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BTS draws largest global audience for paid virtual concert with BANG BANG CON The Live

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BTS held their live streaming concert BANG BANG CON The Live today, garnering them the biggest global audience for a paid virtual concert.

The show, which streamed at 6 p.m. KST/5 a.m. EDT, was attended by 756,600 fans across 107 regions. That equates to about 15 shows at a 50,000-capacity stadium.

The group performed in various spaces made up of five rooms and two stages, each stylized to represent different moods. During the 100-minute 12-song set, they performed songs “DOPE,” “Boyz with Fun,” “Like,” “Just One Day,” “Jamais Vu,” “Respect,” “Friends,” “Black Swan,” “Boy with Luv (Feat. Halsey),” “Go Go,” “Anpanman,” and “Spring Day.”

The show also featured multi-view streaming, meaning fans were able to choose their favorite angle from six screens playing simultaneously.

As the show concluded, the group members each took turns delivering a message to fans.

“Though we may not be able to see each other at this time, we’ve been constantly striving to grow as a group,” Jimin said. “We are coping…with it pretty well so hope that you too can overcome this time by finding the small joy within. Hope we can meet each other again with smiles on our faces.”

Back in April, BTS was forced to suspend the group’s Map of the Soul world tour due to the COVID-19 crisis. Their North American dates had been scheduled to kick off April 25.

By Andrea Tuccillo
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