BTS ‘Dynamite’ Breaks YouTube Record for Most-Viewed Video in First 24 Hours

UPDATED: BTS Army has done it: K-pop idols BTS’s new video for “Dynamite” set a new YouTube record for views in the first 24 hours of release.

The BTS “Dynamite” video had about 98.3 million views in the 24 hours after it went live on YouTube, easily exploding the old mark. That left it just shy of hitting 100 million views, a goal many among BTS’s extraordinarily passionate fanbase (aka BTS Army) had been hoping the video would achieve.

The upbeat, dance-y and vivid “Dynamite” music video was released

   

 on YouTube Friday, Aug. 21, at 12 a.m. ET/1 p.m. KST. By 8:35 p.m. ET (9:35 a.m. KST on Saturday), “Dynamite” had registered more than 86.4 million views on YouTube. At that point, it had already topped the prior record holder: Blackpink’s “How You Like That,” which two months ago racked up an official tally of 86.3 million views in the first 24 hours.

“Dynamite,” the group’s first song entirely in English, hit the No. 1 trending spot on YouTube globally within 12 hours of its debut. The video also notched a record for most-viewed YouTube Premiere with more than 3 million live concurrent viewers, YouTube confirmed to Variety.

YouTube’s 24-hour views metric has become a yardstick in the music business for bragging rights and promotion. In response to some promoters gaming the system, YouTube changed its methodology for YouTube Music Charts in September 2019 to no longer count paid advertising views in 24-hour counts, which it said was to best reflect authentic fan engagement.

Note that BTS has previously held the 24-hour views record several times, most recently with the April 2019 release of “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey (74.6 million views in the initial one-day period). The “Dynamite” vid was directed by Yong Seok Choi of production firm Lumpens, who also helmed “Boy With Luv.”

BTS’s TV performance premiere of “Dynamite” will take place at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards, scheduled to air Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Reactions