K-pop band BTS told USA TODAY’s Rasha Ali about their new single “Dynamite,” and why it’s their first completely in English.


Mark your calendars BTS Army. 

BTS – the wildly popular, chart-topping K-pop band that was named Time magazine’s 2020 Entertainer of the Year – is set to appear on “MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS” on Feb. 23.

MTV said the music event will offer fans an intimate look of the super group’s biggest hits, including “Dynamite,” the first BTS song recorded entirely in English.

“BTS will bring its own iteration of the iconic ‘Unplugged’ format to life straight from Seoul, South Korea,” said a statement from MTV, “offering their fans a front-row seat to never-before-seen versions of the group’s most career-defining hits.” 

MTV offered a peek at the special on Thursday.

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MTV’s “Unplugged” debuted in 1989 at the height of MTV’s musical and cultural influence in America. It has famously featured the likes of Nirvana, Eric Clapton, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Bob Dylan in intimate venues performing stripped-down versions of their songs.

According to Billboard, Clapton’s “Unplugged” album sold 7.7 million copies after its 1992 debut, the most ever for the series. Nirvana’s “Unplugged” album, which arrived after lead singer Kurt Cobain’s suicide in 1994, sold 5.1 million copies and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. 

K-pop band BTS is set to appear on “MTV Unplugged Presents: BTS” on Feb. 23. (Photo: MTV)

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Made up of members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, the Grammy-nominated BTS is no stranger to shattering glass ceilings. 

BTS has a handful of Guinness World Records, including fastest time to reach one million followers on TikTok – they did it in 3 hours, 31 minutes – and most-viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours  – which they first earned in 2019 for “Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey with 74.6 million views, then shattered in 2020 when “Dynamite” hit 101 million views.

The disco-pop hit “Dynamite,” the group’s first No. 1 single debut in the U.S., also earned BTS their first Grammy nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. The single is from the group’s latest album, “BE,” which dropped in November. 

In August, BTS brought their first live performance of “Dynamite” to MTV’s Video Music Awards, where they took home the awards for Best Group, Best Pop, Best Choreography and Best K-Pop. 

Contributing: Gary Dinges, Associated Press 

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