BTS’s Jimin rang out 2018 with a new song, and he’s starting 2019 with a new achievement: SoundCloud confirmed today that his solo “Promise” broke the site’s record for the best first-day debut ever after he shared it on Dec. 31.
According to SoundCloud, Jimin’s song achieved 8.5 million streams within its first 24 hours of being made available.
The feat enabled “Promise” to hold the No. 1 spot on both SoundCloud’s Top 50 and New & Hot charts for 48 hours. As of Jan. 3, it has over 15 million plays on the music sharing platform. The song was listened to by audiences around the globe, reports SoundCloud. The top 5 countries driving streams to were South Korea, the United States, Vietnam, Indonesia and Japan.
“Promise” surpassed the record set by Drake’s “Duppy Freestyle’ last May by 3.6 million streams, according to SoundCloud. The song, released as a response to Push-T’s inflammatory diss track “Infrared,” recorded 4.9 million streams on the site within 24 hours of its release.
Jimin’s end-of-2018 gift to fans is his first solo track released separately from a BTS album, though he released “Lie” on their 2016 LP Wings and his song “Serendipity” was featured in alternate versions on two of the three Love Yourself albums the act released in 2017 and 2018. “Promise” was co-composed by the BTS member, who wrote the lyrics in collaboration with bandmember RM. Jimin was the third member of BTS to release original solo music in 2018 aside from Love Yourself-associated songs; “Promise” followed the releases of J-Hope’s mixtape Hope World and RM’s mono. Playlist.