BTS celebrated their 8th birthday for FESTA 2020. Here’s their memories of 2020
The year 2020 was BTS’ biggest year yet and busy too despite the pandemic causing a lot of social interaction to halt and even become nonexistent. In January 2020, BTS released “Black Swan” along with a choreography art film performed by Slovenian-based MN Dance Company as the first single from their fourth Korean-language studio album, Map of the Soul: 7. Map of the Soul: 7 was released on February 21 2020. According to Gaon Chart, Map of the Soul: 7 sold over 4.1 million copies in just nine days after its release.
The album debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 with a first-week tally of 422,000 album-equivalent units, making BTS the fastest group to earn four number one albums since the Beatles in 1968.
In March, Big Hit Entertainment launched a video series, “Learn Korean with BTS”, on the social media app Weverse, intended to “make it easy and fun for global fans who have difficulty enjoying BTS’ music and contents due to the language barrier.
In April, BTS became the first South Korean artist to sell more than 20 million albums cumulatively, becoming the best-selling artist in South Korean history. That month, BTS held a two-day online streaming concert event titled Bang Bang Con, where the group shared footage of past concerts on their YouTube channel.
On June 7, BTS headlined YouTube’s Dear Class of 2020 online graduation event, performing “Boy with Luv”, “Spring Day”, and “Mikrokosmos”. Their commencement speeches highlighted their own graduations and offered “messages of hope and inspiration for the class of 2020 in both Korean and English”.
On June 14, BTS held a 100-minute long online live concert, Bang Bang Con: The Live, as a part of their 7th debut anniversary.
BTS released their first English-language single, “Dynamite”, on August 21. Its music video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed premiere, with more than 3 million viewers, and set a new record for the most viewed video in the first 24 hours of release. “Dynamite” debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart with over 260,000 pure sales—enough for it to become the fastest-selling.
On August 31, BTS made their MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) debut with the first live performance of “Dynamite” and won four awards: Best Group, Best Choreography, Best Pop Video, and Best K-pop (the last three for their music video for “On”).
They performed “Dynamite” and older tracks such as “Idol”, “Home”, “Mikrokosmos”, and “Black Swan” on The Tonight Show for their week-long residency during the week of September 28.
On October 2, BTS released a remix of Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo’s single “Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)”. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking the group’s second number one entry in the United States.
On October 10 and 11, BTS hosted a two-day virtual pay-per-view concert, at KSPO Dome in Seoul, called Map of the Soul ON:E, which broke their own world record for Most viewers for a paid virtual concert live stream with 993,000 viewers from 191 countries as compared to their previous record of 756,000 viewers.
On October 14, they performed the single at the 2020 Billboard Music Awards and won the Top Social Artist award, becoming their fourth consecutive year of winning the award.
They re-released their 2014 album Skool Luv Affair in October, debuting in the Top 10 of Billboard’s Rap Albums chart and becoming their first entry on the genre-specific chart, with all 11 tracks charting on the World Song Sales chart.
On November 20, 2020, BTS’ fifth Korean studio album Be was released, with “Life Goes On” as its lead single. The single had its debut performance at the 2020 American Music Awards on November 22.
On November 24, BTS became the first Korean pop artists to be recognized by the Recording Academy when “Dynamite” received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards.
On November 30, 2020, “Life Goes On” debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. With this, BTS achieved their third consecutive number one on the Hot 100 in just three months—the fastest of any band since the Beatles in 1964
“Life Goes On” became the first song performed primarily in Korean to debut in the top spot. The group won the Special International Music Award at the 62nd Japan Record Awards..
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