Dating to the launch of the Billboard 200 albums chart on March 24, 1956, and the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart dated Aug. 4, 1958, BTS and Swift are the only acts to have debuted a song and album at No. 1 on each ranking in the same week.
Swift first achieved the feat on the charts dated Aug. 8, 2020, after the release of her LP Folklore. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 846,000 equivalent album units (still the biggest week of 2020), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, while the set’s “Cardigan” blasted atop the Hot 100 with 34 million U.S. streams, 12.7 million in all-format radio airplay audience and 71,000 downloads sold.
The album earned Swift her seventh Billboard 200 No. 1, while “Cardigan” became her sixth Hot 100 leader.
Swift welcomes BTS into the elite guild with the South Korean septet’s album Be and the release’s track “Life Goes On.” The album launches atop the Billboard 200 with 242,000 equivalent album units, while the song soars in at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with 14.9 million U.S. streams, 410,000 in radio reach and 150,000 sold (digital and physical singles combined).
Be is BTS’ fifth Billboard 200 No. 1, while “Life Goes On” is the group’s third Hot 100 No. 1, all earned in exactly three months, marking the fastest accumulation of three leaders by an act in over 42 years.