BTS made history when its remix single MIC Drop became the highest-charting song on Billboard's Hot 100 by a K-Pop group, debuting at No. 28. (pix of farm5.staticflickr.com)

KUALA LUMPUR: BTS made history when its remix single MIC Drop became the highest-charting song on Billboard's Hot 100 by a K-Pop group, debuting at No. 28.

The septet broke its own record that was previously held by its first and only other entry, the electro-pop track DNA, last October.

The latest achievement, listed on the chart for the week ending on Dec 16, marks BTS' first top 40 Hot 100 entry and the first for any K-Pop group.

Billboard shared the news today, adding that hip-hop track MIC Drop, featuring American rapper Desiigner and remixed by American record producer Steve Aoki, had launched with 9.8 million first-week streams in the US and 45,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music.

The Hot 100 chart measures the most popular songs in the US each week based on streaming, sales and radio airplay data.

On the Digital Song Sales chart, MIC Drop debuted at No. 4, beating DNA's peak at No. 37 while on Streaming Songs, MIC Drop entered at No. 47, following DNA's position at No. 38.

MIC Drop, which Billboard noted had received more radio airplay than DNA, also took the top spot on the US iTunes Top Songs chart, upon its release on Nov 24.

South Korean rapper and singer PSY is the only other K-Pop act that had charted higher than BTS on Hot 100.

His global hit Gangnam Style peaked at No. 2 for seven weeks in 2012, while his other tracks Gentleman and Hangover charted at No. 5 and No. 26, in 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Meanwhile, in recent news, BTS was awarded Artiste Of The Year at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards on Dec 1, and Song Of The Year at the Melon Music Awards 2017 on Dec 2 for its ballad, Spring Day.

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