Light it up, Dynamite! It was a dynamite weekend for BTS and and ARMY as the hugely awaited Map of the Soul ON:E concert went live.
The two night concert event had initially been planned to be held on site with a smaller audience as well as online but due to the ongoing pandemic, the septet decided to move it to be exclusively online.
On October 10 and 11, BTS held livestream concerts that were viewed by over 993,000 people from 191 different regions around the world. The show included performances of tracks from their most recent album “Map of the Soul: 7” as well as their digital single “Dynamite,” which has spent multiple weekson top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
The concert, which utilized technologies such as AR (Augmented Reality) and XR (Extended Reality), created an inclusive experience by giving fans the opportunity to appear onscreen and have their voices heard while BTS performed. Viewers also had the option to watch the show in real time through multi-view streaming or catch up with the performances later through a delayed streaming event.
Map of the Soul ON:E topped BTS’s previous streaming record from their Bang Bang Con concert in June which had 756,600 simultaneous viewers from 107 regions.
The group shared that this set list was what they would have performed during their world tour scheduled to kick off on May of this year to promote Map of the Soul: 7. Each member took the stage to perform their solo songs from 7 as well as taking viewers back in time to the songs that took the to the top and the song that brought them into the music world.
The seven Koreans were especially touched to see the faces of ARMY through screens in real, cheering them on and giving them energy to continue doing what they love: perform their music. The members commented, “We’re happy just to be able to see you all through a screen. After hearing your voices for the first time in a long time, we feel encouraged. You all have the most beautiful voices in the world.”
In their closing comments RM shared “ “This concert has given us such a mix of emotions. We first began as seven members with a small dream. While waving flags of different colors, speaking different languages, and singing our own stories, we’ll keep marching forward together. BTS is not just the story of seven people. It is the story of you, the story of me, and the story of everyone.”
Capping off another record breaking weekend, BTS has also achieved another first as they currently hold the number 1 and 2 spots on the Billboard charts. Taking first place with their “Savage Love” remix collaboration with Jason Derulo and holding on to the number two spot with “Dynamite.”