K-Pop superstars BTS make their Tiny Desk, Quarantine Edition debut

It was ‘Dynamite.’
September 21, 2020 1:40 p.m. EST
September 23, 2020 10:15 a.m. EST
South Korean K-Pop superstars BTS are the latest performers to bring their talents to NPR’s Tiny Desk song series (the at home quarantine version), performing the hit ‘Dynamite’ plus two other lesser-known songs (which may not be so under-the-radar for much longer). The latest Tiny Desk installment came to fans all the way from Seoul, where record store Vinyl & Plastic hosted the group in a slightly larger environment than NPR’s typically tight Tiny Desk setup — BTS does, afterall, have seven members (Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook).Opening the mini-set with their very first Billboard Hot 100 number one hit (while rocking metallic and glitter-festooned microphones and styled like 1970s male models), BTS delivered a lively performance backed by a live band (another first for the group). They followed up ‘Dynamite’ with 2016’s slow jam, ‘Save Me’ and then got sentimental with a song from their 2017 record ‘You Never Walk Alone.’ The track, ‘Spring Day’ came with a message of encouragement from the group who recognized that 2020 hasn’t been easy on music fans (or anyone else for that matter). "I believe in such difficult times like now, we all are wishing for the spring day to come," said BTS member Jungkook."It's been the roughest summer ever,” added RM. “But we know that spring will come. So let's go together.”[video_embed id='1913806']RELATED: etalk Explains: Everything you need to know about BTS[/video_embed]
BTS is one of the most popular bands on the planet with a fan base that extends well beyond the borders of South Korea — as evidenced, in part, by the international and US-based K-Pop stans who took part in this past summer trolling of Trump’s Tulsa rally. Prior to that political caper, they’d employed their massive social media presence to drown out the #whitelivesmatter hashtag with photos and memes of their beloved K-Pop personalities, BTS being chief among them. Can we just say, keep on rocking in the free world? Check out the group’s full performance here.[video_embed id='2021405']RELATED: Woman films creepy doll moving on its own[/video_embed]

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