BTS' 'Dynamite' breaks a new record, with more than 1 billion views on YouTube

  • Other videos in the club include ‘Despacito’, Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’ and ‘Baby Shark’
  • Two other songs from the K-pop group have surpassed a billion views; ‘Boys With Luv’ ft. Halsey and ‘DNA’
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'Dynamite' is the third video by BTS to surpass more than 1 billion views on YouTube. Photo: AP

K-pop superstars BTS are lighting up YouTube like dynamite.

On Monday morning, the music video for the South Korean supergroup’s hit single Dynamite surpassed 1 billion views - a rare feat achieved by only a handful of musicians and content creators on the platform. The milestone comes several months after the pop stars’ first track recorded entirely in English debuted in August atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

As of this writing, the colorful, carefree video had exceeded a billion views by about 3 million, joining an elite club that also includes One Direction’s What Makes You Beautiful (1.2 billion), Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You (5.2 billion), Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s Despacito (7.2 billion), and Pinkfong’s Baby Shark Dance (8.3 billion).

According to YouTube, Dynamite’s explosive summer release marked the most successful music-video debut in the platform’s history, racking up a whopping 101.1 million views within 24 hours. A record-shattering 3 million viewers also tuned in live for the video’s YouTube premiere.

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Last year, the pop sensations ranked among YouTube’s top 10 most-viewed artists, as well as the top 10 artists with the most subscribers on the platform at 47 million. They also lay claim to four out of 10 of the platform’s biggest music-video openings of all time.

Also boasting more than a billion streams are two other BTS bops: 2019’s Boys With Luv, featuring Halsey (1.1 billion) and 2017’s DNA (1.2 billion).

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