BTS made history on Saturday night, becoming the first K-pop group to perform as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Their set included their latest song, “Boy with Luv,” as well as their hit, “Mic Drop.”
The K-pop group’s performance was highly anticipated, with passionate fans – coined “The Army” – reportedly camped out in front of the studio days in advance in hopes of meeting them.
Guest host Emma Stone noted the band’s popularity in her monologue, saying she wanted to test the sound levels by telling the studio audience that BTS would sing later in the show, then waiting for their reaction. The announcement was met with ecstatic cheers and applause. “OK, we’re good to go,” Stone quipped.
The seven-member boy band released their new EP Map of the Soul: Persona on Friday. This is their first new collection of music since they completed the Love Yourself album trilogy last August.
Meanwhile, BTS has shattered a major YouTube record. The band has broken the record for most views within the first 24 hours with their new single “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey. As of 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, “Boy With Luv” had racked up over 92 million views. This smashes the previous record, set one week ago by K-pop girl group Blackpink’s “Kill This Love,” which earned over 56 million views in its first 24 hours, beating out Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next.”
BTS’s “Boy With Luv” YouTube video also garnered 2 million comments in the first 24 hours.
The band will kick off their international Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour on May 3rd.
In other news, BTS and Halsey are teaming up to perform “Boy With Luv” live at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, producers revealed.
The two join previously announced performers including Kelly Clarkson, Lauren Daigle, Khalid, Panic! At The Disco and Sam Smith and Normani, plus a special performance by 2019 Icon Award recipient Mariah Carey.
The 2019 Billboard Music Awards will broadcast live on NBC from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 1st.