BTS is adding feathers to the gin hit hat. With the smash hit solo The Astronaut, the Korean artiste is on a record-breaking spree. The BTS star entered Billboard’s Hot 100 as a solo artist for the first time. In Billboard’s weekly ranking of the most popular songs in the United States, Jin’s new single “The Astronaut” peaked at No. 51 on the Hot 100 list for the week ending November 12.
With this, Jin’s “The Astronaut” became the highest debut of any Korean single on the Hot 100 of the decade, according to the latest Korean media reports. Not only that, but Jin’s debut single is the third highest ever. At the top of the list is PSY’s “Gentleman” (which debuted at No. 12 in 2013), followed by “The Hangover” (No. 26 in 2014).
Jin also beat his bandmates Jungkook and Suga with the popularity of the astronaut. The latter two also featured in the Top 30 of the Hot 100 as solo artists, but as featured artists: Jungkook peaked at No. For his collaboration with Charlie Puth in 22 Left and Right. Suga, on the other hand, debuted at No. 29 with his Juice WRLD collab “Girl of My Dreams”.
For the Unversed, ‘The Astronaut’ is a pop-rock-style song co-written by Coldplay, the British band also playing on the recording. The song’s music video, which tells the story of an astronaut who accidentally landed on Earth, has garnered over 17 million views on YouTube within hours.
Jin took part in writing the song, expressing his affection for the K-pop septet’s global fandom, Cena. His deeply passionate voice and softly building synth sound coupled with the calming sound of acoustic guitar creates the mystical and dreamy mood of the song.
After completing promotional activities for “The Astronaut,” Jin is set to temporarily leave the music scene to become the first BTS member to be recruited for compulsory military service.
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