Many ARMYs had already been showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement through fundraising — according to the volunteer fan collective One In an ARMY, fans had donated approximately $50,000 through their split donations feature even before the announcement. The money is going to organizations that give both immediate and long-term support to the Black Lives Matter movement and black community.
After showing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this week, BTS and their agency Big Hit Entertainment have now made a substantial donation to the cause.
On June 6 local time, Big Hit Entertainment confirmed that BTS and the agency had donated $1 million to Black Lives Matter.
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YouTube Postpones 2020 Graduation Event Including #BTS, The Obamas, #LadyGaga , And #Beyoncé Due to George Floyd Memorial
Variety has reported that YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020” event has been postponed to June 7 at noon PT (June 8, 4 a.m. KST).
The event was originally planned for June 6, however YouTube has rescheduled it in observance of a memorial service celebrating the life of George Floyd being held that day in North Carolina.
The lineup of commencement speakers now also includes Beyoncé.
Performers include BTS; Chloe x Halle; CNCO; Lizzo & the New York Philharmonic; Maluma; Katy Perry; Megan Thee Stallion; a performance of “Beautiful Day” produced by Finneas featuring Leon Bridges, Camila Cabello, Noah Cyrus, Ty Dolla $ign, Cynthia Erivo, Khalid, Tove Lo, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, and Ben Platt; and a performance of “Still I Rise” featuring Madison Calley, Misty Copeland, Naya Lovell, Janelle Monáe, Shonda Rhimes, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kelly Rowland, and Yara Shahidi.
Suga’s “D-2” (released under his rapper name Agust D) was dropped on May 22, and it features the title track “Daechwita.”
When Billboard’s charts updated on June 3, it was revealed that “Daechwita” has grabbed the No. 76 spot on the Hot 100, which ranks the most popular songs in the United States across all genres.
BTS’s “DNA” has just made YouTube history!
On June 1 at approximately 2:19 a.m. KST, BTS’s music video for “DNA” hit the 1 billion mark on YouTube, making it the first Korean boy group music video ever to achieve the feat.
The only other Korean music videos to have reached the milestone on YouTube to date are PSY’s “Gangnam Style,” PSY’s “Gentleman,” and BLACKPINK’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU.”
BTS originally released “DNA” on September 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. KST, meaning that it took the video just over two years, eight months, and 13 days to surpass 1 billion views.
Congratulations to BTS on their achievement!
Watch the colorful music video for “DNA” again below:
BTS’s V has now broken a record set by PSY eight years ago on iTunes!
Back on March 13, V released his self-composed OST titled “Sweet Night” for the drama “Itaewon Class,” which starred his good friend Park Seo Joon. The song went on to top many charts and even came in No. 2 on Billboard’s Digital Song Sales Chart for March 28, meaning it was the second most popular song in the United States that week.
On the day after “Sweet Night” came out, it was announced that it had topped the iTunes Top Songs charts of 77 regions around the world.
On May 15, it was announced that BTS’s 2018 album “Love Yourself: Answer” has achieved gold BRIT certification. The album became BTS’s first to go silver in the United Kingdom in May 2019.
IU will be teaming up with BTS’ Suga for her upcoming comeback!
On April 27, IU’s agency EDAM Entertainment announced that the singer would be making her highly-anticipated return next month.
A representative of the agency stated, “IU will be releasing a digital single on May 6, and she will also be releasing a music video along with her music.”
EDAM Entertainment also revealed that IU collaborated with BTS’ Suga in creating her upcoming song. Pointing out that IU and Suga are the same age, the agency commented, “As musicians of the same age, the two singers were able to relate to one another and use that as a foundation for exchanging opinions. They created their own unique synergy, which is reflected in their song.”
BTS will be appearing on the 2020 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards!
On April 24, Nickelodeon announced that their annual Kids’ Choice Awards would be hosted virtually. This means that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, awards and performances will be presented remotely instead of having audiences and performers attend an in-person event. The virtual ceremony is titled “Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2020: Celebrate Together.”
The show will be hosted by singer, actress, and former Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice. Nickelodeon has also announced that they will be donating $1 million to No Kid Hungry during the show.
BTS’s “BANG BANG CON” online concert weekend was a huge hit!
While BTS has had to cancel or postpone concerts on their “Map of the Soul” world tour due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans around the globe got to share a special experience last weekend as they enjoyed the group’s previous concerts together online while staying at home.
Starting at noon KST each day on April 18 and 19, BTS streamed several of their concerts, fan meetings, and more on their YouTube Channel via an online concert event titled “BANG BANG CON.” All together, the event lasted about 24 hours and recorded 50.59 million views! There was a high of a whopping 2.24 million people watching simultaneously at one point.