BTS has kicked off September with the incredible achievement of earning the number 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100, making history by being the first all-Korean pop act to do so. Starting as just a message of hope for their beloved ARMY, BTS’s first all-English single ‘Dynamite’ had an impact beyond their fandom, and quickly became the soundtrack that the world needed during dark times. The single comes with a massive first-week sales number of 300,000, the biggest tally in three years, as well as 33.9 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
To celebrate such a momentous achievement, the Bangtan Boys spoke to the media via an online press conference where they shared their thoughts about hitting such a massive milestone in their career.
“To be honest BTS reaching no 1 on the Hot 100 we never imagined it, it still feels like a dream. I don’t know if this is reality, I’m still shaking, I’m still excited, We started this because we love music, because we love dancing, and I’m very happy and excited,” J-Hope beamed.
The news of their single reaching the top of the charts was like a dream for the septet with a lot of emotions to process. “Yesterday we were so happy, so thrilled, I think we calmed down a little bit because we were going berserk because we were so happy,” Jimin explained. ” This is something that we never really imagined would happen. It was something – at some point, we felt this was something that we wanted.”
And it was a double celebration, with the news being announced on Jungkook’s birthday. “Being able to be a part of such a milestone is a great honor for me in my entire lifetime. It was actually my birthday so it felt like a huge birthday present. I’m glad I was born so I want to say again thanks to my mum and dad and ARMY!”
Despite being the biggest boyband on the planet, the boys are still very humble, full of disbelief that this now their reality. “I didn’t think that BTS would be in such a limelight by the global audience. We came to Seoul together from the provinces with nothing. We had a small practice studio in the basement. It was just the 7 of us practicing together, working together, these memories are fresh,” V said of their small beginnings.
While the world has been aware of the Bangtan Boys for some time, ‘Dynamite’ is the single which seems to have grasped more attention from casual music listeners outside of the loyal fandom. When explaining why they believe it received such a wide recognition in the US, Namjoon said: “I think Dynamite was more familiar because of the language and other elements. It was disco-pop, more familiar with the American public…it doesn’t have a big message…sometimes it’s a simpler message that really gets across. I think all of these factors came together to create this achievement.”
But of course, while this grand attainment falls under the name of BTS, the septet is quick to give massive credit to their beloved ARMY, with Jin singing their praises. “It is because the ARMY exists that we exist and we are always thankful. We always want to show our best side to the ARMY. We will keep working hard to bring some joy to the ARMY. We love you ARMY.”
Promotion of the new single also saw the boys perform for the first time at the MTV Video Music Awards, which means they have now performed at four of the biggest US music awards: The GRAMMYs, The AMAs, The Billboard Music Awards, and now The VMAs. Something that seven normal boys living quite the abnormal life thought they could only ever dream of.
“We have been practicing and working towards all these four [shows]. We have been following these major awards shows, wondering if we would ever stand on these stages…performing on these stages itself seems very like a dream come true,” V gushed at the realization. ” Thinking that we have touched all of these ARMY members is something that I would like to applaud ourselves for the rest of our lives. It will be a memory that’s seared forever, for a very very long time.”
‘Dynamite’ offers light during a time of darkness, something that still creates uncertainty in terms of the foreseeable future – especially in terms of the world of live performance- though BTS stay hopeful and vow to work hard.
“In the future, we will continue to do performances we can the situation with COVID 19 is dire but in order for it to end so many people are doing their best, trying their best to crack down on this disease, we still need a lot more time and energy for this situation to ends,” Jimin commented.
“Of course I know that we can’t do anything about all the hurt that has occurred, what we can do though is to heal these people to the best of our abilities. So we will do our very best to make this happen. This will be our new goal.”
BTS has achieved all the dreams they’ve held, with SUGA vocalizing many of them, coining the fandom saying “What Yoongi wants, Yoongi gets,” so what is it that they’re hoping for next? “It makes me very happy and feels like a great accomplishment. I need to be careful about what I say when it comes to goals,” the lead rapper chuckled as his face was gleaming.
“I’m very happy we achieved this great feat with Dynamite. Now I start to think about what our next goal should be…it’s not that we released ‘Dynamite’ to make it to the Hot 100 chart, we simply put it out to give more energy to people around the world and I’m very happy that so many people listened to this became energized. That fact makes me much happier.”
“I guess I do have to mention our new goal, I feel very pressured right now. If I have to say it, we went to The GRAMMYs and did a collab performance, now I would like to do a single performance, just BTS on the GRAMMY awards stage. It would be great to receive an award but that’s not going to become a reality just because we want it. We need a lot of help from a lot of people. So for now just performing on The GRAMMY Award stage [is the goal].” We’re manifesting it as we speak!
“The GRAMMY Awards are something all performers dream of, and we would of course like to be nominated and it’d be great to receive the award, that is the direction we should be headed for,” RM added. “We’d like to put on a festival, a really big performance to bring together everyone, that itself feels unrealistic at the moment, that itself feels like a very big dream. BTS will do the best at the things we can do. We will be as BTS as we can. We say ‘check it up.’ On stage and off stage we will ‘check it up’.”
‘Dynamite’ is proof that even when life throws the biggest of curveballs, many things are still possible with hope and determination, while 2020 proves that even the biggest of hurdles truly is no match for the strengthful bond between BTS and ARMY. We can’t wait to see what’s next for our boys, the sky’s the limit and we think they’ll exceed it and then some.
‘Dynamite‘ is out now
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