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BTS Strips Down Big Hits for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

Dressed to the nines in 1970s-themed outfits, BTS belts out three stripped versions of their hit songs; including Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Dynamite”.

On September 21, global sensation BTS performed a long-awaited Tiny Desk (home) Concert, hosted by NPR Music with video provided by Big Hit Entertainment. 

Featuring Seoul record shop VINYL & PLASTIC as the backdrop, and dressed to the nines in 1970s-themed outfits, the group belts out three stripped versions of their hit songs; including Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper “Dynamite”, their first all-English record. Vocalist V revealed that it’s the first time they’ve performed “Dynamite” with a live band, and BTS holds it down with their clear and powerful voices and charismatic stage presence.

“We love to watch Tiny Desk performances,” said BTS singer Jin, “And we are very, very, very honored and excited.”

Following “Dynamite” were popular tracks “Save ME” from 2016’s The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever, and the emotional “Spring Day” from You Never Walk Alone (2017) — a song that carries the message of missing those you love and looking forward to seeing them again.

“In such difficult times like now, we all are wishing for the spring day to come,” singer Jungkook expressed in consideration of the current state of the world.

Typically filmed at All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen’s desk in Washington, D.C., NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series has been playing to hearts of listeners since 2008; branching out from its indie origins to feature artists such as Adele, John Legend, Tank and the Bangas, Mac Miller, Paramore, H.E.R., Lizzo, Taylor Swift, Megan Thee Stallion, Harry Styles, and Anderson .Paak. With their appearance, BTS joins the ranks of music legends and superstars who’ve graced the Tiny Desk series with their talent.

The group’s disco-pop track, “Dynamite”, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart; topping the list for two weeks before remaining in the Top 5 in its third and fourth week at No. 2. Not only is it BTS’ first No. 1 on Hot 100 and their highest charting single in the United States, they’re also the first Korean group to reach this achievement. “Dynamite” is the 43rd song in Hot 100 history to debut in the peak position.

While we can’t exactly go out and enjoy pool parties anytime soon, there’s more than enough material to throw your very own “Dynamite” event in the safety of home; no matter the mood.

Since its release, there have been eight remixes to the track to suit any setting; such as the bright and summery vibe of the Tropical Remix or the Midnight Remix’s cool night out feel. And yes, even a Slow Jam Remix exists for all your R&BTS needs. 

Three versions of the “Dynamite” music video have been released, each showcasing different charms and bits of nostalgia. Aside from the original, the B-Side version features different cuts of choreography, outtakes, and antics from BTS that put their fun personalities front and center.

Set to the sounds of a ‘70s remix, the Retro version is a cool callback to VH1’s Pop-Up Video series as bubbles of trivia and messages from the members appear along with fun graphics of lyrics and disco-era imaging.

The choreography version of the “Dynamite” music video will premiere at Fortnite: Party Royale on September 25, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. EST.

After having to postpone their Map of the Soul Tour earlier this year, BTS will be having an online live concert on October 10-11, 2020 called MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E. Tickets for the show can be purchased in the Weverse Shop app.

Source: NPR Music
Header: BTS (Big Hit Entertainment)

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