Musician BTS Jimin is once again on top Billboard Digital Song Sales chart with his latest single, “Angel Pt. 1.” This latest champion not only cements his status as a powerhouse in the music industry, but also allows the K-pop giant to prove his strength and popularity in another way.
“Angel Pt. 1” marks Jimin’s third place on the Digital Song Sales chart this year alone, and he now stands out as the artist with the most chart-topping songs in purchase-only tally in 2023 so far.
His first taste of success came in early April with “Set Me Free Pt. 2”, which held the top spot for a week before being replaced by the follow-up single, “Like Crazy”. The latter had the biggest sales week of the year, selling over a quarter of a million downloads under its debut and holding the number one spot for two weeks before being dethroned by fellow BTS member Suga.
In securing his third #1 song on the Digital Song Sales chart this year, Jimin broke a tie with three other musicians who each managed a pair of chart-toppers.
Nicki Minaj was the second musician to have multiple #1 spots on the Digital Song Sales chart this year. She reached the top for the first time with her single “Red Ruby Da Sleaze”, which lasted for a week in March. Shortly after this win, she joined forces with rapper Ice Spice on the track “Princess Diana” which reached number one in late April with one of the biggest sales of the year.
Bandmate Suga Jimin, using his nickname Agust D, also achieved a #1 Digital Song Sales chart with the singles “People Pt. 2” featuring fellow K-pop star IU and his own “Haegeum”.
The most recent artist to join this club is Ed Sheeran, who accomplished the feat just last month. Sheeran’s successful career began in mid-May with the single “Eyes Closed”, which took its time climbing to the top. It then replaced it at number one with “Life Goes On”, which also credits country musician Luke Combs. Interestingly, Jimin once again replaces Sheeran in the lead this week.
With his latest achievement, Jimin now boasts a total of four songs that have hit #1 on the Digital Song Sales chart throughout his solo career. This places him among the most successful South Korean musicians of all time, second only to his group, BTS, which has amassed an impressive 11 leaders on the chart.