Posted by : TeamNH
“We’ll Be Back With Great Music And Even Greater Performances That You Can Look Forward To.”- BTS
BTS once again gave us a Dynamite performance of the song that won them a Grammy Nominee. Due to the ongoing pandemic the video was pre-recorded the Rooftop of Parc 1 Tower in Yeouido, Seoul and as the boys couldn’t be there, there was a “Grammy” set up for their performance!
BTS has become one of the biggest, most sensational boy group in the world and have achieved World Domination within 7 years of debuting. They have a colossal amount of fans, ARMY, (Adorable Representative MC for Youth) who have moved with the boys throughout this journey of Blood, Sweat & Tears to finally reach the highest.
The boys dropped their smashing hit song ‘Dynamite’ on August 21, 2020, that broke numerous records just within the first 24 hours of release. Dynamite is a track from their recent album ‘BE’ but was released much ahead of the album drop. According to Forbes, the premiere of BTS’ Dynamite had a spectator count between 3 and 4 million, that gave BTS the largest YouTube premiere ever. This upbeat MV of the track, Dynamite, surpassed 20 million views in just one hour 14 minutes of it release.
ARMY set a goal of 100 million views within the first 24 hours of release for Dynamite and even achieved it! YouTube showed a count of 98.3 million views but, it was confirmed by both Big Hit Entertainment and YouTube that the MV actually hit 101.1 million views, as per the ARMYs goals, within just 24 hours. #Dynamite100MViewsIn24Hrs trended worldwide. The song also broke several iTunes and Spotify records, cementing deep history in the world of music.
The boys hit the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 becoming the very first group to rule charts of both Artist 100, Hot 100 & Billboard 200 at a time. Billboard further says that the boys have spent 13 weeks at No.1 on their charts. The boys again marked history when they got nominated for the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards for Best Pop Duo/Group for their song, ‘Dynamite’ and this was the very first Grammy nomination for a K-POP act! The Premiere Ceremony of the Grammy Awards Premiered at 12:30 AM IST . And although Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain on Me’ won the Grammy, BTS definitely won over everyone.
The performances at Grammys started at 5:30 AM on March 15 according to Indian Standard Time and BTS performed at 8:55AM (IST). 22 artists performed on this award show but BTS was the only Asian Act! Many artists have performed in this prestigious award show, but for BTS this was their debut and they stole the show.
Due to the ongoing pandemic few of the performances were pre-recorded including BTS. The other performers at the Grammy were Taylor Swift, Cardi B, Harry Styles, Bad Bunny, Harry Styles, Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile, Black Pumas, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Brittany Howard, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Maren Morris, Post Malone, and Roddy Ricch.
Ahead of the Grammys, the boys had also shared their feeling about the nomination and more in an interview with Grammy. When asked how they feel about their achievements and how many artists look up to them, Jungkook humbly answered,
“We’re overwhelmed to be called representatives of Korea. We’re just thankful for the support and attention that we’ve received, not only from our fans but our peers. We will continue to work harder to showcase even better music and performances. And it’s an incredible honor to be the first Korean pop artist to be nominated for a GRAMMY, and we hope that this is just the beginning. A win would be significant not only for us but for many who pursue diversity in music.”
The boys not winning the Grammys may come with disappointment for some fans but in order to show support and congratulate them for all the remarkable achievements they have made so far, ARMYs and fans trended hashtags worldwide. The fans trended #BTSOurGreatestPrize #WeAreProudOfYou,#LightItUpBTS and various other hashtag to show that the Grammys does not decide anything for them. BTS also reciprocated by posting pictures and also on VLive where RM said that it is okay and they love their fans and calls them BTS’ prize. Click here to watch! and Suga said to fans, “Let’s run/work even harder this year”. We love this relationship where the artists and the fans stan each other.
Besides the personal messages to their fans through their SNS, BTS also talked about how they feel after being nominated and had a special message for their fans through an interview which was dropped on the same night as the Grammys.
BTS also shared personal messages to all the fans and posted their pictures and also their reaction to the award ceremony.
that moment 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/z6DquLPnYN— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 15, 2021
The Boys may not have won a Grammy this time but with all the achievements that they have made and continue to make and all the controversies about non inclusion and lack of Diversity in Grammy and the declining popularity of the award show along with various artists like Zayn Malik, The Weekend etc calling out the Grammy particularly for the lack of transparency in the nomination process, as well as accusations of racism and racial bias, do BTS really need the Grammy? We don’t think so but if BTS wants, we are sure they will get it soon but in the meanwhile quoting the wise words of BTS leader RM,
“….So please don’t forget that, whether we get the Grammys or not, we already got what we wanted, and we got you, so that means we got everything.”
BTS, you have done so well and we are all so proud of you all!
April 12th, 2021
Namaste Hallyu is super excited to share our interview with our Artist of The Month – Singer and Songwriter Dvwn!
If you’re a fan of versatile Korean music, you might have definitely heard his song, ‘Being Left’ with Zico or ‘Fairy’ or even ‘Last’ and if you’re a KDrama fan, you must have heard him when listening to the OST ‘No Problem’ from the drama, ‘The Uncanny Counter’ or you might have seen Park Shin Hye featured in his latest music video, ‘Free Flight’.
Soundcloud has been a big platform for various artists around the world, both popular and rising and this platform holds the stories of many world famous artists who initially started there including Dvwn’s musical journey. He gathered a lot of attention on Soundcloud and is known for his soothing melodies that are self-written and composed and this caught the attention of one of the biggest South Korean rapper, Zico. Dvwn is now signed with Zico’s KOZ Entertainment, a subsidiary of HYBE Corporation (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment).
Dvwn has not only made music for his fans but he has also worked with various artists. Dvwn has worked with EXO’s Lay Zhang and Chanyeol, separately for ‘Mapo Tofu’ and ‘SSFW’. He further participated in SHINee’s ‘Heart Attack’ from their recent album, ‘Love Yourself’ by Eric Nam, Babylon’s ‘Karma’, and had also featured in Kang Daniel’s track ‘Movie’. Dvwn has also received IU’s appreciation for his cover songs.
What we love the most about Dvwn is how he effortlessly shifts genre and makes it his own. Dvwn cannot be classified as one genre of artist and that is why, it is best to understand his style of music by listening to his music because he creates a genre of his own. But if we have to categorise him, then it would be ‘Versatile’. Ahead of his EP ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ releasing on the 14th of April, we got to speak with Dvwn. Read on to know about his musical journey, his inspirations, the upcoming EP and more, including a special message for his Indian fans.
Namaste Hallyu (NH): First of all, congratulations! You came back with a new single ‘Free Flight’ and it has been well received. What does the song ‘ Free Flight’ mean to you ? You have also mentioned that it was written and recorded two-three years ago, is ‘Free Flight’ in any way different from your album series ‘Dawn Defibrillation’- lyrically and musically?
Dvwn: Thank you very much! I tried to express a journey of flying into one’s dream to tell things that I wouldn’t be able to tell in reality, and then flying back to reality with clearer conscience with ‘Free Flight’. A friend of mine who is a producer wrote the song as an instrumental track, which we rearranged to complete it as it is now. This song was supposed to be one of the tracks in ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ and you will find many similarities but on the other hand, the topic of the lyrics and the genre form are quite different. ‘Free Flight’ is a song where I tell a story in a more calm manner.
NH: You have been giving us so many amazing songs. What is your process when you’re writing a song? Any musical artist/art in general that has a major influence on your style?
Dvwn: The music writing process differs for each song. I sometimes stumble across a word in my daily life and start from that word and sometimes I get inspired by a book. Most of the time, I start by just sitting down in a chair. The artists that influences me the most, changes all the time and recently, I’ve been most inspired by films directed by Yorgos Lanthimos.
NH: It has been two years since you released your first self-produced album, ‘Panorama’ and ‘Fairy’ still remains as your most streamed song from that album and since then, it has been a journey of so many amazing songs. Which is your favorite work so far?
Dvwn: My favorite work changes all the time. I always find myself liking the most recently written song the most and I believe that many artists would relate to that. Of all the released songs, I like ‘Free flight’ the most. It must be because I prefer calmer music nowadays.
NH: You mentioned in a previous interview about how The Black Skirts is one of your favorite musician, have you ever thought of a possible collaboration and how do you think it will turn out?
Dvwn: I do like The Black Skirts very much but a collaboration is a very difficult process. I feel that it would be better to keep my favorite artist as the favorite artist and nothing more but if I were to collaborate with him, I think the song will turn out to be a very rocking one.
NH: You have never been bounded by a single genre and in the past, you had mentioned that you would like to try ‘Gospel’ music, is that still the same or is there any particular genre that you want to try?
Dvwn: Yes, I still want to try Gospel music someday, as the majestic feel of the genre can’t be replaced by any other. Other than Gospel music, I would love to try to write psychedelic or alternative rock music.
NH: ‘Dawn Defibrillation’ has continued as a series and you have also expressed that it will be finalized as an EP or LP. So can we expect it in the near future?
Dvwn: I have currently pushed the project to a later time, and am focusing on the upcoming album. As it is a series, I feel that I would need more time to think about it. It will happen when the time is right.
NH: You had shared a snippet in your Instagram Story which seemed like a demo of ‘Free Flight’ but in English. If it is the English version, we were wondering if your fans would get a chance to listen to it.
Dvwn: It’s actually not an English version, but a demo with rough melody guides. I normally sing in gibberish English when I’m writing the melodies, and it must have sounded like an English version. I would love to release an English version if the meaning of ‘Free Flight’ can be translated into English without losing its meaning.
NH: You have recently sung the OST, ‘No Problem’ for the K-Drama ‘The Uncanny Encounter’ and it has been wonderfully received. How was the experience? If we are not wrong, isn’t this your first OST? In addition, is there an OST of any Drama or Movie in particular that you like a lot?
Dvwn: Yes, it was my first time, and it was a very unique experience. I have never had anyone direct me in the recording process and so, it was awkward at first but I enjoyed the experience. I love the OST of Reply 1988, “A Little Girl” sung by Oh Hyuk.
NH: We heard that your new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will be released soon. As it’s the first record after signing with KOZ Entertainment, we are wondering what kind of story it contains. Could you give us a spoiler before it’s released?
Dvwn: I think the listeners would find the album quite heavy overall. It contains many feelings and stories and its difficult to explain in a short sentence, but I would say the main keywords are sadness and loneliness. You will know what I mean when you listen to it. To spoil it a little, the album consists of songs with many different genres. Please don’t miss out on ‘It’s not your fault’.
NH: Lastly, any message for your Indian fans and what to expect from you?
Dvwn: Thank you so much for listening to my music. I have been working hard to present good music to you. My new EP ‘It’s not your fault’ will release soon, so please look forward to it! Thank you so much again for all the love!
Dvwn has an intense passion for music and sheds light on the importance of fans being able to resonate with his music. We are very happy to have interviewed such a versatile artist who produces fervent music and we are grateful to Dvwn and KOZ Entertainment for the opportunity. We look forward to all the new music and we hope to see him perform in India, someday.
Dvwn’s new EP, ‘It’s Not Your Fault’ is releasing on April 14 featuring various artists like lIlBOI, CHE, jane, and Kwon Jin Ah. KOZ Entertainment Announces Dvwn’s Comeback
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Big Naughty (Seo Dong Hyun) from H1gher Music is a 2003 born soloist with a soothing voice perfect for the sensible rap that he is known for. His vocals does not limit him to rapping as he sings well too and recently he released his latest contemporary R & B Genre, EP “Bucket List”. In his EP, he has shown a different side of his music taste from that he is usually known for. Read on to read our review.