BTS Talks About “Dynamite” Success And More On KBS’s “Nine O’Clock News”
On September 10, BTS made a special appearance on “KBS News 9”!
BTS appeared on the evening news program to discuss the booming success of their latest single “Dynamite” which held the No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the second consecutive week.
This is history as they hold the record for first all -South Korean group to top the Billboard Hot 100 and first to hold it for two weeks.
When asked about exploding success of “Dynamite”, Sugar commented, “The situation regarding COVID-19 is bad overseas as well, so our main focus was wanting to give fans a little bit of strength. We think that these good results are because the fans really liked it.”
RM added, “There are a lot of different ways that people overcome their depression and sadness in a difficult situation, but we chose a standard method. We felt that people needed a sense of happiness and hope that the familiar disco pop genre brings.”
The group members were asked if they felt like “world stars” and V replied, “I feel it more than I did before. My family’s acquaintances tell us that they are ARMYs now. My friends’ acquaintances say the same thing.” J-Hope quipped, “We got a lot of cheers when we came into the newsroom today.”
The K-pop boys group reminisced about their difficult times as trainees. Jin said, “There was a time when a banana went bad in the dorm and we had to catch fruit flies with a vacuum cleaner. There was also a time when I ate nothing but chicken breasts. There used to be a limit on what we could eat, but now I can eat whatever I want. I can even eat two pieces of steak if I want.”
Jimin said, “I think that our mindset is different from the past. If we were impatient and resolved at all costs in the past, we are a bit more relaxed now.” Jungkook added, “But our attitude toward our fans and our music hasn’t changed.”
BTS recently renewed their contract with their agency, BigHit Entertainment. Regarding their teamwork as a group, Jin remarked, “There is no formal reserve between us. None of us tried to enforce a strong sense of discipline. I think that’s why we have great teamwork. We always have meetings and share our own opinions.” J-Hope added, “We were able to come this far because we respect each other and are considerate of each other.”
RM said, “We’re on the same boat but looking in different directions. The seven of us are different because we grew up in different backgrounds and like different things. It’s fine as long as we recognize we’re in the same boat. Like family, like partners, I think that keeping an appropriate distance and a sense of mutual respect and trust are the keys to good teamwork.”
About their next album, Jimin said, “We have songs that are as good as and even better than ‘Dynamite,’ so I hope that fans will look forward to it. This is a bit ambitious, but I hope that the entire album can get into the Hot 100 this time.” Jungkook added, “The members participated a lot in the production.”
BTS also revealed a secret wish of theirs. In response to a question about the Grammys, BTS’s member, Suga said, “I hope we can be nominated for an award and that we can have a solo performance there. I don’t know if I can say as much, but if we can get nominated… I really would like it.”
Be sure ARMYs are going to make it come true!
BTS also shared their thoughts on talking with fans amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are grateful to live in an age where it is possible to communicate via the internet and social media. When we got No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the first people we wanted to share our feelings with were ARMYs.”
“When something good like this happens, we want to meet fans directly and hug and cry and laugh with them, but because the current situation is not good, we felt a bit of regret. However, it is an honor to be able to appear on the news and hopefully the fans will like it as well.”