"MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" is a remix single by DJ Steve Aoki of the BTS' song "Mic Drop", featuring rapper Desiigner. The track and music video were originally set to be released on November 17, 2017 before it was pushed back to the 24th.
II. Background & Release
BTS and Steve Aoki initially met when the group attended the Billboard Music Awards in May 2017, where they were named "Top Social Artist" for 2017.
Big Hit Entertainment announced the official collaboration between the artists in a statement through NAVER on November 11, including the first mention of contributions by American rapper Desiigner. This initial announcement included an official release date scheduled for November 17, but a later announcement by Big Hit Entertainment confirmed that it had been postponed until November 24 so the release would not interfere with the promotions the group was doing for their American Music Awards appearance on November 19.
On November 11, Steve Aoki posted teaser videos of a meeting with the group on his official Snapchat account, showing BTS members playing with Aoki’s DJ booth and joking about the visuals from their upcoming "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" music video.
An official teaser video was posted on the Big Hit Entertainment official YouTube channel on November 16.
III. Spotify Playlist
The single debuted at No. 28 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the highest-charting entry by a K-pop group on the chart and the first Top 40 entry for a K-pop group.
The song also debuted at No. 1 on the US iTunes chart, breaking their previous record for the highest-charting song for a K-pop group, which was set by "DNA" reaching No. 4 on the chart. This also made BTS the first K-pop group to reach the No. 1 spot on the iTunes service.
On December 23, "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" entered the Billboard Pop Songs radio airplay chart at No. 37, making BTS the first K-pop group to earn a spot on the chart.
On December 27, 2017, the track ranked No. 79 on the Billboard HOT 100 chart, marking 4 straight weeks for the track on the chart. This tied their own previous record for the longest a K-pop group has charted on the Hot 100, with "DNA" remaining on the charts for 4 straight weeks in October of the same year.
The track went on to break this record again by reaching 5 weeks on the chart on January 3 (at No. 82), 6 weeks on January 9 (at No. 66), 7 weeks on January 17 (at No. 74), 8 weeks on January 23 (at No. 79), and 9 weeks on January 30 (at No. 84).
As of February 6, the track ranked No. 98 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With 10 straight weeks on the chart, the group again broke their previously held record as the longest any K-pop group has charted on the Hot 100.
On February 3, 2018 the track was certified Gold (500,000 album-equivalent units) by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), making BTS the first Korean group to have ever earned an RIAA certification.
BTS became first K-pop group to ever enter the Billboard Rhythmic Songs radio airplay chart, with "MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)" entering at No. 40 on February 3, 2018.
On February 16, the music video for the track surpassed 4 million likes on YouTube, their second video to reach this milestone after "DNA" did so on January 17.
BTS have added another feat when their “MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” music video garnered one billion views on YouTube. “MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” reached the milestone on July 26, 2021.