OK, people, we were going to obviously get to BTS. How could we not? Their harmonies are absolutely infectious.
You will notice over the next couple of weeks that we are talking in a lot of superlatives - biggest, best, first. We are also using words like "influenced by" or "a throwback to". And, a lot of those do apply here. This is the band's first all-English language song, and it is both their first #1 hit in the US and the first #1 hit by any all-South Korean group. It earned the band their first Grammy nomination.
But this song isn't influencED. It is influenTIAL. It is a fresh, modern pop hit. The country of origin doesn't matter. Other artists are now looking to South Korea for influence. This song is a great example of that.
I mentioned the Grammys. BTS performed this song at the 2021 Grammy Awards broadcast... and gave a hell of a performance.