BTS become first Korean act to sell out US stadium as Citi Field tickets are snapped up in minutes

BTS concept image

BTS are the first Korean act to sell out a US stadium (Picture: Big Hit)

Another day, another major achievement from BTS.

It was announced earlier this month that the Fake Love singers would become the first Korean act to headline a stadium show in the US.

And last night, BTS sold out the 40,000 capacity Citi Field stadium in New York City with ease.

RM, Jin, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook and Suga sold out Citi Field – the home of the New York Mets – in minutes, with #BTSCitifield trending worldwide.

The tickets for the 6 October show went on sale at 4pm EST, and at 5.06pm, the venue confirmed that all the tickets were gone – although it’s believed the tickets were actually sold out after 15 minutes.

Citi Field’s official Twitter account tweeted: ‘Thank you, #BTSArmy! Due to overwhelming demand, tickets are no longer available for the @bts_bighit show at this time. We hope to see you on Oct. 6th.’

Demand for the coveted tickets meant many US ARMYs were heartbroken – but we can guarantee there’s 40,000 very happy fans today.

The Citi Field date will be BTS’s final North American date, after playing Los Angeles, Oakland, Fort Worth, Newark, Chicago and three dates in Hamilton, Canada.

The entirely sold out Love Yourself tour kicks off in Seoul, South Korea on 25 August, before making it to Europe on 9 October for two London dates.

BTS previously extended the tour into 2019, announcing a string of dates in Japan.

The boys have a new album coming out before then, with a repackaged version of Love Yourself: Tear called Love Yourself: Answer featuring seven new tracks.

Concept images for the album, which is set for release on 24 August, have been released over the past week, with the versions spelling out ‘SELF’ after Her and Tear spelled out ‘LOVE’ and ‘YOUR’.



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K-pop star Eric Nam buys out Atlanta screening of Crazy Rich Asians ‘because we are important’

Eric Nam

Eric Nam wants as many people to see Crazy Rich Asians as possible (Picture: Instagram)

Tired of how Asians are being portrayed in the media, K-pop star Eric Nam decided to buy a screening in Atlanta, Georgia of the breakthrough film Crazy Rich Asians.

‘To all my fans, friends and family in ATLANTA. My brothers and I have decided to buy out a showing of the new movie CRAZY RICH ASIANS,’ he posted on Instagram.

Eric and his brothers Eddie and Brian bought the 16 August, 6pm showing of the movie at AMC Parkway Pointe 15 theater ‘where we used to watch movies on the weekends’.

Crazy Rich Asians, which premiered in the US on 15 August, is being praised for being the first global release to have an all-Asian cast since the 1993 film The Joy Luck Club. It stars Constance Wu and Henry Golding.



Eric said they decided to buy a screening of the film ‘because we’re tired of being under and misrepresented in mainstream media and we want decision makers to understand that WE ARE HERE, WE ARE ABLE, WE ARE INFLUENTIAL AND WE ARE IMPORTANT.’

‘We’re not just tech geeks, math nerds, and ninja assassins. We are brilliant, beautiful, sexy, hot, and much more,’ he added.

He explained that ‘the success of Crazy Rich Asians is about US. OUR community. This is about directly impacting our future and futures of generations to come. To be the first full Asian cast movie in 25 years is absolutely INSANE.’

‘SO! Let’s pull together as a community and SHOW UP. The Nam brothers hope that we’ve made it just a little bit easier for you all to do so and to join in. And no, you don’t need to be Asian to watch this movie, enjoy the showing, or be a part of this movement. The more diverse the merrier,’ he said.

Eric was born and raised in Atlanta and became a contestant in Birth of a Great Star 2 in 2012, which started his career in South Korea.

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In April, Eric released the song Honestly and from June to July, he completed his North American tour, holding shows in different cities including Los Angeles, Vancouver, Seattle, New York and Dallas.

He also recorded the song Float for the animated movie Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.

Eric is also known for interviewing Hollywood celebrities including Ryan Reynolds and Jamie Foxx  

TIME praised Crazy Rich Asians not only because of representation but for being a great piece of work.

‘But to sell Crazy Rich Asians solely as a breakthrough in representation—as important as that is—would do the picture a disservice: It’s simply great fun, a winsome romantic comedy and an occasionally over-the-top luxury fantasy that never flags,’ according to its review.

It added that ‘within that context, it manages to fold in a few serious elements that hit close to home, in America’s new era of hostility toward immigrants. It also features a uniformly appealing cast of actors, quite a few of whom have the faces of true, old-school movie stars—faces that the camera just adores. How often do you get all that in a movie featuring mostly white people?’



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BTS drop second round of concept images for Love Yourself: Answer to spell out ‘SELF’

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Versions F and L of BTS’s new concept images are here (Picture: Dawbell/Big Hit)

It looks like BTS have access to the best playground in the world.

The L and F versions of the concept images for Love Yourself: Answer have dropped, days after the first round were released by Big Hit Entertainment.

Version F is a brightly coloured series of pictures, seeing RM, Jimin, Jin, V, J-Hope, Suga and Jungkook sitting on a set of monkey bars in a quirky playground.

Adding to the colour scheme is the boys’ brightly dyed hair, with hues of orange, pink and peach throughout.

And Version L provides an artistic flair, with the pictures torn in two to show the band in black and white and in colour.

Each of the K-pop idols get their own half-and-half portrait, with the colourful half showing a cheekier, jokey side to each singer while the black-and-white half sees them more serious.

The concept images have been released ahead of the release of Love Yourself: Answer, the fourth and final installment of the Love Yourself series (following Wonder, Her and Tear).

BTS release concept images in support for all their albums, with the images often intertwining into one narrative.

The ARMY often delve deep into the images to decipher the meaning behind them – and we reckon we’ve got this one cracked.

Previous albums have spelled out ‘LOVE’ and ‘YOUR’ – and with the previous concept batches labelled ‘S’ and ‘E’, this one spells out ‘SELF’. Ta-da!

Love Yourself: Answer is a repackaged version of Love Yourself: Tear with seven brand new songs, and it will be released on 24 August.

The album release comes just as the boys embark on their Love Yourself world tour.

The tour kicks off in Seoul before hitting North America and Europe. BTS will visit London on 9 and 10 of October at London’s O2 Arena.



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BTS shouted out Nicki’s new album Queen (Picture: Rex)

The BTS ARMY are one of the most devoted fanbases out there – we saw that with our own eyes when we visited the ARMY meet-up in London.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t share the love when it comes to other artists and fandoms.

The ARMY has joined forces with the Barbz after BTS showed support for Nicki Minaj.

The Fake Love singers often shout out artists they’re into on their official Twitter account, and this time it was Nicki’s turn.

A tweet sent from the BTS account featured a picture of Nicki’s new album Queen, along with the message: ‘Love nicki’s new album.’

And Nicki, 35, was feeling the love from RM, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, J-Hope, Suga and V, as she quote-tweeted their post and wrote: ‘Love you guys. Thank you.’

Now, this would usually be the end of the interaction – but these aren’t ordinary fandoms we are dealing with.

BTS’s fans and Nicki’s devotees decided to join forces and stream both Nicki’s album Queen and BTS’s latest release Love Yourself: Tear – introducing each other to whole new realms of music.

The #BTSxQueenStreamingParty began trending worldwide as Nicki fans discovered music from K-pop’s biggest act, and ARMYs got into tunes like diss track Barbie Dreams and Ganja Burn.

While many fandoms clash online, the streaming party was a huge success, with the fandoms declaring each other ‘family’:

Legends stan legends, after all.

The family vibes may not end with the streaming party, though, as Nicki liked a number of tweets related to BTS and their fans.

Could we see a collaboration on the horizon?! We can but dream.



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K-pop girlband SixBomb ‘feel prettier’ after undergoing plastic surgery

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SixBomb are open about undergoing cosmetic surgery (Picture: Pacemaker Entertainment)

Korean girl group SixBomb have caused a stir when their latest music video Hiccup Hiccup parodied of the Japanese adult video industry.

While the song has been banned by government-owned TV channel KBS, SixBomb’s Soa, Dain and Lee Sol were able to perform on other TV programmrs such as SBS MTV’s The Show and MBC Plus’ Show Champion.

Last year, SixBomb became the talk of the town when they used plastic surgery as concept for their music videos Getting Pretty Before and Getting Pretty After.

Plastic surgery is a multi-million industry in Korea – so much so that even the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) promotes it as part of attracting tourists.

Many Korean celebrities have undergone various procedures but most won’t publicly admit it.

SixBomb were happy to document their transformation through their music and said they were happy of the medical results.

‘So I wanted to show not only the music, but also the appearance. So I thought not only was it a diet, but it was also a way to get plastic surgery to show the concepts more clearly,’ Soa told SheBops.

Dain said because of their job, being beautiful is a must.

“I think that everyone wants to be pretty and cool. Because we are in the field of being seen by the public, I was always interested in my appearance. I wanted to see my image on the screen and not feel insecure and gain more confidence. I wanted to express my dignity and self-confidence by expressing myself honestly without hiding my plastic surgery,’ she explained.

Lee Sol agreed, saying: ‘I think that an outward appearance is the first thing to be seen in my job. I think it will be more synergistic if you come up with good songs with increasingly beautiful concept. I will come to you with my ability to grow more and more beautiful.’

The plastic surgery concept drew varied reactions including people praising the group for embracing the procedure.

‘In the controversy, the responses were very interesting and I appreciate your interest in SixBomb. It was also good because with this as a momentum, our song could spread widely. I’m happy with the results,’ Soa said.

Dain said ‘I like my appearance after plastic surgery very much and am satisfied to see my appearance appear much better on the screen. There was no concept that did not involve actual changes.’

The three said after undergoing plastic surgery, they feel more confident with their appearance.

‘I used to be satisfied with my appearance, but after making up for my lack of plastic surgery, I feel more satisfied and beautiful,’ said Soa while Dain commented: ‘Needless to say, I think it’s a lot better after’ and Lee Sol said: ‘I look pretty now.’

They added that they don’t have any regrets over getting plastic surgery.

When it comes to music video concepts, SixBomb are the total opposite of K-pop idol groups that portray sweet images, and they want other people to know that there’s more than idol music.

‘I would like to let you know that there are more diverse genres of music and singers than idol music of large-scale marketing companies,’ Soa said.

Lee Sol added: ‘There are many different genres of music, and there are also some really cool pieces that are unknown. It would be nice to get those unknown cool songs more popular to them, me and SixBomb as well.’

Soa noted that there are so many idol groups nowadays that competition is fierce.

‘There are too many idol groups and it takes too much time and waiting to do well in the upcoming idol market. So it’s hard to make a lot of money until it works. And unlike in the past, it is difficult to promote a group and music when there are only short periods of activity,’ she said.



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BTS’ Fake Love now certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Rob Latour/REX/Shutterstock (9229094by) BTS - Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, Jin, J-Hope and Rap Monster American Music Awards, Arrivals, Los Angeles, USA - 19 Nov 2017

BTS are just getting bigger and better (Picture: Rex Features)

K-pop boy band BTS’ hit song Fake Love has been certified gold in the US.  

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) released new certifications and awarded Fake Love a gold award for achieving 500,000 units.

This is BTS’ third certification from RIAA, all of which they earned this year. The popular boy band got their first gold certification through the song MIC Drop last 6 February. On 9 February, BTS got their second RIAA gold award for DNA.

‘Gold & Platinum Awards are earned by artists who have met rigorous standards, and recipients join the ranks of the most iconic recording artists,’ according to the RIAA website.

RIAA certifies singles and albums. For the digital single award, the certifications are: Gold – 500,000 units; Platinum – 1,000,000 Units; Multi-Platinum – 2,000,000 units (increments of 1,000,000 thereafter); and Diamond – 10,000,000 Units (increments of 1,000,000 thereafter).

A unit is defined as ‘each permanent digital download’ or ‘150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.’

In July, RIAA certified 128 song awards and 25 album awards, according to a report published by the association.

BTS earlier got a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for their album Love Yourself: Tear, which sold 100,000 copies in the country.

On the latest Billboard charts, BTS earned their 57th consecutive first place finish on the Social 50 chart, eclipsing the record set by Justin Bieber, who had 56 straight No. 1s on the chart.

Love Yourself: Tear also placed 77th on Billboard 200, its 12th consecutive week on the chart since May.

The album ranked No. 1 on the World Album, No. 3 on Independent Albums, No. 20 on Top Album Sales and No. 65 on Billboard Canadian Albums.

BTS will be coming back with the new album Love Yourself: Answer, which will be released on 24 August.



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Sequel to hit zombie film Train to Busan confirmed by director

Train to Busan

Good news, horror fans! (Picture: KOFIC)

The box office hit Korean zombie movie Train to Busan will have a sequel, its director has confirmed.

Train to Busan was released in July 2016 in South Korea, starring Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok and Jung Yu-mi.

The story focused on a viral outbreak in South Korea where people became zombies. The passengers on a KTX train going from Seoul to Busan find ways to survive the zombie attack.

It became an instant hit and sold 11.56 million tickets and grossed $82.39 million (about £64.55 million) during its run, according to the Korean Film Council (KOFIC). 

Train to Busan emerged as the most watched film in Korea in 2016 and the only movie that year to breach the 10-million ticket mark. To date, it is the 11th best-selling film of all time in Korea.

Director Yeon Sang Ho confirmed that filming for the sequel titled Peninsula will begin in the first half of 2019.

‘It’s still in an early stage, so there’s nothing decided yet. There’s just an early version of the scenario, and the working title is Peninsula,’ he said.

He clarified, though, that Gong Yoo and other stars in the original Train to Busan will not be appearing in the sequel and the setting will be a city and not a train.

After Train to Busan, Yeon Sang Ho directed the supernatural film Psychokinesis, which was released last January.

However, it bombed at the Korean box office, selling 990,111 tickets and grossing $6.62 million during its run.



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