The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

View this profile on Instagram

The Torch (@sju_torch) • Instagram photos and videos

Photo Courtesy / YouTube Jojo Siwa
Jojo Siwa’s Bad Karma
Catherine Pascal, Staff Writer • May 3, 2024
Torch Photo / Anya Geiling
Live Show Spotlight: Roger Eno
Anya Geiling, Contributing Writer • April 30, 2024
Torch Photo / Olivia Rainson
Speed Dating Your Prospective Professors
Isabella Acierno, Outreach Manager • April 29, 2024

BTS Smashes YouTube Record With New Single, “Dynamite”

It has been about six months since South Korean boy band BTS dropped their fourth album, and ARMY (“Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth” a.k.a BTS fans) has been restlessly awaiting their latest disco-pop track ever since. I, on the other hand, had not the slightest clue of this much-awaited single. It was about 12:20 a.m. when a colorful thumbnail caught my eye on YouTube on a Friday night. It read “BTS (방탄소년단) ‘Dynamite’ Official MV –– Premiered 20 minutes ago.” I clicked on the thumbnail before I could change my mind and my cursor automatically went to the subtitle button because I expected to hear Korean. To my surprise, I understood every word of the song –– it was in English. 

BTS dropped their latest single, “Dynamite,” at midnight on Aug. 21. It is their first release that features lyrics in the English language and it has broken numerous YouTube records for the most views in the fastest amount of time. In just the first 20 minutes, the video hit 10 million views! After that, BTS broke the record for every 10-million-view milestone, up to 50 million views. 

“Dynamite” reaches 10 million views within the first 30 minutes of its release. Photo Courtesy/ Youtube Big Hit Labels

Although I am not a devout ARMY member (I’m an AROHA, fandom name for the K-pop group, ASTRO), I have my BTS favorites and “Dynamite” is on that list! This song’s energetic beat and catchy tune will be stuck in my head for days. In the chorus they sing, “Shining through the city with a little funk and soul/ So I’ma light it up like dynamite.” It encourages you to walk with confidence and bring all your energy along with you. The song overall has a positive and uplifting spirit from the lyrics to the infectious beat down to the vibrant colors and outfits.

The music video is brimming with groovy disco dance moves, throwback retro outfits and gripping beats that make you want to dance along with the band. The pastel color palette toward the end of the video was stunning. There is a rainbow explosion of color in the background as they dance to the chorus and it makes me smile every time I see it. 

In an interview with USA TODAY, BTS explains that the underlying message of this song is a simple and hopeful one. “We’ve been through all the sadness and desperation but with this song and performance we just hope the world gets more positive and be happy,” RM, one of the seven members of this K-pop idol group, said.  

With such a successful English-language track, BTS will hopefully decide to release an entire English album in the near future. But until then, watch “Dynamite” here and enjoy this hip-swaying tune!

 

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Torch
$0
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of St. John's University. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
About the Contributor
Priyanka Gera
Priyanka Gera, Managing Editor
Priyanka is a senior Spanish and Environmental Science double major on the pre-medical track. She has been a part of the Torch since her freshman year and has held several positions starting as a Staff Writer, then Assistant Culture Editor, Culture Editor and Digital Editor last year. As a part of the 99th E-Board, her goal is to strengthen the Torch’s online presence and grow the newspaper’s staff and contributors. She hopes to continue writing interesting and important stories for the St. John’s community. A Harry Potter fan, Priyanka is a Slytherin and loves the fourth novel in the series, “Goblet of Fire.” You can reach Priyanka at [email protected].
Donate to The Torch
$0
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

We love comments and feedback, but we ask that you please be respectful in your responses.
All The Torch Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *