- K-pop boy group BTS held its press conference for their latest album via live streaming on YouTube without the presence of journalists
- This is in consideration of the COVID-19 situation in Korea
- BTS’s latest album “Map of the Soul: 7” is the most pre-ordered album in South Korea
Korea has strictly followed precautionary measures to avoid the spread of COVID-19. They have 800 confirmed cases; the second-highest next to China. Crowd-forming events are discouraged. With this, K-pop stars have innovated the way they do their press conference.
BTS held its global press conference via video streaming from an empty hall. The conference went live via YouTube on Monday, February 24.
Originally, the event was planned to take place in Coex, Gangnam District. However, with the consideration of the coronavirus epidemic, their management Big Hit Entertainment opted to stream it online. Questions to be asked were pre-selected from the journalists.
Member Jimin gave a message saying they are concerned about everyone’s health.
“Health is always on our mind these days and our messages of facing your inner self and loving yourself is ultimately possible when you’re healthy.”
Their latest album “Map of the Soul: 7” received overwhelming feedback from fans across the globe. In fact, it is hailed the most pre-ordered South Korean album of all time. Before its release, 4 million copies were sold. The seven-member boy band’s 30-second preview of lead single “ON” on TikTok Thursday, flooded the social media app causing it to temporarily crash. They were the first group to release a single via TikTok.
BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means Bulletproof Boy Scouts. They became the first K-pop group to top the charts in the US and Britain. All their shows in Los Angeles, Paris and London’s Wembley Stadium were sold-out.
The seven-boy-group made a record on YouTube by having the most viewed video within 24 hours for their music video “Boy With Luv” music video earning 74M views in 24 hours.
Watch the BTS press conference here.