BTS’ ‘Butter’ Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Ties For 2021’s Longest Rule

BTS’ ‘Butter’ Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100, Ties For 2021’s Longest Rule

BTS’ “Butter” rebounds to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, from No. 7, adding an eighth week on top and tying for the chart’s longest command of 2021, first logged by Olivia Rodrigo’s “Drivers License” in January-March.

“Butter” replaces BTS’ own “Permission to Dance,” which launched at No. 1 on the Hot 100 a week earlier, succeeding “Butter,” which had spent the previous seven weeks at No. 1. “Permission to Dance” falls to No. 7.

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data. All charts (dated July 31) will update on tomorrow (July 27) For all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

“Butter,” released on HYBE/BigHit Music/Columbia Records, drew 30.7 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 2%) and 8.8 million U.S. streams (down 21%) in the week ending July 22, according to MRC Data.

Despite its airplay gain, the track drops 20-21 on Radio Songs. On Streaming Songs, it falls 26-40.

As “Butter” soars back to No. 1 on the Hot 100 from No. 7, swapping spots with “Permission to Dance” (1-7), sales most sharply tell the story of the stark rank changes. A week after “Permission to Dance” opened with 140,100 downloads sold (via its original and instrumental digital versions, each on sale for 69 cents), following its July 9 release, it drops by 39% to 85,000 in the week ending July 22 (encompassing those two digital versions, plus an “alternate single cover” option released in the group’s webstore the last day of the tracking week, also for 69 cents).

Meanwhile, “Butter” resurges by 132% to 115,600 sold from 49,800, good for the Hot 100’s top Sales Gainer award.

“Butter” tallies an eighth week atop the Digital Song Sales chart (2-1), supplanting “Permission to Dance” (1-2).

As “Butter” replaces “Permission to Dance” at No. 1 on the Hot 100, a week after “Permission to Dance” took over for “Butter,” BTS is the first act to displace itself at No. 1 with a new leader and then send the previous No. 1 back to the summit with no other acts holding the top spot in between.

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” holds at No. 2 on the Hot 100, nine weeks after it premiered at No. 1. It keeps at No. 2 on Streaming Songs, after seven weeks on top (24.4 million, down 5%); rises 4-3 on Radio Songs (71.5 million, up 10%); and holds at No. 12 on Digital Song Sales (7,100, down 4%). (See below for more on Rodrigo’s Hot 100 and airplay chart moves.)

Dua Lipa’s “Levitating,” featuring DaBaby, rebounds 4-3 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 2, as it logs a fifth week at No. 1 on Radio Songs, up 2% to a new weekly-best 81.4 million audience impressions. It also marks Lipa’s best Radio Songs command outright in terms of weeks on top, surpassing the four-week reign of her prior leader, “Don’t Start Now,” in March-April 2020.

Plus, “Levitating” hits No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, becoming Lipa’s first leader on the radio ranking. She previously reached the AC top five with “Don’t Start Now” (No. 5, this January) and “Break My Heart” (No. 4, April).

(Lipa additionally debuts two songs on the latest Hot 100: she’s featured on Pop Smoke’s “Demeanor,” at No. 86, while her own “Love Again” enters at No. 89. The latter is new on the chart, but its origins trace back almost a century: it borrows the signature section of Lew Stone & His Monseigneur Band and Al Bowlly’s “My Woman,” which was released in 1933 and co-written by Bing Crosby. White Town’s “Your Woman,” which hit No. 23 on the Hot 100 in 1997, also incorporates the classic instrumental hook.)

The Kid LAROI and Justin Bieber’s “Stay” dips to No. 4 on the Hot 100, a week after soaring in at No. 3. Still, it notches a second week atop Streaming Songs (28.6 million, down 6%) and enters Radio Songs at No. 35 (22.1 million, up 71%), as it wins the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer honor.

(The Kid LAROI also earns his first No. 1 on a Billboard radio chart, as prior single “Without You,” which hit No. 8 on the Hot 100 in May, takes over atop Adult Pop Airplay.)

Doja Cat’s “Kiss Me More,” featuring SZA, repeats at No. 5 on the Hot 100, after hitting No. 3; Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” is steady at No. 6, three weeks after it debuted at its No. 5 high; and, below BTS’ “Permission to Dance,” Lil Nas X’s “Montero (Call Me by Your Name)” keeps at No. 8, following a week at No. 1.

Olivia Rodrigo’s “Deja Vu” climbs 10-9 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 3. It concurrently enters the Radio Songs top five (7-5; 61.1 million, up 6%). Meanwhile, Rodrigo rules the Pop Airplay radio-based chart for a second week with “Good 4 U,” as “Deja Vu” ascends 5-4 and “Traitor” debuts at No. 40. Those three songs (with “Traitor” not being promoted as an official single) follow her breakthrough smash “Drivers License,” which topped Pop Airplay for five weeks in March-April, with all four tracks from her debut album, Sour.

Rounding out the Hot 100’s top 10, The Weeknd and Ariana Grande’s “Save Your Tears” drops 9-10, after two weeks at No. 1.

Again, for all chart news, you can follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram and all charts (dated July 31), including the Hot 100 in its entirety, will refresh on tomorrow (July 27).

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