K-pop superstars BTS have joined the lineup for ‘Music On A Mission’, an upcoming virtual concert and fundraiser by the Grammys’ MusiCares Foundation.
The Recording Academy announced yesterday, March 1,that the South Korean stars will feature a never-before-seen set at the upcoming charity event, which will “honour the resilience of the music community, which has been deeply impacted by the COVID-19”.
The star-studded lineup will also feature performances by Haim, H.E.R., Jhene Aiko and John Legend. ‘Music On A Mission’ will also include archival performances from the MusiCares vault by Usher, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Nicks and the late Tom Petty.
Earlier this month, the Recording Academy also revealed that The Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will make special appearances at ‘Music On A Mission’. Carole King, Jesse & Joy, Jonas Brothers, Ledisi, Lionel Richie, Macklemore, Mick Fleetwood and Shakira are also set to appear.
BTS recently made their debut on MTV Unplugged with a cover of Coldplay’s “Fix You”, alongside cuts from their latest album Be. The British rock band later praised the boyband’s “beautiful” cover of the song.
The K-pop superstars also topped Twitter’s list of most popular artists in 2020, for the fourth year in a row. The group beat out the likes of Kanye West, Beyoncé and Drake for the most mentions on the social media platform in 2020.
It’s no surprise that BTS also dominated the more specific K-pop lists on Twitter, ranking as the number one most mentioned K-pop artist in the world for 2020. BTS’ hit song “Dynamite” was also the most-mentioned K-pop song on the social media platform.
Twitter looked at data from things like mentions of band members, band names and popular fan hashtags used over the course of the calendar year in 2020. The platform also revealed that there were a record 6.7 billion tweets about the musical genre in 2020, marking a 10 per cent increase from 2019, coming from a diverse range of markets, highlighting “the increasingly global nature of the K-pop community”.
Indonesia and Thailand topped the list of the countries with the most K-pop activity on Twitter, followed by South Korea, the Phillipines and the US. The social media giant also noticed a surge of interest from countries like Brazil, Spain, Turkey, France, and Saudi Arabia.
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