By the boram park
SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) – The four concerts of the K-pop super band BTS in Japan this month attracted a total of 210,000 fans, which makes the Japanese part of the band's world tour a success solid despite the worsening diplomatic and commercial ranks between South Korea. and japanese
On Saturday and Sunday, the Korean septet rocked the 50,000-seat Shizuoka ECOPA stadium in Japan's second city on its world tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself."
This was in addition to the band's concerts at the 47,000-seat Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka last weekend, the first stop on the Japanese stage of the tour.
The concerts entertained 210,000 spectators in total, said the band's management agency Big Hit Entertainment.
This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows BTS at one of their concerts at the Yanmar Stadium in Osaka in Nagai on July 6 and 7, 2019.
"Love Yourself: Talk Yourself" began in May at the Pasadena Rose Bowl in the United States before reaching Brazil, England and France.
The Japanese leg came with a special list; presented the first presentation on stage of the Japanese version of the band's latest world hit song, "Boy With Luv".
It was one of the three songs of "Lights / Boy With Luv", Japanese single of BTS released on July 3.
The record became Oricon's only weekly topper for the week of July 1 to 7, having obtained 637,000 points, the highest score in the first week for any foreign artist in Japan.
The Sunday Shizuoka concert was also screened live at 277 Japanese movie theaters, according to Big Hit.
The Japanese expedition by BTS was little affected by the worsening of the diplomatic and commercial ranks between Seoul and Tokyo. By protesting Seoul's court rulings ordering Japanese companies to compensate Korean victims of forced labor in times of war, Japan introduced measures to restrict exports of essential semiconductor materials and show production to South Korea early in July. It is predicted that Japan will adopt new export restrictions, which will aggravate the trade dispute with South Korea at the World Trade Organization.
Bilateral trade and diplomatic ranks have begun to show signs of infiltration of public sentiment in neighboring countries, with some South Korean consumers starting to boycott Japanese goods and services.
This photo, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows BTS during its performances at the ECOPA stadium in Shizuoka on July 13 and 14, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
Even with this backdrop, the Japanese stadiums of the last BTS concerts were filled to the brim and fans there enthusiastically enjoyed live performances that included a mix of exclusive BTS songs like "Fire", "Not Today" and "Dionysus".
Big Hit said.
"We thank ARMY (the Japanese) who has supported us from our debut album to the single we recently released," Big Hit told BTS after the Japanese tour. ARMY is the name of the BTS fandom.
"The time we spend with ARMY is the best time for us, we are happy because you enjoyed the performance with us."
Backed by the success of the Japanese tour, BTS announced on Sunday that it will add a new stage in Saudi Arabia to the "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" tour.
The performance at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, scheduled for October 11, makes BTS the first non-Saudi artist to organize a concert for a single stadium in the Arab country. Other foreign acts have been presented at festivals in the kingdom.
This panoramic view, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows the Yanmar Stadium Nagai of Osaka during the BTS performances there on July 6 and 7, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)
This panoramic view, provided by Big Hit Entertainment, shows the ECOPA stadium in Shizuoka during the BTS performances there on July 13 and 14, 2019. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)