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BTS’s New Single Is Just The Fourth No. 1 Bestseller In Canadian History Among Korean Artists

BTS’s new song “Permission to Dance” wasted no time in becoming a global sensation, and fans everywhere consumed it any way they could. The track was streamed non-stop on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music, it racked up a historic play count on YouTube (one of the 10 largest in just its first 24 hours) and it was a sales giant in pretty much every country where it was offered. The track debuted at No. 1 on sales rankings in the band’s home country of South Korea and in the U.S., where it scored the third-largest purchase-only sum of 2021. A bit further north, the title also opened in first place, and when looking only at musical acts from the Asian nation, the new cut joins a very small club.

“Permission to Dance” is just the fourth No. 1 hit by a South Korean musical act in the history of Billboard’s Canadian Digital Song Sales chart. The tune blasts onto the ranking in first place, giving BTS yet another winner, and its immediate success helps further their lead as the name from their home country with the most rulers.

BTS have now collected three No. 1 smashes on the Canadian Digital Song Sales chart. Before “Permission to Dance” arrived in first place, they rose to the summit with previous hits “Dynamite” and “Butter.” Somewhat surprisingly (or perhaps not, considering the make-up of the Canadian population), the septet didn’t climb all the way to No. 1 until they started performing entirely in English. Canada is largely composed of English and French speakers, so it makes sense that the audience would gravitate toward songs performed in the tongues they understand best, though that logic doesn’t explain how they’ve accrued far more leaders on the Digital Song Sales chart in America. 

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Aside from BTS’s trio of champions, just one other song by a South Korean musician has become a bestseller in Canada. Nine years ago, Psy broke boundaries and did what nobody from his home country had managed before when he sent his single “Gangnam Style” to No. 1 on the Canadian Digital Song Sales chart. 

Several hits by BTS have stalled just one rung shy of running the show on the Canadian Digital Song Sales chart, so their total count of leaders was almost much higher. Three tracks by the South Korean group—“Idol” with Nicki Minaj, “On” and most recently “Life Goes On”—only lifted to No. 2. 

BTS have now charted 14 top 10 hits on the Canadian Digital Song Sales chart, by far the most among all South Korean musicians.

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