BTS Breaks YouTube Record, and It’s Pretty Impressive

Remember when the big story of the world was that the music video for Justin Bieber’s “Baby feat. Ludacris” garnered, like, nine-trillion views?

I mean, this was before the Biebs got arrested for driving too fast, dumped Selena Gomez, and got married to Hailey Baldwin. This was before Ludacris fell completely into oblivion, except for his appearances in the never-ending “Fast and Furious” installments and, of course, when someone with the AUX drops Usher’s iconic “Yeah!”

It was before the pandemic, and it was before K-Pop literally took over the world.

“Baby” the music video was the most-viewed on YouTube from July 12, 2010, to November 24, 2012, when it was surpassed by the music video for “Gangnam Style” by Psy.

No one could have predicted any of this.

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BTS breaks YouTube record in stunning fashion

BTS, the world’s most popular K-pop group, released their music video for their song “Dynamite” last Friday. In 24 hours, the video received 101.1 million views.

BTS didn’t just break a record, they smashed it. And who held the title before? K-pop group Blackpink. Their video for their song “How You Like That” racked up 86.3 million views in the first day.

BTS is made up of five young men: Kim Tae-hyung (V), Jung Ho-seok (J-Hope), Kim Nam-joon (RM), Kim Seok-jin (Jin), Park Ji-min, Jeon Jung-kook, and Min Yoon-gi (Suga). They made their debut in 2013, and are now pretty much on their way to ruling the world through genre-fusing beats and intimidatingly sharp dance skills.

‘Dynamite’

As of Monday afternoon, the three-minute, forty-three-second video had garnered 184,596,277 views on YouTube. It features solo dances in bedrooms, in front of ice cream trucks, and in the middle of basketball courts.

Expect a heavy dose of fun colors, eighties-inspired dance moves, seductive glances at the camera, and bowl cuts. Oh, and a whole lot of removing and putting on sunglasses.

Want to sing along? With this song, you can! This is the first single from this Korean pop sensation that is completely in English. Here’s my favorite verse:

Shoes on, get up in the morn’
Cup of milk, let’s rock and roll
King Kong, kick the drum
Rolling on like a Rolling Stone
Sing song when I’m walking home
Jump up to the top, LeBron
Ding-dong, call me on my phone
Ice tea and a game of ping pong

The full album is expected to drop later this year, but there is no date yet. BTS doesn’t seem to know how to slow down – the group released their fourth studio album, “Map of the Soul: 7” in February.

Dynamite is also planned to be performed live for the first time during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30.