BTS were part of TV history this week, seeing that they became the first Korean act to perform on MTV Unplugged, the storied home of some of the best, stripped-down performances of the Millennial age.
The septet broke out some never-before-heard versions of their hits, debuted songs from their new album BE, and even covered Coldplay. “It’s really an honor to be a part of the MTV Unplugged legacy, where so many legends have performed,” leader RM said at the opening. “We’re definitely thankful, honored we got to be a part of this.”
The special, which jumped from performances on changing sets to intimate conversations within the group, kicked off with their first-ever televised performance of “Telepathy,” the lead single from BE. Furthermore, the group moved over to a concrete garden stage to perform the emotional ballad “Blue & Grey.” Finally, they ended with a rousing rendition of their #1 hit “Dynamite.”
Most notably, as a surprise, BTS also played a special cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You,”explaining that the song gave the group comfort during a difficult year, which they hope fans will also feel while listening. Listen to the fresh take here.
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