Like many of the Billboard charts that combine all forms of consumption to paint a picture of what the public is listening to, this week’s Billboard Global 200 is dominated largely by Christmas songs. The list of the most-consumed tracks in the world is covered by Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” with quite a few other holiday smashes continuing their annual ascent. While the highest reaches of the ranking are largely filled by jolly tunes, a handful of cuts debut on the tally this time around, proving there’s always space for new music.
The loftiest start of the week on the Billboard Global 200 comes from the powerful pairing of Juice WRLD and Suga of the band BTS. The late rapper’s second posthumous album Fighting Demons just arrived, and with it, a slew of new tunes, many of which find their way to the worldwide ranking. From the moment the two musicians debuted with their joint single “Girl of My Dreams,” the South Korean featured artist made history.
“Girl of My Dreams” kicks off its time on the Billboard Global 200 at No. 37, standing out as the only brand new top 40 hit on the ranking. That placement is special when looking only at solo male artists known for creating K-pop music, and its lofty start helps Suga prove his immense power and popularity.
The brand new “Girl of My Dreams” now ranks as the highest-charting song by a solo male K-pop musician in the history of the Billboard Global 200. In the year-plus the ranking has been published by Billboard, only two men working on their own who primarily release art that can be classified as K-pop have reached the tally, and the only other star who managed to reach the list knows Suga very, very well.
Before this week, another member of BTS claimed the highest-charting hit (the only hit, actually) by a solo male K-pop musician. Jin debuted his single “Yours” at No. 90 on the Billboard Global 200 in November, making history in the process. Now, Suga and WRLD have outpaced that momentary win, which lived on the tally for just one frame.
Looking at all K-pop solo artists, it’s clear that women are leading the charge. Hits by two of the four members of the band Blackpink, Lisa and Rosé, broke into the top 10 on the Billboard 200 earlier this year. In addition to their top 10 smashes, both acts claim at least one other hit that also ranks above “Girl of My Dreams.”