Tea & Tears: Pop Culture Review

Written by Myla Baouna and Adrian Gonzalez

BTS News/AMAs Performance

In South Korea, the music industry is growing rapidly. One group of seven in particular has broken out of East Asia (where Korean pop, or K-Pop, is very well known) and expanded their reach to people all over the world. This group, BTS, is a part of the Korean entertainment company Big Hit Entertainment. The seven boys who make up the vocal group have put the their fans from all over the globe in a trance.

Previously this year, BTS won a Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist, making them the first Korean act to win a Billboard Music Award. Their success in America did not end there for their most recent album Love Yourself: Her, released September 18, reached number one on the iTunes charts in 73 countries (including the United States) and debuted on the Billboard Hot 200 at number seven. This made BTS’ album the highest charting K-Pop album of all time and the highest selling K-Pop album to date.

After the intense success of their album here in the States, BTS began their American invasion starting on November 14 when they arrived at LAX. It was revealed that night they would be recording a performance for The Late Late Show with James Corden and headed to Jimmy Kimmel Live! the following Wednesday to make a quick appearance. It was announced that their performance on the show would air on November 29. Just days after, BTS was set to perform at the American Music Awards. With all of these appearances announced in a fairly short span of time before they aired, BTS fans, known as ARMY, bought tickets immediately. It is said that after they were announced to be performing at the AMAs, three to four thousand tickets were sold. It is safe to infer that those ticket buyers were the dedicated ARMY.

BTS performed their single DNA at the AMAs. They were introduced by The Chainsmokers, a duo that the septet collaborated with on their most recent album. The audience was alive with the ARMY singing along and with Ansel Elgort looking especially excited. BTS received a standing ovation at the end of their performance. The AMAs has hopefully marked a turning point in American entertainment as Korean music continues to gain traction in the States. Along with this, let’s hope BTS releases United States tour dates soon.

BTS will also appear on Ellen on November 27 and will be releasing a remix of their song MIC Drop with DJ Steve Aoki and rapper Desiigner.

Music News

Taylor Swift’s newest album Reputation has been a hit and is already 2017’s bestselling album. Swift released two songs prior to the album Look What You Made Me do and …Ready For It?, which were massively successful. Just four days after the album’s release date (November 10-13), it became the highest selling album of the year. Quickly relinquishing the title from Ed Sheeran’s latest album, Divide. In its first week, Reputation sold over one million copies.

Movie News

Long-awaited superhero movie Justice League was released on November 16 and only managed to bring in $39 million on opening day in the United States. During its first weekend, Justice League was predicted to make about $95 million, a disappointing estimate compared to the $110-115 million previously predicted.