Previously on BTS: Grammys, Gold Disc Awards, and Gratitude March 13-19
In an ever eventful week, BTS broke records, shared achievements, and expressed gratitude and grace in every aspect of their art.
Starting off with a bang, BTS took to the MusiCares stage, and Jungkook to the drum set for an energizing performance of their disco pop hit, Dynamite! Jin, Namjoon, and Jimin surprised ARMY on VLive, chatting with fans and showing off their culinary skills. BTS had two interviews, one with KIISFM to talk about their upcoming Grammy performance and their thoughts about creating meaningful music in the midst of a global pandemic, the other with radio personality Zach Sang, where they discussed their latest album and their hopes for touring in the future.
As per usual, BTS of course broke some records! Dynamite became the fastest Korean song to surpass 900 million views on YouTube. On Spotify, they became the 2nd most streamed group of all time! However, the achievements didn't stop there, as the boys took home three awards for Favorite Musical Group, Favorite Global Music Star, and Favorite Song with Dynamite, at the Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards.
BTS made history as the first Korean artist to perform at the Grammy Awards! They appeared on E! Red Carpet to share their excitement for the performance and also took to Weverse, offering their reactions and thanks. While they did not end up taking home an award, they still posted their live thoughts to Twitter and had a VLive where the whole group shared their honest feelings about the award show - a bit of disappointment yet satisfaction and gratitude. BTS also took home eight awards from Japan’s 35th annual Gold Disc Awards, including Best Asian Artist (Asia) and Album of the Year (Asia) for MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 - THE JOURNEY, making them the most awarded foreign act in the history of the ceremony, with 20 wins in total. Congrats, BTS!
In true ARMY fashion, streams for Dynamite skyrocketed after the shows, re-peaking at #1 on iTunes charts around the world. BTS also returned to #1 in Global Digital Artist Rankings, Dynamite re-entered at #4 on the US iTunes chart, and their entire Korean discography re-entered the US iTunes charts.
The excitement from the Grammys carried onto the next day, and as usual, the ARMY afterparty included enjoying BTS’s music all around the world. The boys ranked well on weekly music charts, with Dynamite staying at #43 on Billboard’s Hot 100, BE and MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ranking #42 and #135 respectively on Billboard 200, and with the group themselves placing #4 on Billboard’s Artist 100 list. Dynamite officially became the best selling song of 2021 thus far, and the official music video for their 2015 title track, I NEED U surpassed 100 million views on YouTube. The weekly Run BTS! episode was released, where the boys played typing and searching over the Internet games.
In different but equally exciting news, Weverse Magazine published an article entitled, “Fans, Their Voyage in the room,” acknowledging one year of the pandemic, and the dedication of fans throughout it all. In the publication, ARMY Magazine, alongside One In An ARMY, Bangtan Academy and many other beautiful projects were acknowledged by Big Hit! For the many ARMYs who have dedicated so much of their time and energy into these passion projects, this is an incredible opportunity to feel seen by our artists.
From ARMY Magazine, we offer you, dear reader, our deepest thanks, for making all of this possible! We will continue to produce great content for you and for these incredible artists we have the fortune of supporting.
BTS took home even more records as Dynamite earned the #7 spot on the Japanese Hot 100. With Dynamite again, the group broke a global world record for the most simultaneous views for a music video on YouTube Premieres with over three million official viewers. BTS took home yet another win as Dynamite was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Four days after the Grammy Awards, the numbers came in, and RollingStone was able to calculate the great impact of BTS’s performance during the ceremony. Monday alone saw a 493% increase in digital album sales, a 530% increase in song sales, and a 1056% increase in song sales specifically for Dynamite. Simultaneously, their latest, soul-soothing single Life Goes On sold five hundred thousand units in the US, and to cap it off, j-hope entered Spotify’s list of Top 200 Most Followed Artists.
In a week jam-packed with content, awards, and records, the boys continued to express passion for their art and their love for their fans every step of the way. Both BTS and ARMY are heading into the future with a promise to work even harder, so stay tuned for the many things our artists and fellow ARMYs have in store. Until next time!
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