News – US – BTS makes history as first Korean act to headline “MTV Unplugged”


On Tuesday night, unstoppable K-Poppers continued to break through BTS barriers as they became the first Korean act to perform in their own standalone US. MTV Unplugged Special – goes down in pop history on television alongside Pearl Jam, LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton, Tony Bennett, Lauryn Hill and of course Nirvana

Admittedly, the half-hour one-time special that was filmed in South Korea wasn’t too unplugged, at least in the traditional 90s sense of the series. It started with the boy band “Telepathy” singing in a hobby room in the basement of the old school, followed of “Blue & Gray” in a sunlit greenhouse Both performances were accompanied by lavishly orchestrated tracks later on, a couple of cables could definitely be discovered that depended on the apparently electrical instruments of their backing band.But MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS nonetheless presented BTS in a new light by pulling back on its usual glossy production and putting up super-stylized choreographies and focusing on the gentle septuple- Harmonies of the soulful Seoul group laid

The special also highlighted BTS ‘unknown songwriting prowess, when the show took a page from another famous Viacom franchise, VH1 Storytellers, and briefed two group members of their specific contributions to the above two hits, Suga, who had recently recovered from his shoulder surgery in November 2020 and was delighted to perform again even if it wasn’t in front of the usual nightly live audience of the group of thousands, spoke of his inspiration for “telepathy” and stated, “We are a situation in which we cannot meet our fans around the world in person due to COVID-19 So the lyrics of the song describe our current situation of being temporarily separated from each other … I had to work on our album BE, and while listening to some older demos I came across it and thought, “That might be good!” I finished writing of the lyrics on the spot, gave it up and it made it an album. Later group member V, co-writer of “Blue & Gray”, spoke about the past difficult and lonely year and stated, “I tried to relieve my inner sadness and To express uncertainty, so I have the feeling of burning out as translated ‘blue’ and the sadness of not being able to see ARMY as ‘gray’ ””

Of course, while MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS might have turned some doubters into admirers and casual fans into superfans, the millions of ARMY members who voted on Tuesday from around the world were themselves already aware that Suga, V and their BTS colleagues J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook and RM are accomplished singers and composers. For this reason, the entire MTV special was dedicated to the ARMY BTS repeatedly expressed its disappointment and frustration that due to the coronavirus pandemic they were unable to tour their current BE album to normal in 2021 (“This situation we can’t see ourselves in is for very difficult for us and makes us question what we are doing “, was a particularly dark confession) For this reason, BTS planned an unplugged surprise for their ARMY and debuted with their angelic cover of Coldplay’s power ballad” Fix You “, a song who had comforted her personally in 2020

It was only during BTS ‘last two unplugged numbers, the pandemic-inspired anthem of encouragement “Life Goes On” and last summer’s undeniable bop, “Dynamite”, that the show transformed into the more conventional unplugged format, in established in the 1990s.When the group sat on stools, they were accompanied by a minimal backing ensemble – which, if not entirely acoustically, gave both songs pleasantly jazzy, swinging arrangements.Maybe this was more MTV Jazzed, but it left it BTS ‘concept of one day releasing an album with Great American Songbook standards seemed like a fabulous and not unrealistic perspective

Let’s just hope that in this case, acoustic or not, BTS can perform this jazz music live and in person for their dedicated ARMY. By then, this special will be more than enough to surprise fans throughout their lives

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News – USA – BTS makes history as first Korean act to headline “MTV Unplugged”