K-pop band performs in New York
K-pop colossus BTS arrived in New York to perform in Central Park on May 15. Like other cities, die-hard fans waited outside the park for days to see the seven-member boy band.
The free performance was part of the annual “Good Morning America” concert series, which will also bring Hozier, Adam Lambert, Lady Antebellum, and Keith Urban later.
Many BTS fans, called ARMY, camped outside for the best spot, and this prompted police to prohibit camping in the concrete jungle “for their safety.”
But New York police also cheekily added, “Trust us, we’re just as excited as you are.”
BTS, otherwise known as the Bangtan Boys, is now in the midst of a world tour, which included two sold-out nights in Los Angeles early this month and in Chicago last week.
The “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” stadium tour, which will feature a total of 16 shows across four continents including Sao Paulo, London, and Paris, is a follow-up to the group’s latest album “Map of the Soul: Persona.”
This weekend, the septet is scheduled to perform at MetLife Stadium twice.
Last year, BTS became the first K-pop act to reach No. 1 on the Billboard top 200 and repeated the exploits twice more throughout last month when its fourth studio album was released.
It is a tall task to top the Billboard chart three times in less than a year. Other than BTS, only legendary Beatles achieved the feat.
The wildly popular K-pop group is composed of seven Korean boys in their early or mid-20s – RM, Suga, V, J-hope, Jin, Jimin, Jungkook. RM is the leader of the idol group.
BigHit Entertainment debuted the group in 2013.