On February 7, 2024, BTS Jungkook joined South Korean singer-songwriter BoA as the only Korean and K-pop solo artists to have their songs chart for more than 30 weeks on the Billboard Japan Hot 100. The first solo single from the BTS star. Seven (feat. Latto) has been over 210 days while BoA’s track Meri Kuri has spent over 280 days (40 weeks) on the chart.
Fans congratulated the 26-year-old musician for becoming one of only two musicians in the chart’s history to achieve this milestone.
For the uninitiated, legendary South Korean artist Kwon Bo-ah, also known as BoA, debuted in 2000 and is hailed as the “Queen of K-pop.” She is a well-known singer, songwriter, and actress who was the first Korean musician to succeed in the Japanese music industry.
‘Is there anything I can’t do?’: Fans praise Jungkook for achieving this latest milestone
Notably, Seven still charts on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart as of February 8, 2024. In the last decade, Jungkook has been the only one to achieve this mark since Meri Kuri by BoA was first released in 2004. The song entered the chart in January 2010 and spent a total of 40 weeks and peaked at number 23.
BTS global pop star released the song Seven on July 14, 2023, as his first single prior to the release of his subsequent debut solo album. GOLDEN. The song entered on July 22, 2023 and peaked at number 2 on the chart and is still charting compared to the BTS song. Take two which stayed on the charts for five weeks and peaked at number 6.
The song Meri Kuri (Japanese: メリクリ), sometimes called happy-chri in South Korea, it was recorded by BoA in two languages and became an instant hit. Produced by Kazuhiro Hara, the ballad has a festive theme and was written by the soloist herself together with Chinfa Kan. On December 1, 2004, SM Entertainment made it available as their third Korean physical single and fourteenth Japanese single through Avex Trax. .
Jungkook’s fans and admirers praised him:
BoA’s song peaked at number five on the weekly singles chart in Japan and number 10 on the monthly album chart in South Korea. It received four certifications from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ), comprising two double-platinum certifications for download and ringtone sales.
On the other hand, Jungkook’s debut single as a solo artist reigned at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks, making him the first K-pop artist to have the longest chart. He even surpassed his bandmate Jimin, who was on the Hot 100 for four weeks in a row with his song. Like crazy.
Currently, Jungkook Seven (featuring Latto) peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart as of February 8, 2024. The song has amassed over 1.3 billion streams (1,372,241,408) on Spotify as of this writing. Meanwhile, it’s important to note that BoA’s single Meri Kuri was recorded for 40 weeks in 2010 without the help of TikTok and social media.