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In A Difficult Year, BTS's "BE" Was Created To Comfort

Picture of Ellie BateEllie BateBuzzFeed Staff

 

On the day BTS released their fourth Korean studio album, Map of the Soul: 7, the world couldn’t have looked more different.

 

It was Feb. 21, 2020, and RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook sat on a stage at the Today Show Plaza surrounded by hundreds of their fans, known as ARMY. It was freezing cold — they were all bundled up in coats, and clutching disposable hand warmers, and you can see their breath condensing in the air in photos and videos from the day — but for both the members of BTS and the ARMY who had slept on the street for days to catch even a fleeting glimpse of their idols, there was nowhere else they’d rather have been.

 

The release of MOTS:7 marked the beginning of what was expected to be a milestone year for BTS. It had been seven years since they made their debut as a scrappy hip-hop group from a start-up label, singing and rapping about the unjust pressures of Korean society on their teenage peers, and as a group of seven, the number was significant to them. The album existed as a comprehensive diary of their journey throughout the years since their debut, with tracks that detailed each member’s motivations, their dreams, and their fears. It explored their unshakeable relationships not only with each other, but also with their fans. It was, as the members themselves put it on the Today Show stage, a declaration of their belief that making music, as a group of seven, had always been their destiny.

 

The weeks leading up to the album drop had been jam-packed. The beginning of 2020 saw BTS launch Connect, BTS, a global project aiming to “redefine the relationship between art and music” and introduce visual art to new audiences. They had become the first Korean act ever to perform at the Grammys, as part of a collaboration stage with Lil Nas X, and fans tentatively hoped MOTS:7 would lead to a nomination for the group the following year. A little more than two weeks previously, tickets had gone on sale for the band’s Map of the Soul Tour, which was to see them perform in swiftly sold-out stadiums across North America, South Korea, Japan, and Europe. Talking to the Today Show hosts at Rockefeller Plaza on Feb. 21, the members joked about returning to play a concert that summer, when the weather would be more accommodating. But that would be one of the last times BTS was able to see ARMY in person. By the time they returned to Seoul a few days later, the world was already beginning to change.

 

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Another interesting article from the Weverse Magazine

 

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BTS show happiness and growth in RUN BTS
Still running after all these years
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The outward appearance of RUN BTS’s growth is at once a result of and also a contributing factor to the show’s success. Paradoxically, however, the show allows BTS to enjoy things they otherwise could not in their everyday lives. RUN BTS is made by the group for their fans, but it is also a shield for them to escape from the countless eyes fixated on them as they continue to become more successful. Judgment, forced obligations, and demands from the outside world are lifted from the members, so that they are not so much BTS as they are ordinary twenty somethings hanging out together in a relaxing space.

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They do what they want, help one another out, have fun, work hard, and laugh with fans for thirty minutes. While at once a testament to BTS’s enormous status, RUN BTS, from the very start, shows that they have not given up what they are, even today. It is a place built from the members’ friendship, their everlasting feelings toward their fans, and their determined attitude. In the end, we can say that watching and listening to BTS on RUN BTS is a complex and delightful experience, and that’s all that matters.

 

 

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I'm off today - watching 24hour MTV livestream on Youtube (there's interview in between MV) --> that was my intention until it was playing the same thing again.  Guess I'll be coming back soon.

 

The thing is we have questions ... 

 

 

 

and also why are they not able to use the translation on the MV?

 

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BTS Bring the Fire and Set the Night Alight on MTV Unplugged: Review

K-Pop superstars BTS bring their A-game to the classic MTV program

ON FEBRUARY 24, 2021, 10:30AM
 
 

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Recently, there’s been a growing divide between millennials and gen-z: side parts and skinny jeans are out. Different emojis are in. End up on the wrong end of the divide, and you’re in a tough spot.

 

MTV Unplugged feels much more associated with the millennials, first airing in 1989 and rising to prominence in the ‘90s, ushering in many performances that have since become the stuff of legend. In 1992, Eric Clapton’s Unplugged album became the best-selling live album of all time. Mariah Carey’s episode marked a shift in her public reception and launched her cover of “I’ll Be There” to No. 1. MTV as a whole now often feels associated with a nostalgic time of TRL, flannels, and Blockbuster, but rest assured, millennials — if BTS is doing it, it’s still cool.

 
 

The members of the septet — RM, Jin, SUGA, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — have now joined the ranks of the pop culture icons that preceded them with a five-song set, the majority of which was sung in Korean. While they are certainly not the first international group to appear on the show, which has heavily featured artists from around the globe since its inception, they are the first Korean act. As usual, the BTS boys brought their A-game to their latest “first.”

 

Can You Hear the Bass Boom? I’m Ready: The opening of “Telepathy” marked the first time the group have performed the upbeat track from their most recent album, November’s BE. The boys have a knack for keeping their virtual performances new and exciting, refusing to let their distance from an audience push them into anything repetitive or mundane. “Telepathy” featured the members in an arcade, leaning into the nostalgic energy of the program. Why were they all wearing something that featured Donald Duck in some capacity? Not sure! Was it incredibly charming nonetheless? Absolutely! Will I probably spend a few days wondering if this holds any significance for things to come? Of course I will!

 

In introductory comments, RM and Jimin expressed their delight at appearing on the “legendary” program before highlighting the return of SUGA, who had been absent from group activities in recent months following a shoulder surgery. “We are seven,” J-Hope exclaimed, with all the members visibly happy to be performing as a whole again. They continued with a sharp turn to “Blue & Grey”, the introspective ballad also making its performance debut on the program, in a set flooded with light and filled with greenery. This song is particularly special to V, who took part in writing it, but Jimin and Jin also soared in their upper registers, offering lush harmonies throughout.

 

Let’s Rock & Roll: Covers are frequently featured on “MTV Unplugged,” and BTS surprised everyone with a nod to another chart-topping group, selecting Coldplay’s 2005 hit “Fix You” in a moment that especially allowed their four vocalists to shine. Jungkook seems committed to constantly outdoing himself, especially vocally, and this song choice put it all on display. It’s also worth mentioning that there have been few other recent performances that showcase Jin’s expansive range better than this one: he dexterously slipped from lower harmonies to his breathy falsetto with a trademark smile. Coldplay should be proud of these guys.

 

The song choice feels deeper than just the great vocal display, though — the lyrics in “Fix You”, which focus on comfort, consolation, and reassurance, feel akin to many songs within the massive BTS catalogue: “Spring Day”, “Mikrokosmos”, and “Stay Gold” come to mind. In a time fraught with worry, BTS have only continued to dig deeper into their reputation as a source of comfort, hope, and joy. This performance was yet another love letter to those that seek BTS out when things get difficult, perfect to tuck away and treasure until the next cloudy day.

 

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BTS Offer Their Most Intimate, Powerful Live Performance Yet On ‘Unplugged’

 

The South Korean septet give audiences an inside look into the making of their 2020 hit album, ‘BE’ and surprise fans with a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ on MTV’s iconic series

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BTS on MTV Unplugged. Photo: Courtesy of Big Hit Entertainment

 

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when BTS shattered the glass ceiling. Perhaps, it was moment their 2016 album, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever won a Daesang– the highest form of achievement a group or a solo artist is awarded within South Korea– or perhaps, it was the time they became the first South Korean act to debut at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 charts with their English single “Dynamite.” Maybe it was earlier this year when they became the first South Korean group to become nominated for a Grammy. Regardless of the timeline and scale of their success however, this septet has proved they understand what it means to use their art to innovate, evolve, break barriers and win hearts on the way.  

 

With a NPR Tiny Desk performance already under their belt, BTS now make their debut on MTV’s Unplugged series–previously stage to artists like Paul Mcartney, Mariah Carey and of course most famously Nirvana– walking us through the emotions and art behind their latest record BE, as well as offering an unexpected cover of Coldplay’s iconic 2005 soft rock ballad “Fix You.” The episode was aired worldwide earlier this morning, with Vh1 India and Voot Select bringing it to local screens.

 

The episode opens with BTS’ first-ever performance of their 1980-inspired, disco-funk track, “Telepathy.” Written and composed by rapper SUGA, who revealed in the episode that the track came into existence after he took inspiration from older demos, “Telepathy” is an upbeat offering about finding an escape from monotony. The members keep it bright and playful as they perform the track in a colorful lounge, engaging various indoor activities like arcade games and keeping each other entertained, symbolic of time spent in quarantine. After a short break to discuss the writing process behind “Telepathy,” in true Unplugged tradition, the mood shifts to a slightly more sombre note with “Blue & Grey.”

 

The pop ballad’s minimalistic melody allows the members to show off their individual styles as vocalists and rappers, helping listeners feel the underlying emotion of sadness and uncertainty that acted as the source of inspiration for V while writing the song. V’s vocals are absolutely stand-out on “Blue & Grey,” the emotions conveyed powerfully on every delicate note he hits. The set design on this section is particularly breathtaking; wild flowers and tall, swaying grass fill an empty corridor with the lighting imitating a gloomy day, right before it rains. The members enter one by one for their parts, now dressed in suits that mimic school uniforms–perhaps symbolic of the year of youth we all lost in 2020. 

 

 

It’s the perfect segue into the group’s ‘surprise’ cover of Coldplay’s timeless classic “Fix You”– easily the most outstanding segment of the episode, the surprise slightly spoiled by MTV’s premature announcement of the same. The vocalists take centre stage on the pop rock ballad with effortlessly soaring notes, the rap-line pairing up with them to create haunting, impeccable harmonies. Leader RM however steals the show, inciting goosebumps with his deep and breathy vocals that both complement the singers and show off his own distinct charm. The set design is simple, with the band in dark suits and seated on stools while lights overhead spotlight each member.

 

BTS ended their episode on Unplugged with their 2020 hits “Life Goes On” and “Dynamite.” Performed with a live band comprising a rich bass-guitar-organ mashup, the stripped-down approach to both tracks displays diversity within the group that makes it easier for them to experiment with multiple genres with ease. While ”Life Goes On” takes a sweet and simple route with a minimalistic beige set, “Dynamite” is a celebration in every word, performed against a brick wall dotted the band’s platinum and gold records–a not-so-subtle flex to show the world just who they are–with the members dressed in crisp white suits.

 

BTS’ Unplugged set design is perhaps one of the most intimate so far out of the band’s collection of pre-recorded performances. Put together by their long-term collaborators ZanyBros, each set manages to embody the emotional quotient of its corresponding track. While the band performed B-side tracks off their album BE for the first time, it is their cover of “Fix You” that made this performance absolutely unforgettable. While the cover shines a light on BTS’ ability to pay tribute to iconic records, it’s also a pretty fantastic display of their understanding of rearrangement in the way they shifted a track with one vocalist to suit a seven-member group. All in all MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS is a fantastic introduction to the band’s abilities if you’re just discovering them, and a celebration of their journey with you if you’ve been a long-time fan.

 

‘MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS’ setlist

“Telepathy”

“Blue & Grey”

“Fix You” (Coldplay cover)

“Life Goes On”

“Dynamite”

 

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Review: BTS Dazzle All By Themselves With Beautifully Intimate ‘MTV Unplugged’ Set

Bryan RolliSenior Contributor

 

 

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BTS on 'MTV Unplugged'

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The last 12 months should have looked a lot different for BTS—and for the rest of the world. Before the ongoing coronavirus pandemic halted live music, the Korean pop septet was set to light up stadiums around the world on its massive Map of the Soul Tour in support of its chart-topping album, Map of the Soul: 7, which turned a year old on Sunday. The pandemic has postponed the globe-trotting tour indefinitely, with no indication of when BTS will be able to bring their multisensory live spectacle to the million or so BTS ARMY members who bought tickets.

 

Thankfully, the last thing anybody could ever call BTS is lazy, and the band members have been hard at work all year releasing new music, plotting extravagant virtual performances and shattering all sorts of sales and streaming records. In October, BTS gave Map of the Soul: 7 the stadium treatment it deserved with “BTS Map of the Soul ON:E,” the jaw-dropping, two-day virtual concert that clocked 993,000 viewers from 191 different countries or regions.

 

On Tuesday night, BTS graced the set of MTV Unplugged and presented a starkly different scene: seven men in a room backed by sparse instrumentation, bolstered by their mutual admiration, passion for their craft and desire to connect with their fans. The masterful five-song set reinforced what’s already common knowledge among the ARMY: Strip away the stellar choreography and breathtaking pyrotechnics, and BTS remain seven of the most charismatic and talented singers in pop music.

 

Of course, this was still a BTS performance, and a certain level of grandiosity was to be expected. The group kicked off their set with “Telepathy,” a swaggering disco-pop number off their latest album, BE. The band members traded lines effortlessly as they sauntered around a room outfitted with a foosball table and retro arcade games. One could easily imagine the members of BTS hunkered down together in a room like this as they wait out the pandemic, plotting their glorious return to in-person concerts and writing new music at a furious pace.

 

The upbeat tracks off BE bookended the Unplugged set, as BTS closed their performance with “Dynamite,” the chart-topping, record-breaking juggernaut that’s become an awards show fixture over the past six months. But it was the three middle songs that fully showcased the group’s staggering technical and emotional range. The band transported to a greenhouse bathed in sunlight for a devastating rendition of “Blue & Grey.” Their voices soared in unison over delicately plucked guitar strings and piano chords, and Jimin in particular dazzled with his aching falsetto.

 

V, who co-wrote and co-produced “Blue & Grey,” explained that the color blue represented “the feeling of burning out,” while grey reflected the “sadness of not being able to see ARMY.” The Unplugged rendition of “Blue & Grey” amplified the track’s twin moods of euphoria and melancholy—the communal joy of creating and witnessing music, and the sorrow of not being able to do so in person.

 

A likely high point for many viewers was BTS’s surprise cover of Coldplay’s 2005 ballad “Fix You.” It proved a perfect fit for the band members, complementing RM’s rich baritone and Jungkook’s tender falsetto equally. The song’s uplifting lyrics could hardly have been more fitting for this turbulent year: “And the tears come streaming down your face, when you lose something you can't replace... Lights will guide you home.”

 

Millions of people have suffered immeasurable loss over the past year, and they’ve clung to the comforts that can help them briefly forget their sorrow and feel like their old selves again. For millions of fans, BTS are that beacon, and they bear that responsibility with great reverence. It served as the guiding principle for BE, in particular its lead single “Life Goes On,” which the group rendered beautifully with the help of a live backing band. The band members looked longingly at the camera as they reflected on the day the world stopped and set their eyes toward a future in which they could be reunited with their fans in the flesh. 

 

That day will come, and it will be glorious. Until then, BTS have gifted their fans with another intimate, gorgeously crafted performance and reminded the rest of the world why the ARMY is so happy to have them.

 
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BTS Unplugged

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ON 25/02/2021 AT 1:24 AM
 

As anticipated in yesterday’s open, ahead of, during, and after BTS’s MTV Unplugged, the band and its fans took over social media. BTS or BTS-related hashtags and buzzwords, even the names of the bandmembers themselves, were trending in all the top spots. And then, not that they needed it, but just for the domination insurance, Jungkook posted a selfie to show that he’s gone from blonde to blue. Look at the number of likes on this tweet – it’s only really been about 12 hours or so: 

 

This, after all, was history. BTS is now the first Korean act to be featured on MTV Unplugged and they’ve been the “first to do xyz” so often that I wonder whether or not, well, people have become numb to them making history. Imagine making history so often that people get bored by you making history?! 

 

BTS’s historic Unplugged, of course, couldn’t happen the way we’re used to seeing Unplugged. Which, in sh-tty circumstances, actually sets up to their abilities – BTS are wizards in visual arts and have the access to tech to be able to support their vision and their team’s creative ideas, not by overpowering the actual performing but as value-add. That’s what we saw last night in Unplugged, as the band performed five songs live, including their two #1 hits, “Life Goes On” and “Dynamite”, along with a couple of tracks that have long been requested by their fans (“Telepathy” and “Blue and Grey”), and a surprise: Coldplay’s “Fix You”, which lyrically goes with their group message of providing solace through their music. And is also a well-known hit among those who do not count as ARMY, another example of how savvily they go about their business. 

 

Because with Unplugged, they may be reaching an audience that hadn’t already bought into their success and the truth behind their success: their talent. So while they certainly aren’t here to diminish their own cultural roots and their catalogue, most of which is in Korean, throwing in a popular English song by one of the most high profile bands of the last two decades, and absolutely nailing it, was such a smart way to persuade their detractors, not only with the selection of that track but how they chose to perform it – that is, in harmony. 

 

BTS is made up of seven members and, in general, they’re categorised like this: 

 

There are three rappers: RM, Suga, and j-hope

There are four vocalists: Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook

 

During “Fix You”, all seven members became vocalists, with the rap line harmonising under the four vocalists – and you can see that the camera deliberately lingers on the rappers during the harmonisation sections to really punch that point home. This was a flex of their versality. Which, of course, for those who are already on the BTS train is not news, but BTS is always managing fan service with greater expansion and recruitment, and this performance achieves both. ARMY is happy. But for those who have made assumptions about what BTS is and what they are and aren’t capable of, their MTV Unplugged should address some of those skeptics. I mean, sure, they’re always going to look great, and I will always appreciate that there are multiple outfit changes and hair and makeup adjustments for all BTS performances, but the fact of the matter here is that this group can and always has performed live, and have legitimate artistic credentials. 

 

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'mtv unplugged presents: bts' showcases the band's masterful storytelling

 

MTV Unplugged was a staple of the '90s, home to legendary performances by some of the biggest acts of all time – Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Alanis Morissette, Nirvana. It was always event viewing, and something many '90s kids and teens feel nostalgic for. So it makes sense that the kings of event viewing in the modern era, BTS, would take us back to that feeling with MTV Unplugged, introducing a whole new generation to what's special about that stage at the same time.

 

BTS are known for their extravagant choreographies and spectacular sets. But anyone paying attention – mostly their dedicated fandom, ARMY – knows that some of their most goosebump-inducing moments come from more low-key performances. That's never been more apparent than with their MTV Unplugged offering. BTS, above all else, are storytellers, and they utilise their five-song setlist to exhibit this in flawless detail.

 

The story they're telling, as always, is one of light and shade, of comfort and understanding. Beginning with "Telepathy" – a b-side from their pandemic-inspired November 2020 album BE, performed for the first time here – BTS invites us into their colourful world of good vibes, good music, and joy in one another's company. The stage is decorated with comfy chairs, old-school games, and nostalgic MTV memorabilia – a neon sign even reads "nostalgic night" – while the members of BTS are all dressed in cartoon-emblazoned casual wear. It feels like a homecoming of sorts – for MTV Unplugged, for us as viewers, and for BTS themselves; performing together after a period in which Suga (who co-wrote "Telepathy") had been out of action due to shoulder surgery.

 

The song itself is the perfect entry point for this set. As Suga notes after the performance, he was inspired to write the song because he misses performing for fans. But rather than focus on yearning, "Telepathy" explores the comfort and sense of connection we can feel in being sure of someone's love, even when they're not physically with us. "For a moment, with useless worries put to rest, for a moment, let's enjoy it together," Jungkook sings (per fan translator Wisha at Do You Bangtan), exemplifying what this whole performance is all about.

 

BTS' comfort isn't shaped by toxic positivity, and so while their next song – pop ballad "Blue & Grey" – might feel like a sharp turn after the upbeat "Telepathy", it's really a different side of the same coin. Another b-side from BE, co-writer and co-producer V reveals the lyrics, like Suga's in "Telepathy", were partially inspired by how much he misses fans, as well as his own feelings of "burnout".

 

A sense of heaviness and aching permeates the performance. In stark contrast with "Telepathy", the members wear subdued grey outfits and walk around a narrow passageway, not interacting. Their isolation, even as others are nearby, is palpable, evoking the feelings of depression that run through the lyrics. This performance is an acknowledgement of how hard things are, a reassurance that it's okay to not be okay, and a chance to rest within these feelings.

 

The progression from "Blue & Grey" to a surprise cover of "Fix You" by Coldplay feels natural. It's a song about grief, an emotion none of us have escaped in the past year. Jimin reveals the song provided comfort for the group during their difficult times, and they want it to comfort others in turn. For this performance, the BTS members, still dressed in grey, sit in a row and let the song and their sublime vocals take centre stage. Moving forward from the isolation of "Blue & Grey", the lyrics speak of healing each other, of another type of homecoming, communicated through transcendent harmonies. It's not hard to see why BTS took comfort in this song – watching them perform it is like being wrapped in a warm aural hug.

 

With their first two performances, BTS showcase their ability to turn a live show into what effectively feels like a music video, while the stripped-back staging of "Fix You" allows the vocals to shine; each approach revealing different sides to the act. For the final two songs in the set – their Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits "Life Goes On" and "Dynamite" – they highlight another side. Still seated in a row, this time they're closer together and have their live band, Ghost, backing them up, bringing a new, fresh dimension to the songs.

 

The storytelling continues. "Life Goes On" brings together all of the themes BTS has touched upon so far, exploring the frustrations of pandemic life and a wistfulness about the past while also offering an acceptance of the present and, crucially, a hope for the future. "Here, hold my hand, let's fly to that future...the day will surely return," the members sing in harmony.

 

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