Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus’s ‘Old Town Road’ still on top in the US, while BTS makes history for Korea

Lil Nas X‘s “Old Town Road” holds onto the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for the third week in a row. He held that position all by himself in its first week, but after controversy over Billboard removing the song from the country chart he re-recorded the song with Billy Ray Cyrus, who has joined him at No. 1 for weeks two and three. It’s actually the first chart-topper of Cyrus’s career, but while “Old Town Road” is controversial as a country song, BTS makes history on the chart for another country altogether.

“Old Town Road” holds the lead position thanks in large part to its record-breaking streaming performance. Last week the song set a new record for the most streams in a single week (143 million). It’s down a little this week, but still has the second most streams of all time (125.2 million). The previous record-holder was Drake‘s “In My Feelings,” which maxed out at 116.2 million streams last summer.

Meanwhile, the K-pop boy band BTS notch another new milestone on the Hot 100. Their single “Boy with Luv” featuring Halsey, launches in at number-eight, which makes it their second top-10 single and the highest-charting single for a K-pop group in history. It exceeds their previous Hot 100 high point: their “Fake Love” peaked at number-10 last June. Only one K-pop artist has ever risen higher: solo singer Psy, who reached number-two with “Gangnam Style” and number-five with “Gentleman.”

This achievement for BTS comes as their latest album, “Map of the Soul: Persona,” topped the Billboard 200 albums chart, marking the Korean band’s third number-one album in less than 11 months. Not bad for a year’s work.

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