work even harder. Thank you again ARMY for trusting and supporting us."

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    Of course, the group also proved their sincere connection with their fans — the BTS ARMY — posting emotional reactions to the news on both Twitter and Weverse, Big Hit's app dedicated to artist interactions with fans.

    진짜 방금 슈가형이랑 얘기 했지만 진짜 감사하고 또 감사합니다 아미 진ㅉ짜 죄송해요 뭐라 남겨야 할지 모르겠어요ㅠㅠㅠㅜㅜㅠㅠㅠㅠ 계속 눈물나요ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ #JIMIM

    "I'm really thankful and thankful. ARMY, I'm really sorry, I don't know what to write," Jimin tweeted, per a fan translation. "Tears just keep flowing."

    "I can't fall asleep until it hits me that it really happened," he added later.

    Meanwhile, V simply wrote on Weverse: "Is this... real?"

    Other members acknowledged the serendipity of the No. 1 news dropping while they were celebrating their youngest member's 23rd birthday, with both RM and Jin calling it "Jungkook's best birthday gift".

    사랑하고 사랑하고 사랑합니다 #BTS #ARMY #우리아미상받았네 #BTS_Dynamite

    As well as messages of excitement and love from ARMY all over the world, the group received congratulations from fellow artists like the Jonas Brothers and the Weeknd, and even Moon Jae-in, the President of South Korea, posted a congratulatory statement on Twitter.

    "It is truly amazing," Moon wrote of BTS' achievement. "It is a splendid feat that further raises pride in K-pop. The song 'Dynamite', which topped the list, is all the more meaningful as it has been composed to give a message of comfort and hope to people around the world who are struggling with COVID-19."

    "It will bring huge consolation to Koreans suffering from the national crisis caused by COVID-19," he went on. "I offer my heartfelt congratulations."

    "Though it is a difficult period, it would be good if our song could be even the smallest of comforts and one of positive energy," the group said in response.

    @moonriver365 문재인 대통령님, 이번에도 따뜻한 축하의 말씀 주셔서 감사합니다. 어려운 시기이지만, 저희 노래가 조그만 위안과 긍정의 에너지를 드릴 수 있으면 좋겠습니다. 우리나라를 비롯한 전세계 도시들이 다시 밝은 빛으로 활기를 되찾을 것이라 믿고, 저희가 제일 잘 할 수 있는 음악에 매진하겠습니다.⭐

    They continued: "We trust that all the cities of the world, including those in our own country, will be revitalised once again through the bright lights, and we will strive in our work in the arena of music, for it is what we can do best."

    During a press conference prior to the single's release on August 21, the members said "Dynamite" wasn't part of their original plan for 2020, but they decided to release it in order to reach their fans around the world as quickly as possible.

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    "As soon as we heard it, we thought it was a fun and cheery song that wasn’t that serious," leader RM said at the time. "It just made us feel good when we heard it. We really wanted to share this energy with the fans as soon as possible."

    "It’s dedicated to all the people who feel like they've fallen down while running a marathon," Suga added. "Even if you're going through tough times, let's do what we can in our places, and find freedom and happiness through dance and music."

    Congratulations, BTS! We can't wait to see what you and ARMY do next. 💜

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    Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

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