BTS’ ‘Bang Bang Con: The Live’ Broke a Major Record

ARMYs, we did it again. According to Big Hit, BTS’ “Bang Bang Con: The Live” broke the record for viewership of an online concert on Sunday — and did it stunningly, might I add.

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With ARMYs around the world quarantined and missing the thrills of a live BTS arena show, “Bang Bang Con: The Live” was about as close as to the real thing as fans could get. The setlist, which included songs from Map of the Soul: 7, was nuanced and highlighted some of the boys’ biggest hits. Fans also praised the quality of the concert, comprised of multiple rooms and stages. Although the event was filmed in Seoul, South Korea, the virtual concert raked in a major peak of 756,000 concurrent viewers across 107 countries and territories.

Dedicated stans on the pop music forum PopHeads on Reddit speculate that this equates to around $19.7 million in ticket sales. While that number is not immediately verifiable, Variety reported that the attendance of the virtual fest was that of “15 shows at a 50,000 seat stadium,” so grossing numbers in the multi-millions of USD might not be that far off.

ARMYs took to Twitter today to share their favorite moments from the 100-minute concert, with many praising the “Boy With Luv” remix performed with LED umbrellas and the boys’ ever-slick choreography. If we’re going to survive the rest of this quarantine, I think fans need a second “Bang Bang Con: The Live” right away. I mean, how else are ARMYs supposed to collect all of the mini BTS tickets?

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BTS Is Holding a Livestream Concert Next Month

The COVID-19 crisis has put a halt to many things, including the music industry. Festivals have been cancelled, concerts called off and tours put on hold indefinitely. One of the most anticipated tours that’s been postponed is BTS’ Map of the Soul 2020 show.

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But the P-pop supergroup is making it up to the fans. The boys are holding a live online concert in June, called Bang Bang Con: The Live. The 90-minute ticketed event will be streamed on Big Hit’s fan community platform, Weverse on June 14 at 6 PM KST.

BTS official on Instagram: “⠀ [방방콘 The Live란?] 서로의 건강과 안전을 지키면서, 방탄소년단과 ARMY가 함께 연결되는 온라인 라이브 콘서트입니다. ⠀ ARMY 여러분의 방에서 멀티뷰로 생동감 있게 즐기는 방탄소년단의 안방 콘서트! ARMY를 위해 준비한…”

The band has been ramping up their online presence amidst the global pandemic. Just last month, they held a concert weekend where they streamed eight of their previous shows for free. Over two million fans tuned in on the two-day event. The group also launched a Weverse online class for learning Korean, to help fans all over the world better connect their music.

Tickets for Bang Bang Con: The Live will be available for purchase on the Weverse Shop on June 1.

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