Seoul: A concert streamed by K-pop giant BTS on Sunday became the world’s biggest paid online music event (Bang Bang Con) in terms of number of viewer. According to Big Hit, the event attracted a peak concurrent audience 756,000 viewers from a total of 107 regions. The “on-contact” show drew the largest global audience ever for a paid virtual concert.
Based on the cost of one ticket, which costs about 30,000 KRW, netizens roughly calculated the total amount of earnings. With 750,000 viewers alone, the sum amounts up to about 22.5 billion KRW (~18.7 million USD).
For 100 minutes, the Korean septet made viewers forget that many of them had to set alarm clocks for 5 a.m. ET/ 2 a.m. PT to watch the live stream — presented by BTS’ management company Big Hit Entertainment with a cloud-based remote production studio Kiswe Mobile — from Seoul, South Korea.
That kind of intimacy translated well during this streamed event. RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook eased their way through a 14-song setlist that paid homage to their seven years together as a group.
Their setlist encompassed music from their earliest recordings (2014’s rap ballad “Just One Day”) to selections from their current hit album, “Map of the Soul: 7.”