Catching fire: How BTS finally vaulted into US radio airwaves with ‘Dynamite’

(Big Hit Entertainment) via The Korea Herald

SEOUL — K-pop super group BTS is no stranger when it comes to smashing album sales and breaking music streaming records. But against its colossal brand recognition, the one nagging caveat for BTS especially in the West had been its lack of ample presence on radio airwaves — a key index in measuring the broad public appeal of an artist.

That was until its latest single “Dynamite” exploded globally, and especially more prominently in the United States and other Western territories, such as Britain. The septet made history last month by becoming the first South Korean recording artists to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s main Hot 100 singles chart with the disco-pop track.

Radio is a key component in aggregating the Billboard Hot 100, which also measures physical and digital sales and streaming elements in the mix. Billboard tracks airplay audience impressions from some 1,200 radio stations throughout America for the Hot 100.

In today’s era of smartphones that offers instant on-demand access and seemingly endless choices in an environment of a la carte streaming, radio remains powerful as a platform in terms of audience outreach. According to Nielsen, 272 million Americans listen to radio each week as of 2019, and given the increasing traffic and commute times, the figure is not about to diminish anytime soon.

Compared to the band’s past Hot 100 hits, “Dynamite” has delivered BTS its best performance to date on the American radio front, expanding its outreach toward the broader, casual music consumers in the US, many of whom may not have heard of BTS in the past.

Upon its release, the song marked BTS’ highest debut on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart at No. 30. According to Billboard, “Dynamite” generated 2,301 plays in its first three

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Pirlo off to dream start as Juve open bid for 10th straight title

Juventus’ Italian coach Andrea Pirlo (C) and Juventus’ Swedish forward Dejan Kulusevski applaud at the end of the Italian Serie A football match Juventus vs Sampdoria on September 20, 2020 at the Juventus stadium in Turin. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Andrea Pirlo got his coaching career off to a winning start as Juventus launched its bid for a 10th consecutive league title with a 3-0 win over Sampdoria on Sunday.

Swedish debutant Dejan Kulusevski opened the scoring after 13 minutes in Turin with Leonardo Bonucci adding a second on 78 minutes and Cristiano Ronaldo a late third.

The match was played in front of 1,000 spectators as Serie A stadiums reopened on Sunday to a limited number of fans after a seven-month coronavirus lockdown.

Pirlo could not have hoped for a better start to his coaching career, having taken over from Maurizio Sarri this summer.

The win against Sampdoria, coached by veteran Claudio Ranieri, came just days after the former Italy and Juventus star received his coaching diploma.

“It will take time to put together the mode of play, but I will not copy and paste,” warned the 41-year-old.

“I will take inspiration from teams that have impressed — there was little time, the lads returned from the national teams, we only worked together for a week.

“Today and already with (the friendly against) Novara we have seen something, it will take time. We lack players but we’re trying to do the best with what we have.”

Juventus handed debuts to new signing Weston McKennie and Kulusevski, who joined from Atalanta in January before immediately returning to Parma on loan.

Kulusevski curled in the first goal in a move started by Ronaldo, who hit the bar minutes later.

But it was not until the last quarter of an

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IPL 2020: Steve Smith available as Rajasthan Royals prepare for Chennai Super Kings showdown

Rajasthan Royals begin their journey into the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League on the 22nd of September with a big game against the Chennai Super Kings. This will be the first time since 2009 that an entire season of the IPL will be played outside India and also the second time that the tournament has been moved to the UAE, with the previous trip being in the 2014 season. A new time of the year, new venues but with a renewed belief, the Royals are ready to go and make their mark in the much-awaited IPL 2020.

Venue talk

The Sharjah cricket stadium will have its first game of the IPL 2020 when it hosts the Royals against Chennai Super Kings. One of the three venues for this year’s competition, the venue is iconic in cricketing books and has its own special place in history, having witnessed some intense nail-biting finishes through the course of time. The Sharjah cricket stadium hosted six IPL games back in 2014, including a solitary game for the Royals against Kings XI Punjab.

While teams batting first have usually ruled the roost at the venue, the situation is quite contrasting when it comes to IPL cricket. The teams batting second have ended up on the winning side on four of the six occasions.

The venue promises to produce an entertaining affair, as it has the highest boundary count out of the three being played on.

Early Team news

Image credit – RajasthanRoyals/Twitter.

The team has all its bases covered, with plenty of options to go with depending on the nature of the surface on the day. Our big international contingent who recently returned from the England-Australia series in Manchester, with the exception of Jos Buttler, have completed their respective quarantine periods and are

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