INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 06: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE.) RM of BTS performs … [+]
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Throughout their career, BTS has proven themselves to be one of the bestselling K-pop acts of all time, as they have moved more albums and singles within each era than most groups can hope to shift in their entire time together. The septet is so powerful and so popular, some of the singers have also found success on their own in America, and a handful have ranked on a number of Billboard charts under their solo monikers as well as with the band that made them stars.
This frame, another BTS member charts one of the bestselling songs in the U.S. for the first time, at least as a soloist.
RM, formerly known as Rap Monster, debuts on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales list, which ranks the bestselling tunes in the country every week. The rapper, singer, producer and dancer (among many other talents) joined fellow South Korean musician Younha on her new single “Winter Flower,” which has quickly become something of a hit.
“Winter Flower” sold just under 4,800 copies in this past tracking frame (according to data provided by Nielsen Music), and while that might not sound like much, it’s enough for the track to reach the chart in a time when sales have dwindled dramatically in favor of streams. That sum puts the track at No. 30 on the Digital Song Sales tally, which is a first for both RM and Younha.
While RM has placed plenty of tunes onto the ranking as a member of BTS (19 different songs, to be exact), he’s never made it to the 50-spot run on his own. The musician is now the third member of the chart-topping K-pop outfit to appear on the list without the others.
The first to do so was J-Hope, who pushed his smash single “Chicken Noodle Soup” with Becky G to No. 9 last October. Just two months later, fellow BTS singer Suga landed on the ranking as a featured guest on Halsey’s “Suga’s Interlude,” which is featured on her new album Manic. That title also credited BTS, but it specifically singled out Suga, so it counts toward his solo discography as well, at least as far as the Billboard charts are concerned. “Suga’s Interlude” peaked at No. 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart.
“Winter Flower” performed much better on the genre-specific World Digital Song Sales chart, where it opened at No. 1, becoming the first leader for both Younha and RM (on his own, that is).