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chart [Billboard] J-Hope Becomes First BTS Member to Hit Hot 100 Solo With 'Chicken Noodle Soup' Alongside Becky G

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J-Hope Becomes First BTS Member to Hit Hot 100 Solo With 'Chicken Noodle Soup' Alongside Becky G

10/7/2019 by Jeff Benjamin

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The BTS rapper-dancer-singer also scores his second No. 1 on the World Digital Song Sales chart.

While BTS has solidified itself as a Billboard Hot 100 chart force, the group's individual members are now proving their power.

J-Hope sees his new solo single "Chicken Noodle Soup," featuring Becky G, debut at No. 81 on the Hot 100 dated Oct. 12, as the dancer-rapper-vocalist becomes the first member of BTS to land a solo Hot 100 hit apart from the group.

The Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming, radio airplay and sales data. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (Oct. 8).

"Soup" debuts with 9.7 million U.S. streams and 11,000 downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 4, according to Nielsen Music.

J-Hope becomes the sixth Korean-pop artist to have hit the Hot 100, and the third soloist. (Notably, fellow BTS member RM did jump on a remix of Lil Nas X's record-19-week No. 1 "Old Town Road," although he did not recieve Hot 100 chart billing, as their "Seoul Town Road" rework did not account for the bulk of the song's overall consumption in any week.)

The trilingual "Soup," which blends English, Korean and Spanish lyrics, also debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's World Digital Song Sales chart, earning J-Hope his second No. 1, after his 2018 release "Daydream." The 25-year-old is currently the only BTS member with a solo No. 1 on the chart. "Soup" also scores Becky G her first career entry on World Digital Song Sales.

"Soup" was fueled not only by the BTS A.R.M.Y. craving new material from the guys since their announced vacation, but a #CNSChallenge that saw J-Hope break down the song's choreography on the group's newly opened TikTok account, got members V and Jungkook in on the craze and saw BTS label mates Tomorrow X Together involved. But perhaps even more notably than its viral appeal is the wide range of representation featured in the song (a Korean rapper, a Latinx singer, samples of a hip-hop song that honors Harlem [of the same name, by Da Drizzle, from 2006]) and video itself (with reportedly more than 50 countries represented by the multicultural dance crew). 

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