BTS’s J-Hope Owns 20% Of Billboard’s Rap Chart – Forbes
September 5, 2023
J-Hope is having another big week on the Billboard charts. The BTS singer and rapper is back in a major way following the re-release of his album Jack in the Box. Fans not only flocked to buy the full set but also the songs featured on it, and all that attention has helped the star conquer several rankings, including one that sees his name splashed all over the tally.
The South Korean musician dominates Billboard’s Rap Digital Song Sales chart this week. The ranking lists the bestselling songs in America that can be classified as rap. It’s important to note that this tally is different from the Hot Rap Songs chart, which also incorporates streams and radio airplay.
This frame, J-Hope occupies 20% of all the spaces on the short list. That would always be an impressive showing, but it’s especially meaningful considering the fact that J-Hope’s songs aren’t new to the Rap Digital Song Sales chart, as they’ve all spent time on the tally before.
First up from J-Hope on the Rap Digital Song Sales chart is “Future.” The tune returns at No. 6. It previously peaked at No. 5, so it only missed returning to its previously set high point by one spot.
A few spots further down at No. 9 comes “Stop.” That cut once climbed to No. 5, and it makes its way back to the top 10 in its second stay on the Rap Digital Song Sales chart.
J-Hope’s last track that’s currently found on the Rap Digital Song Sales chart is “Arson.” That tune has already enjoyed a more impressive tenure on the tally than the two that rank higher than it does this time around. “Arson” once hit No. 1 on the roster, making J-Hope one of a very small number of South Korean musicians to reach the summit on the list. This week, it’s back at No. 10 in its third stint on the ranking.
Impressively, J-Hope’s name also appears on additional charts, not just the Rap Digital Song Sales ranking. Other songs from Jack in the Box have been classified by Billboard as other genres, so they don’t make it onto this list. His tracks are also doing well on the Alternative Digital Song Sales and World Digital Song Sales rankings. At the same time, Jack in the Box hits a new high on the Billboard 200, breaking into the top 10 for the first time.
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