In an otherwise calm week, ARMY still had much to celebrate and discover. While records continued to be broken, surprising revelations were also made, including an unexpected new release. This blog will take you through a brief dive into this week's events. So ARMY, let's get this bread!
Sweet Surprises and An Unexpected Collaboration
Warning: Cuteness overload!
On August 23, ARMY was shook when a picture of baby Jungkook was featured in Beyonce’s “Virgo Season Yearbook.” Savage rapper and songwriter, Megan Thee Stallion also surprised us by featuring Butter in her workout Instagram story. What was thought to be a coincidence turned out to be a surprise collaboration. Big Hit Music announced on Twitter and Weverse, that a new remix version of Butter with Megan Thee Stallion would drop on August 27. The news came after it was revealed that this remix was almost not released due to a dispute between Megan and her label (which has since been resolved legally).
The wait for Butter (feat. Megan Thee Stallion) was soon over, with the song taking the summer vibes a notch higher. ARMY was blown away by how seamlessly Megan's slick rap merged with BTS' sweet vocals.
It was also announced that an unseen performance by BTS from their BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge debut will be shown in September, so stay tuned for that!
New Releases on the Block!
This week would have been incomplete without new videos on BANGTANTV: a Bangtan Episode showing BTS’ photoshoot for LOVE MYSELF campaign give-ticons, a new Bangtan Bomb, which showed j-hope exploring HYBE Insight Museum and the BBC Live Lounge performances of Permission to Dance, Dynamite and the cover of I’ll Be Missing You. Episode 148 of Run BTS! was also released on VLive and Weverse, where the seven members dabbled with interior designing. Is there anything these boys can't do?
Celebrating Achievements and Prime BTS Eras
August 21 celebrated the first anniversary of BTS' Grammy-nominated English single, Dynamite. Since 2020, Dynamite has accumulated many achievements, and was recently certified Platinum in the UK. BTS’ 2019 single, Boy With Luv surpassed DNA to become their most watched music video on YouTube and has been certified Gold in Italy. J-hope has surpassed 7 million followers on Spotify. Butter now has 105 #1s on iTunes. According to the Korean music streaming app, MelOn, Permission to Dance was heard by 2 million unique listeners. On Spotify, Dynamite has garnered 1.05 billion streams.
Butter has spent its 9th week on Billboard Hot 100, this week at #8, and ranked at #9 and #1 on Global Excl. US and World Digital Songs Sales charts respectively. On Billboard Hot 100 Japan, Permission to Dance was at #5, followed by Butter at #7. Butter has now sold over 1.5 million pure copies in the US, and BTS has been #1 on Gaon Social Chart for 23 consecutive weeks. At the 2021 Korean Broadcasting Awards, BTS was confirmed as the winner of the Popular Music Artist award. The ceremony will air on September 10. Dynamite has hit yet another milestone, reaching 1.2 billion views on YouTube. Great job, ARMY!
August 24 marked the third anniversary for the release of the compilation album, Love Yourself: Answer and its lead single, IDOL. This album has brought us many fond memories of the good ol' concert days.
On TikTok, RM and j-hope posted their own videos, where they danced to Permission to Dance in an empty stadium, making ARMYs suspicious over BTS’ activities at that place. Jimin posted and commented on a post on Weverse. SUGA and j-hope posted on Twitter, while RM commented on different Weverse posts. Meanwhile, the ARMY fandom continued to expand, as BTS now has 48 million followers on Instagram and 40 million followers on TikTok.
What a week we've had! There is never a dull moment for ARMY, as we continue to be spoiled with new, exciting content. What will the following week have in store for us? Stay safe ARMY and stay tuned for the next blog!
Written by: Anugya
Edited by: Sanam
Designed by: Judy
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