BTS makes Billboard history with ‘Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)’

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  • The K-pop band holds the top two spots on the US Hot 100 chart, the first act to do so since Black Eyed Peas in 2009
  • The remix, featuring Jason Derulo and teen producer Jawsh 685, will be familiar to TikTok fans
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Fresh off the back of their online concert, BTS have made Billboard history. Again. Photo: EPA-EFE

The Bangtan Boys are at it again, proving they’re dynamite on the music charts. As of Monday, the South Korean boy band had made Billboard history by landing at both No. 1 and No. 2 on the Hot 100.

With their Savage Love remix beating out Dynamite for the top spot, BTS is the first group to achieve such a feat since the Black Eyed Peas dominated the Hot 100 with Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feeling for four weeks in the summer of 2009.

Jason Derulo, Jawsh 685 and BTS dropped their Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) remix earlier this month (the original came out in June), while the K-pop sensation’s hit single Dynamite arrived at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in September.

The latter – which is somehow only RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook’s first No. 1 track – previously held the top position for three non-consecutive weeks.

Savage Love also marks a second No. 1 for Derulo – 11 years after 2009’s Whatcha Say – and a first for Jawsh 685.

 

According to Billboard, “Savage Love drew 16 million US streams (up 32 per cent) and sold 76,000 downloads (up 814 per cent) in the week ending October 8. It also tallied 70.6 million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending October 11.”

Jawsh 685 is a 17-year-old secondary school student from Auckland, New Zealand. Real name Joshua Nanai, the teen released Laxed (Siren Beat) on YouTube last year, but it exploded earlier this year on TikTok, becoming one of the most popular tracks for a dance trend.

8 TikTok dances, including Laxed (Siren Beat), to learn with your fam or family

Other than BTS and the Black Eyed Peas, only three other groups – OutKast, the Bee Gees and the Beatles – have clinched both first and second place on the Hot 100 in the same week.

This summer, Dynamite also made history as BTS’ first song sung entirely in English, released in an effort to “have as many people as possible hear it and get a little bit of reassurance and healing from it,” according to Suga.

“As soon as we heard it, we thought it was really fun and exciting, a fun and cheery song that wasn’t that serious,” RM added at an August press conference. “It just made us feel good when we heard it. We really wanted to share this energy with the fans as soon as possible.”

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