BTS fans- like me- are rejoicing at the current love that our Bangtan Boys are getting. “Dynamite”- their first single entirely in English- is enjoying insane success at the moment. The song has been number one on the Billboard Global EXCL. US chart as well as topping the Billboard Global 200 chart, becoming the first song in history to do so. Though not at the very top of the charts in the UK, the song is still one of the bands most successful over here as it recently re-entered the top 20 in the official UK singles charts this week. The song is breaking YouTube records too. “Dynamite” managed to break the 24-hour music debut record, receiving around 101.1 million views in 24 hours. Not only that, but they debuted the choreography version of their “Dynamite” music video on Fortnite, a super popular video game but I’m sure you know that unless you’ve been living under a rock for several years. Following all this success, the Korean pop sensations are also going to be releasing a new studio album in November called “BE”. All in all, it is safe to say that BTS are doing rather well. To top it all off, the boys are taking over The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon for a whole week. No big deal then.
BTS kicked off their week long takeover of the Tonight Show with a performance of their song “IDOL” from their 2018 album “Love Yourself: Answer”. The group performed the song at a remote location due to COVID-19 restrictions but the performance was no less impressive even without a live audience. “IDOL” also did very well when it was released two years ago, even receiving a remix featuring US artist Nicki Minaj. But “Dynamite”- a 70’s style disco pop funk tune- is the one that is really grabbing global audiences. Its joyful and plain fun style and energetic dance moves are what we need at the moment with the world in the state of disarray that it currently is. I can honestly say (and I mean this genuinely, not just because I am a BTS ARMY fangirl) that “Dynamite” has cheered me up massively since I first heard it. My family probably hate it at this point as I keep playing it relentlessly though.
BTS also performed a socially distanced version of “Dynamite” alongside Jimmy Fallon and the Roots. Fallon and the Roots have collaborated with various artists to create fun, acapella versions of hit songs beforehand so this performance truly escalates BTS to the level of music stardom as some of the most famous artists. Quite frankly, they deserve it. They are talented performers who clearly love and care about what they do and their success is a labour of love. I’ll be covering BTS’s takeover all week, so stay tuned for more on the band.