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BTS Unplugged

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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p.s The videos mentioned are in the above posts.


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It was very well done, heaven to my ears, and I am so happy to see the overwhelming amount of love and reading all the lovely comments from non-fans was also a nice welcome. 

Big Hit: PLEASE release a greatest hits LIVE compilation album in the near future please. 

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10 hours ago, Yinye said:

It was very well done, heaven to my ears, and I am so happy to see the overwhelming amount of love and reading all the lovely comments from non-fans was also a nice welcome. 

Big Hit: PLEASE release a greatest hits LIVE compilation album in the near future please. 


Agree with that.  I also watched some reaction videos as well especially those who know the original singer, who are well versed in music etc.  Crying with some of them too ... ha ha (happy tears)


Well just to inform everyone, I'll be very slow in posting news in the thread for now.  Need  to sort out some personal tasks etc.  However do check on BTS sns to get all the latest information.


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20 hours ago, Yinye said:

@YongZura⁷ᴮᴱ please take care and no worries! 


Thanks chingu.  After a day of happiness and excitement of watching their performances on MTV Unplugged, we are facing something that is more and beyond the fandom.  Let the writers inform you about the matter.







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