The group’s latest track “IDOL” has debuted on the August 31 Official Singles Chart at No. 21. Their previous highest ranking on the chart was No. 42 with “Fake Love” earlier this year.
The 2018 iHeartRadio MMVAs were held on August 26 in Toronto, and hosted by Awkwafina. The annual ceremony (which was formerly called the Much Music Video Awards) is one of the largest music shows in Canada, and is presented by the music channel Much.
The 45th Korean Broadcasting Awards has announced its winners!
The annual award ceremony is organized by the Korean Broadcasters Association, and this year’s event will take place on September 3. On August 27, the results of the judges’ evaluation were announced for this year’s awards. 201 works on Korean network television and 88 people who appeared on television were considered, with 23 works and 22 people chosen for awards.
Some of the awards include BTS winning the Artist Award (for their appearances on programs such as MBC’s “Music Core” and KBS’s “Music Bank“) and KBS’s “Fight My Way” taking the award for Best Short or Mid-Length Drama. SBS’s “Master in the House” was given the Best Variety award.
About “IDOL,” the hit title track of their repackaged album “Love Yourself: Answer” J-Hope shared, “The song has the message of loving one’s true self no matter what others say.” He added that the song is very Korean but global, as well, through aspects of traditional Korean music mixed in with trap and EDM.
The group held a press conference on August 26 ahead of their “Love Yourself” Seoul concert. The world tour’s starting point is in Seoul, where they performed for a total of 90,000 fans across two days. When asked how they felt about their Seoul concerts, BTS replied, “We held our first concert yesterday and it was such an honor. It’s an honor to be able to hold a solo concert in such a venue. When we first started, we performed at the AX Hall for 2,000 people, and we slowly grew in size till we were able to hold a concert for so many fans. We are grateful and honored to be at this concert with so many ARMYs.”
BTS’s world tour will take them to a total of 16 cities and across 33 performances, the group will delight approximately 790,000 fans. Jungkook said, “The thought of meeting our fans from around the world with a new tour has me feeling exciting and happy. I hope that people who come to our tour will leave feeling happy and excited that they came. I hope we are able to end the tour with both our members and our fans staying safe. We will do our best to ensure that.”
During the event, the group was asked about the possibilities for contract renewals with Big Hit Entertainment as their contracts are set to expire in the next couple of years.
In response, Jin commented, “Our members have been talking about it a lot, and we are also discussing with our agency. I think we may be able to share good news soon.”
BTS recently released their repackaged album “Love Yourself: Answer” and has kicked off their world tour in Seoul.
Their new album, “Love Yourself: Answer,” has already seen huge success on iTunes charts, and their title track “IDOL” recorded an impressive number of YouTube views in 24 hours. Meanwhile, their past album, “Love Yourself: Tear,” set new records on the Billboard charts. Many media outlets in the past year or two have analyzed the reasons behind BTS’s phenomenal success, with several reporters suggesting that their savvy social media use and self-developed content might be the keys to their rise.
When asked about their own analysis of their success, BTS said it was their music and their message. Suga said, “When we debuted, we started with the stories of school and youth. We have told stories about being human from the very beginning, and it was something we’d planned on before we even debuted. We think that our worldview has also expanded bit by bit. I think that in analyzing BTS’s popularity, it is wrong to say that it was just because of social media.”
On August 24, the group dropped their repackaged album “Love Yourself: Answer” which features title track “IDOL.” They have been breaking YouTube records, excelling on charts, and setting new achievements since.
BTS will be at the Clive Davis Theater in Los Angeles on September 11 for an intimate conversation that will be moderated by Grammy Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman. Tickets will go on sale on August 30.