With over 800 videos and 10 billion views on YouTube since their 2013 debut, Korean boy band BTS has used YouTube effectively to keep their global fan base ARMY up-to-speed on their comings-and-goings. Whether it’s dropping a new song or video, announcing tour dates or “breaking news” on upcoming television appearances, BTS has proven to be one of the most popular artists on YouTube – but if you’re a real BTS fan, is all of this ever really enough?
Well, YouTube Red has your fix later this month with BTS: Burn The Stage, an eight-episode series that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the band’s 2017 Wings Tour. Set to debut on March 28, the documentary series will allow fans to follow the band on their 20 city tour as they span three continents over the course of 300 days; and will cover some of BTS’ biggest moments of 2017, including their Top Social Artist award win at the Billboard Music Awards in may. YouTube Red promises an “intimate, personal portrayal” of the band’s dedication to one another, their music, and their fans.
Here’s a look at BTS’ off-air performance of “Go Go,” “Save Me,” “I Need U” and “Fire” from Jimmy Kimmel Live:
On March 28, BTS: Burn The Stage will premiere the first two episodes through their Bangtan TV channel at 8 a.m. PT; with new episodes dropping weekly until May 9. While the first episode will be available for free, the remaining episodes “will only be viewable” by purchasing a YouTube Red subscription. U.S and Korean fans can sign up for the service for two months of free programming; and YouTube Red is available for fans in the U.S., Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico to purchase through YouTube’s on demand service.
Since their June 2013 release of “No More Dream” from their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool, the seven-member band
(Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook) has used its Bangtan TV channel to develop an enormous international fan base. BTS (also known as Bangtan Boys and Bangtan Sonyeondan) is the biggest K-pop artist on YouTube, with over 10 billion views between official and unofficial videos. To give you a sense of just how great BTS’ online influence truly is, consider this: the majority of YouTube views come from outside of South Korea, with 441 million originating from the U.S; 317 million from Brazil; and 230 million from Mexico.