To say that BTS have had an amazing year that was 2020 is a total understatement! 2020 came with it the unexpected, the pandemic made the year seem lost and even one that everyone wished would just disappear so that we can have another year. BTS have felt all those emotions of despair, regret, heart ache and even wishing for better days. They talked about how the pandemic affected all of them especially with the plans that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. The much awaited “Map Of The Soul: 7” concert was postponed, then it had to be cancelled because the situation was not getting any better. Despite all that BTS did not let that get them down, they decided that they would bring a little bit of sunshine to ARMY with what they know best, Music.
They announced that they would be releasing “Dynamite” their first even all English song, which turned out to be exactly what the world needed. A happy bopping music that was easy, fun, fresh and light and colorful. Dynamite immediately dropped coming for all the records that it broke form the start. Since BTS could not meet fans, they had virtual concerts that drew in record breaking numbers, proving that ARMY will always wait for BTS no matter whether it be physically or virtually, their fans would always be there. BTS have also released new music, whether individually or as a group.
Second half of the year was made even more special with BTS announcing that they would be releasing a new album, “BE.” The album would be their own project that they would be fully involved in from the start to finish. And they just proved how talented and creative they were, form the Photo Concepts, Visuals, Directing, writing, “BE” became the album that was made with the comfort of ARMY at heart. And as expected their album “BE” and lead single “Life Goes On” debuted by breaking records! To crown it all, BTS became the first Korean artist nominated for a Grammy, Yoongi’s ultimate wish! This is a BTS rewind moment where we go down the journey that BTS has taken us through out a year that was less than perfect. What was your favorite BTS moment in 2020? What do you look forward to mostly for this new coming year?
“ON” Official MV, the second official music video was released on February 28, 2020 at 0:00 KST. Within minutes of its release, the video became the biggest YouTube premiere of all time with 1.54 million concurrent viewers. The video reached 10 million views in one hour, surpassing the record held by “Boy With Luv” as the fastest Korean video to achieve this.
BTS’ “Dynamite” was released on August 21, 2020. When the video premiered at 12:00AM EST, it garnered over 3 million peak concurrent viewers and setting a new all-time record for the biggest music video premiere on the platform. It became the fastest YouTube video to reach 10 million views, doing so after only 20 minutes of release, and the most viewed YouTube video in the first 24 hours, earning 101.1 million views and setting three new Guinness World Records. The music video is the fastest in YouTube history to cross the 200 million mark, in just four days and twelve hours after release, and the fastest by a music group to surpass 400 million views, doing so on September 26, 35 days after release. The music video crossed 600 million views on November 16, in just under 27 days of its exceeding the 500 million mark on October 20; it is BTS’ ninth to achieve the milestone. Now it is the 5th most liked Music Video with over 22 million likes, 10 million comments and 1.2 million dislikes.
“Life Goes On“
BTS “Life Goes On” was released on November 20, 2020. The video became the fifth-most viewed YouTube video in the first 24 hours, earning over 71.6 million views.
On Spotify, “Dynamite” debuted with 7.778 million streams, marking the biggest opening-day for a song in 2020 surpassing Taylor Swift’s “Cardigan” (7.742 million streams) as the biggest global song debut of 2020.
“Life Goes On“
BTS’ new single “Life Goes On” reportedly debuted with 9,511,105 million streams within the first 24 hours on Spotify.
“Dynamite” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band’s first number-one single in the United States and making BTS the first all-South Korean act to top the Hot 100. “Dynamite” stayed atop the Hot 100 for three total weeks. Additionally, “Dynamite” peaked at number one on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts, topping the latter for three consecutive weeks. “Dynamite” also debuted atop the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, selling 265,000 downloads—the biggest pure sales week. During the inaugural week of the Billboard Global 200 which tracks the most streamed and digitally sold songs in over 200 territories, and the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. which tracks the same metrics excluding the US, “Dynamite” launched at number two on both. The following week “Dynamite” topped both charts.
“Life Goes On“
“Life Goes On” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming the band’s third number-one single in the United States. As a result, the group achieved the fastest accumulation of three number-one songs since the Bee Gees between 1977-78. It is also the first song to debut atop the Hot 100 to be sung predominantly in a non-English language, as it is mostly in Korean. The track debuted at No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart and No. 14 on Streaming Songs. BTS’ “Life Goes On” debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excl. U.S. charts.
“BE” debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 242,000 album-equivalent units, including 177,000 sales, becoming BTS’s fifth number-one album in the United States. It’s lead single “Life Goes On” debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100 with 150,000 downloads and 14.9 million U.S. streams, becoming BTS’ third number-one song following “Dynamite” and “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” remix. Be debuted at number one on South Korea’s Gaon Album Chart with first week sales of 2.274 million copies on Hanteo Chart, representing the second-highest first sales figures in the chart’s history. Be became BTS’ eighth consecutive million seller in the country. Be debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, selling 19,562 copies in its first week
“Map Of The Soul: 7” Album
According to Dreamus, the distributor for Map of the Soul: 7, stock preorders for the album surpassed 3.42 million copies over the first six days of the pre-order period. On February 6, Forbes reported that the album had surpassed 4 million pre-orders worldwide. By February 18, album pre-orders had crossed 4.02 million. Map of the Soul: 7 debuted atop the US Billboard 200 with 422,000 album-equivalent units, including 347,000 pure album sales, becoming BTS’s fourth number-one album in the country and the highest first-week figures of BTS’s albums in the US to date. It also marked the biggest first week sales for an album in 2020. In November 2020, Map of the Soul: 7 was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which denotes one million album-equivalent units. In South Korea, the album debuted atop the Gaon Album Chart, giving BTS their thirteenth number one.
The album sold over 2.65 million copies in its first six hours and a record-breaking 3.37 million copies in its first week, achieving the highest first week sales in Hanteo Chart history. The album outsold the next nineteen best-selling albums of 2020 combined. In under nine days of the album’s release, Map of the Soul: 7 sold 4.1 million copies, marking the highest sales achieved by an album in a month and over a single year in the Gaon Album Chart’s history
In April, it became the first album certified as “Quadruple Million” by Gaon since the body implemented certifications in 2018; BTS are the only artist to achieve this. Following the release of Map of the Soul: 7, BTS became the best-selling artist in South Korea of all time, having sold 20.32 million albums cumulatively.
Four months later, in June, Oricon announced that Map of the Soul: 7 had topped the mid-year Album Chart ranking with 429,000 copies sold, making BTS the first foreign artist in 36 years to do so since Michael Jackson with Thriller (1984)
In the United Kingdom, the album debuted atop the Official Albums Chart giving the group their second consecutive number one. It moved around 36,000 units, with 32,000 being from pure sales. The album is certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry for selling over 60,000 copies in the country.
With Map of the Soul: 7, BTS became the first Asian group to top the album charts in the top five music markets in the world—the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Germany, and France
“Dynamite” debuted atop the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart, selling 265,000 downloads, the biggest pure sales week since Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do” launched with 353,000 downloads in 2017. “Dynamite” sold a 182,000 units in its second week, remaining atop the Hot 100 for a second week, becoming only the 20th song, of 43 songs that have entered the chart at number one since, to debut at number one and spend its first two weeks atop the chart since its records began in 1958; it is the first song by a group to accomplish this since Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” (1998). In its fifth week on the chart, “Dynamite” returned to the top spot the Hot 100 for a third week at number-one, with the overall song sales of 153,000 copies that week.
“Life Goes On“
“Life Goes On” sold 150,000 units in pure sales in its first week, including 129,000 digital downloads and 20,000 physical copies.
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GRAMMY 2021 Nominees
BTS have been nominated for the 62nd Grammy Awards set to take place on 31st January 2021. They are the first ever Korean Artist to be nominated to the prestigious Awards. They are nominated in the “Best Pop Duo/Group Performance” for Dynamite.