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Eamonn Burke illustrates an article for 360 MAGAZINE.

BTS Lands First Billboard No.1 with Dynamite

By: Elle Grant

K-Pop titans, BTS, have achieved a new milestone with their summer hit “Dynamite.” Released August 21st, the South Korean group’s first single entirely in English debuted in the number one slot of the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart. The group’s previously highest charting hit was “ON” which debuted at No. 4 this past March. It is the first song in 57 years to earn an Asian act the #1 spot, and their first time in history an Asian act has debuted at #1.

“Dynamite” continues to rack in accomplishments, having already racked in the biggest digital sales week in the music industry since 2017 and having smashed YouTube’s record of views on a music video in 24 hours with a cool 101.1 million. The hit is a retro inspired, upbeat pop hit, featuring seventies inspired décor and style in its music video.

BTS is comprised of seven members: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook and debuted seven years ago in their home country of South Korea. Though the group already boasts four number one albums on the Billboard 200 chart, their humble beginnings and time as an underdog in their own country has made this accomplishment that much sweeter to their group and their unflinchingly loyal fanbase, called ARMY. The members admitted the accomplishment brought tears to their eyes, especially when thinking back on their long road to the top.

Though, “Dynamite” is a song in English, the group has repeatedly emphasized that they will continue to focus their music in the Korean language for as long as they are active. The group is credited with helping to popularize K-Pop in the West, paving the way for other enormously popular groups such as Blackpink, NCT, Super M, Stray Kids, and ATEEZ. K-Pop, alongside Spanish music, has been credited with diversifying the American focused music charts. While BTS has undoubtedly faced their share of xenophobia, the success of BTS and “Dynamite” reflect the increasing inclusivity of the music industry.

The group is hot off their performance of their single on Sunday’s VMAs where they claimed three prizes. BTS is currently working on their eighth album, to be released before the end of 2020.

Stray Kids, The First Take, 360 Magazine

The First Take × Stray Kids

“The First Take,” an original series from The First Take YouTube channel dedicated to filming performances by musicians and singers in a single take, has made a special comeback to present a performance by the popular K-pop group Stray Kids for their 43rd episode. 

Stray Kids, who made their Japanese debut this year, filmed and recorded this episode remotely in Korea, a very first for The First Take. The song performed by Stray Kids, “SLUMP – Japanese ver. – ,” is the ending theme to the animated television series Kami No Tou – Tower Of God. It touches upon the theme of trials and tribulations, inspired by vocalist Han’s personal experiences. 

Bang Chan of Stray Kids commented “We’re very honored to have been selected to perform on the comeback special. I was initially a little nervous when I heard we were to be filmed singing live in one take from start to finish but I really started to enjoy myself as I got into the song. I feel as though this new experience has helped us take another positive step forward. It’s also made us want to work harder than ever at our art and we hope to show our strengths to a great number of people in the future to come. We hope our live performance video on The First Take will give people encouragement and the motivation to uplift themselves.”

360 Magazine reached out to The First Take’s team to learn more about the channel.

In a nutshell, what is The First Take about?

A YouTube channel that began in November 2019. With the concept, “What is ‘Music’? — approaching music with just one take,” the artists record their songs in one take, with high-quality sound and image. Right now, due to the COVID-19 situation, the artists are recording at home and private studios under the title  “The Home Take.” Even in a limited environment, the quality of the contents is maintained.

What inspired the creation of The First Take?

It took a long time for us to decide what kind of image we wanted, the direction that we have now. But along the line, we came across the idea of “having pressure like a fashion show.” This became our keywords. In a really simple setting, not only the performance but from the appearance to some talk after the show… We thought this was really cool. We knew from there that the setting had to be all white, being extremely minimal.

What kind of artists do you hope to have on The First Take?

A professional, who could do one-take performance in high-quality sound and visual. This is the key to differentiate us from all other YouTube channels.

Who do you hope to have on the show in the future?

We know that 30% of our viewers are from overseas, so we are hoping to book more diverse and international artists to appear on our channel. We hope to develop more globally in the coming days.

How can fans access the show?

We wanted to create content that cannot be done on terrestrial channels; music and visual contents that are unique to YouTube. There are various platforms on the web, but YouTube is really active at this moment. Hereon, streaming music will be the mainstream of music business. We wanted to create a YouTube channel that can reach out directly to the audience, where we can introduce great songs and artists, in a way that’s different from a TV music program.

When we recorded “Neko” by Takumi Kitamura of the DISH//, we had this feeling that it was going to work. In fact, we had a lot of great responses, and even though the song was released back in 2018, the TFT version was soon distributed online (from April). I think this is a little bit like how ‘MTV Unplugged’ worked. TFT takes time to create precise planning for the recording with the artist team. As a result, many artists decided to do a specially arranged performance for TFT. Thus the recorded music will have a new value; the video is a documentary of the recording… and the music fans love it. We were unsure about this recording style for a long time, but we can say that we were successful because we decided to do a precise and proper recording.

Since then we started to release digitally in music.

What can fans expect from The First Take?

We try not to give any specific direction. We just tell the artist to “perform like a show.” When the shooting starts, all the staff leave, and it’s just the artist in the white studio. No rules; it’s a completely free one-shot take, so naturally, there’s quite a tension.

For the recording, all we say is “please perform as usual,” and we also don’t tell them what to say to the camera. We ask them to say whatever they feel, in their own words, so some people get really nervous.

It’s not good to say this, but I feel really lucky when something happens like the artist misses the lyrics (laugh). Because it’s a result of doing it with the soul. The artist puts in all of his/her energy and heart, to give the best performance. The pressure takes the artist beyond the limit and even during the song and after the performance, the artist, the staff, everyone there is always moved by it.

We try to keep that special feel of a live performance, even though it’s a recording.

By building such experiences, we can vividly define the overwhelming power of expression that an artist has. We want the viewers to feel, not think, when they are hearing this music. That way, we think they can sense music in higher resolution. We want our viewers to get goosebumps as they watch our YouTube channel.

Watch Stray Kids’ exclusive performance for The First Take here.

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