A few years ago, Korean pop super band BTS started reaching the Billboard charts. Since then, they have been massively successful pushing tracks into numerous award-winning albums, releasing chart-topping records, and becoming one of Korea's most popular bands.
Now, one of the BTS boys has made it to the Billboard rankings and managed to pave the way for those who may want to follow in the future.
Chart results showed Thursday that rapper and dancer J-Hope became the first of the BTS's seven members to land on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart. His solo song "Chicken Noodle Soup" secured the 81st spot.
His second win was bagging the sixth spot on Billboard's Pop Digital Song Sales chart. The said chart lists in order the bestselling tracks that may fit under the "pop" genre in the US.
It is his second song that reached this chart, with "Daydream" becoming the first one in 2018.
"Chicken Noodle Soup" features American singer Becky G. The catchy song is a revival, originally produced by American musician DJ Webstar and Young B's hip-hop song of the same name back in 2006.
J-Hope gave unique twists to the famous rap song, adding stylish K-pop vibes and Spanish and Korean lines. He reshaped it into a hip, multiracial hip-hop tune.
The music video was released on September 27th, 2019, garnering more than 23.2 million views in the first 24 hours of release. As of this writing, "Chicken Noodle Soup" has around 72.6 million views.
Since the release of the music video, there have been a lot of dance challenges for this song.
The concept of the music video is a reinterpretation of the original song's choreography, showing wing-flapping motions of a chicken. Aside from that, the video also showcased over 50 dancers from different countries around the world. Lumpens directed the MV.
J-Hope expressed his gratitude to the people who were part of the project. He did not fail to mention the entire ARMY for their support.
"The song was a great opportunity for me to learn and grow. I want to thank all of the fans for all their love, all the staff that did so much for this project, all the amazing dancers who reminded me again of the passion I had when I was young."
It was reported that the song became an inspiration for the K-pop idol when he first started learning how to dance.
Jung Hoseok, his birth name, is the third solo artist of K-pop to enter the Hot 100. The other two artists are CL and PSY. He is the sixth Korean pop artist to land on the Hot 100 list. Fellow superstars such as Blackpink, K/DA, and even BTS were lucky enough to be able to have a ranking.
In the UK singles list, J-Hope became the second Korean solo artist to enter the Top 100. It was reported that the song got 9.7 million broadcasts in the United States alone. The song was downloaded 11,000 times from September 28th to October 4th, according to Nielsen Music data.
The song is behind some of the most famous songs and artists on earth. Billie Eilish's Bad Guy is at #3, Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's Señorita is at #4, and Post Malone's Circles is at #2.