Earnest friendship, biz partnership behind BTS’ successful teamwork: interview

K-pop super group BTS will deliver performances on NBC's "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in the United States for a full week, the group's management agency said Wednesday. Under the show's weeklong special titled "BTS Week," the seven-member boy band will showcase different music performances each night for five days starting next Monday, Big Hit Entertainment said. The members will be featured in comedy bits and virtual interviews as well throughout the week. BTS appeared on the late-night show in February and presented its television debut performance of "ON," the lead track of the band's album "Map of the Soul: 7." The performance was pre-taped live at a deserted Grand Central Terminal in Midtown Manhattan, New York. "We love having BTS on the show," show host Jimmy Fallon said in a statement. He added, "Last time we had them on we took over Grand Central Terminal, so we had our work cut out for us to top that." The group's latest single "Dynamite" ranked second on Billboard's main singles Hot 100 chart for the second consecutive week this week after spending the first two weeks on the chart at No. 1. The septet made history by becoming the first South Korean artist to top the Hot 100 chart last month. BTS garnered nominations in two categories -- Top Duo/Group and Top Social Artist -- for the 2020 Billboard Music Awards set for next month in the US. (Yonhap)


Global K-pop act BTS has said the team’s great internal chemistry was driven by genuine friendship among members and the singers being fully aware they are committed to each other businesswise.

“We’re all very good friends. We always talk and communicate with each other. And we know that BTS understands each other as well,” BTS singer Jin said during a virtual interview with the Grammy Museum’s Collection: Live streaming service in the United States published Thursday (US time).

Jin added: “We always keep in mind that in addition to being friends, we’re also in a business relationship. That allows us to objectively see and give inputs so that we can create the best results.”


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“I think these are the things that create good teamwork and great outcomes,” Jin said.

Group leader RM also explained that BTS as a team took some time and effort to fully understand each other.

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“And now, I consider ourselves as seven of us are in the same boat but looking at some different directions. It’s okay to look at the other directions. The important thing is that we know that we are on the same boat,” RM said.

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RM explained that the band members, after having been together for seven years, have become very close.

“Now we can read each others’ mind like an open book. We got seven different tastes, seven different colors,” he said.

BTS made history by becoming the first South Korean artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart last month with its disco-pop single “Dynamite.”

SOURCE: The Korea Herald

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