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BTS’ ‘Tiny Desk’ concert breaks viewership record

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, September 24, 2020  /  06:12 pm

South Korean boyband BTS made its debut performance on NPR Music’s Tiny Desk concert series on Monday.

The group’s 14-minute performance broke the series’ viewership record on YouTube in just 25 minutes, according to npr.org. As of the time of writing, the video has been viewed more than 8.8 million times.

BTS, which consists of Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, Jin and Jungkook, kicked off its performance with an all-English track “Dynamite” that topped the Billboard Hot 100 earlier this month. The upbeat number was predicted to generate over US$1.43 billion for the South Korean economy.

“It’s the first time we’re performing ‘Dynamite’ with a live band,” said V after they finished the song.

The septet continued its performance with “Save ME” in which V, Jimin and J-Hope stood up from their chairs to dance during RM’s rap part.

BTS ended its Tiny Desk concert with one of its most popular tracks, “Spring Day”. “This has been the roughest summer ever,” said RM when the song started. “But we know that spring will come.”

Following the performance, digital news editor for the NPR-affiliated WOSU radio station in Columbus, Ohio, Gabe Rosenberg, replied to NPR Music’s tweet about the group’s performance, encouraging people to support public radio stations through donation.

Washingtonian.com reported that his tweet garnered replies from Army (BTS' fans) who donated to the radio station. A number of them wished to express their gratitude to NPR Music for featuring their favorite group.

Launched in 2008, Tiny Desk concert is a series of live concerts that has featured more than 500 performances from various music genres. In 2018, Indonesian pianist Joey Alexander performed at the show with three original songs. (wir/wng)

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