BTS Performs in Los Angeles

Still with You Jung Kook (by Linda Xie)

Linda Xie and Samantha Nguyen

The South Korean superstar boy band BTS performed at Sofi Stadium in Inglewood on November 27 and 28. The 2 1/2 hour show featured 24 songs including Boy with Luv, Dynamite, and Butter. Fans sang along and danced waving lightsticks from their seats reports Peter Larsen of The OC Register. On October 9, the Ticketmaster Fan Support page announced that all tickets were sold out. The pricing scale for seats ranged from $463 to $2,225 each.

Earlier this year, on March 14, BTS performed Dynamite at the Grammy Awards ceremony, which was recorded in Seoul and aired on American networks. When Dynamite was first released to the public it recorded 101 millions views in 24 hours. Previously at the 2020 Grammy Ceremony, BTS collaborated with Lil Nas X on Old Town Road to great public fanfare.

The BTS music group, also known as Bangtan Sonyeondan (translated to “Beyond the Scene”), debuted in 2013, with performers Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Jung Hoseok, Min Yoongi, Kim Taehyung, Park Jimin, and Jeon Jungkook. Their first hit songs “No More Dream” (200M views) and “We are Bulletproof, Pt.2” (100M views) were warmly received by fans on their YouTube channel, BangtanTV. Fans of BTS are members of their “Army,” which also stands for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth. The music group has maintained a wholesome image and perhaps this has contributed to their continued success.

BTS is active on numerous social platforms including TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, but they communicate exclusively through their Weverse App. In 2020 BTS was named TIME’s Entertainer of the Year.

Crowds have eagerly returned to live musical performances as restrictions have been lifted across Los Angeles. In early November 88rising and Goldenvoice organized the Head in the Clouds music festival at the Rose Bowl with headliners: Joji, Saweetie, Rich Brian, and NIKI & CL.

BTS & Coldplay perform My Universe at the Microsoft Theater for the AMA (Provided by Getty Images for MRC) (Kevin Winter)