Published : Monday, April 15, 2019 | 5:08 AM
Global Korean pop sensation BTS, scheduled to kick off the latest leg of their “Love Yourself, Speak Yourself” World Tour on May 4 at the Rose Bowl, made history Saturday as the first K-Pop act ever to perform on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, performing “Boy With Luv” and “Mic Drop.”
The only Korean pop band to present at the Grammys, BTS is well on its way to a very successful crossover to the United States.
“Boy with Luv” comes from the boy band’s just-released mini-album Map of the Soul: Persona; “Mic Drop” was a 2017 hit.
American singer Halsey didn’t join the group during the SNL performance, but will reportedly reunite with BTS to perform the song when they appear at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards on May 1 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
BTS released the single Friday. That same day, Spotify announced that BTS became the first Asian act to surpass five billion streams on the platform. On Saturday, “Boy With Luv” became the most-viewed online video within the first 24 hours, peaking No. 1 on YouTube, and No. 2 overall.
Emma Stone hosted the SNL episode, taped live in New York City, and kicked off the show by asking the audience to test the sound by screaming for BTS.
After the Rose Bowl “Love Yourself, Speak Yourself” kickoff on May 4, BTS will stage two shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field on May 11 and 12, and East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium May 18 and 19, before traveling briefly to Brazil, England, France and Japan.