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BTS World Tour: Love Yourself
World tour by BTS
BTS World Tour Love Yourself logo.png
Associated albumLove Yourself: Her
Love Yourself: Tear
Love Yourself: Answer
Face Yourself
Start dateAugust 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)
End dateApril 7, 2019 (2019-04-07)[a]
Legs8
No. of shows
  • 20 in Asia
  • 15 in North America
  • 7 in Europe
  • 42 in Total
Attendance1.02 million
Box office$71.77+ million[b]
BTS concert chronology

The Love Yourself World Tour, also known as BTS World Tour: Love Yourself, is the third worldwide concert tour headlined by South Korean band BTS to promote their Love Yourself series, including their Love Yourself: Her EP, Love Yourself: Tear studio album, and Love Yourself: Answer compilation album.[2] The tour began on August 25, 2018 in South Korea and is set to visit 12 countries thus far, including Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Thailand.[3] An extension to the tour, titled BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, was added on February 9, 2019 and began in Pasadena, California on May 4, 2019.

Background

On April 26, 2018, Big Hit Entertainment released a trailer on their official YouTube channel announcing an upcoming world tour.[4] The video revealed an initial schedule of 22 concerts across 11 cities worldwide.[5][6] After the announcement, multiple hashtags trended worldwide on social media, including the tour's namesake tag— #LOVE_YOURSELF, highlighting the level of anticipation surrounding the event.[7]

Commercial reception

According to ticket resale site StubHub BTS was one of 2018's best selling concerts in the world, second to only Ed Sheeran.[8] On October 7 it was estimated that BTS sold a total of 790,000 tickets, selling out all current concerts venues and with more dates expected to be added to the tour.[9]

On August 4, Big Hit Entertainment confirmed all 90,000 tickets for the Seoul shows (August 25 and 26) were sold out after the second public sale on August 3.[10] On August 17, it was announced that only from the first two concerts at the Seoul Olympic Stadium in Seoul, BTS was projected to make USD 8.4 Million (KRW 95 Billion) in ticket revenue alone.[11] Dates for nine dome concerts in Japan were announced on July 30 across the group's social media platforms.[12] In Japan, it came in at nineteenth overall for 2018 best selling concerts.[13] In Singapore, tickets sold out in less than four hours.[14]

Tickets went on sale May 5, 2018 for the Newark, Fort Worth, and Los Angeles shows and sold out in seconds.[15][16] Due to the high demand, an additional date was added to the Los Angeles lineup, with tickets going on sale May 9, 2018.[16] Tickets for the Oakland, Chicago, and Hamilton shows went on sale May 7, 2018.[15] Tickets for the Hamilton shows sold out in just over an hour, with organizers for the Ontario stop, Core Entertainment, revealing they would have sold out faster if not for the strain put on Ticketmaster's online system due to the heavy influx of site traffic, the likes of which had not been seen for any ticketing held before.[17] All fourteen stops completely sold out.[18] A fifteenth and final stop of the North American leg, Citi Field in New York, was later announced on August 8, making BTS the first Korean artist to hold a concert at a stadium in the United States.[19] Tickets for the show sold out in under ten minutes.[20] On September 9, Variety announced that BTS, and singer Elton John, were the top touring acts of Fall 2018 in the United States. According to StubHub, BTS entered the "highest-selling act" and "best-selling shows" lists with the "highest-selling average sales per show position".[21] Yahoo Finance revealed that BTS were also the top-selling act and top-selling show artist in Canada for Fall 2018.[22]

The London, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Paris stops mark the group's first and biggest European headline shows to date.[23] Tickets went on sale June 1,[24] with the London dates selling out in two minutes, and the Berlin shows selling out in nine minutes.[25]

Critical reception

The Love Yourself received positive reviews from critics. For the first concerts in America, local media reported in Los Angeles since the moment fans started to camp outside the Staples Center days ahead the concert.[26] Philip Cosores from Uproxx described BTS' Staples Center 4 night concerts as "Enormous, multi-sensory experience" bringing an "Inclusive" and "Multicultural experience" where music is above any language barrier.[27] Tiffany Taylor from The Hollywood Reporter noted for Billboard News the "Amazing choreography" praising the solo performances and energy of the fans as highlight of the night.[28] Jim Harrington from The Mercury News referred to the Oracle Arena concert on Oakland as "the hottest concert of the year in the Bay Area" noting the solo performances as "witnessing seven individual stars, each of whom could enjoy a successful solo career."[29] For the Chicago show critic Kim Youngdae stated their strengths were the dazzling group displays, the artistry in the solo numbers, and how immersive it was.[30] Crystal Bell from MTV said about the tour, "BTS have created an experience so captivating, so inclusive, and so visually stunning that it’s cemented the boy band as one of the most vital acts in pop music today."[31] The Quietus wrote about the European tour as " The show is about a search for self-identity. After two-and-a-half hours of costume changes, pulsing beats, soaring high notes and the impossible iconic beauty of their videos, BTS walk to the front of the stage in low-key jeans and T-shirts. As they sing the last song, ‘Anpanman’, which is about a new kind of superhero, we realise that their awkwardness and sensitivity is also the source of their strength."[32]

The Denisonian rated the concert ten out of ten, stating the music, visuals, dancing, and fans is what made it a great experience.[33] Vivid Seats named BTS the 2018 artist of the year, citing the group's history-making concert at Citi Field.[34]

Accolades

The Love Yourself tour was nominated for three awards during ticket sale website Ticketmaster's year-end awards, winning two of them. The Ticket of the Year Award was awarded to BTS following a user poll by Ticketmaster, using a database of roughly 200 million people to determine the most popular touring act of 2018.[35] In addition, BTS was awarded the French ticket of the year award, which pulled from data via French Ticketmaster sales. The tour was also nominated for the "Most Anticipated Event of the Year, 2019" award, but did not receive it.[36] Love Yourself also won grand prize award at the 6th Edaily Culture Awards for Best Concert. The Seoul performances were popular among judges because, according to Kim Eun-koo of Edaily, they "created a new history [for] K-pop". The skill of the performers and popularity of the event were also cited as influences on the decision.[37]

Setlist

BTS featured three set lists for their concerts. It included the same songs except for the title medley (#12 to #16).[38]

Tour dates

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 - Asia
August 25, 2018 Seoul South Korea Seoul Olympic Stadium 90,000/90,000[39] $8,411,739[39]
August 26, 2018
Leg 2 - North America
September 5, 2018 Los Angeles United States Staples Center 180,000/180,000[40] N/A
September 6, 2018
September 8, 2018
September 9, 2018
September 12, 2018 Oakland Oracle Arena
September 15, 2018 Fort Worth Fort Worth Convention Center
September 16, 2018
September 20, 2018 Hamilton Canada FirstOntario Centre
September 22, 2018
September 23, 2018
September 28, 2018 Newark United States Prudential Center
September 29, 2018
October 2, 2018 Chicago United Center
October 3, 2018
October 6, 2018 New York City Citi Field 40,000/40,000[41]
Leg 3 - Europe
October 9, 2018 London United Kingdom The O2 Arena 31,475/32,278[42] $4,943,140[42]
October 10, 2018
October 13, 2018 Amsterdam Netherlands Ziggo Dome 13,893/13,893[43] $2,250,000[43]
October 16, 2018 Berlin Germany Mercedes-Benz Arena 30,000/30,000[44] N/A
October 17, 2018
October 19, 2018 Paris France AccorHotels Arena 28,149/28,149[43] $4,580,000[43]
October 20, 2018
Leg 4 - Asia
November 13, 2018 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome 380,000/380,000[c][45] $44,477,061[d][46]
November 14, 2018
November 21, 2018 Osaka Kyocera Dome Osaka
November 23, 2018
November 24, 2018
December 8, 2018 Taoyuan Taiwan Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium 250,000/250,000[e][47] $7,111,720[48]
December 9, 2018
January 12, 2019 Nagoya Japan Nagoya Dome [c] [d]
January 13, 2019
January 19, 2019 Singapore Singapore National Stadium [e] N/A
February 16, 2019 Fukuoka Japan Fukuoka Yahuoku! Dome [c] [d]
February 17, 2019
March 20, 2019 Hong Kong AsiaWorld–Expo [e] N/A
March 21, 2019
March 23, 2019
March 24, 2019
April 6, 2019 Bangkok Thailand Rajamangala National Stadium [e]
April 7, 2019
Total 1,015,368 / 1,016,171 (99.9%) $71,773,660+

Speak Yourself extension

BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself
extended tour by BTS
BTS World Tour Love Yourself Speak Yourself logo.png
Associated albumMap of the Soul: Persona
Start dateMay 4, 2019
End dateTBA
Legs4
No. of shows
  • 4 in Asia
  • 2 in South America
  • 6 in North America
  • 4 in Europe
  • 16 in total
Attendance606,409
Box office$78.9 million
BTS concert chronology
  • BTS World Tour: Love Yourself
    (2018-2019)
  • BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself
    (2019)

Background

BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself is an extension to the Love Yourself world tour, separated under a different name.[1] The extension began on May 4, 2019 in Pasadena, California and will feature concerts in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, including the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan.[49]

Speak Yourself was first announced on February 19, 2019 through the Big Hit Entertainment YouTube channel, where a spot for the extension was posted. The video featured clips of the BTS members performing, with the title and dates for the tour written on top of them.[50] That same day, Live Nation was revealed as the concert promoter,[51] with tickets sold through Ticketmaster.[52]

Commercial reception

In North America, tickets sold out for all initial three dates in approximately two and a half hours.[53] The Wembley Stadium stop sold out in 90 minutes and in France tickets sold out in about five and a half hours.[53] Tickets went on sale in Brazil on March 11, 2019. Despite ticket sales website having connecting issues at the time, tickets sold out in 75 minutes.[54] To accommodate demand, additional dates were added to all American, European, and Brazilian dates.[55][56] The additional European dates sold out the same day they were listed.[57] According to pop music website PopCrush, the extension had higher first-day sales in the United States and Europe than the Rolling Stones' 2019 tour, which went on sale the same day.[56] BTS were also the first Asian act to sell out the Rose Bowl.[58]

The first 12 shows of the tour extension grossed $78.9 million with 606,409 tickets sold.[59] BTS performed to sold out crowds of 88,156 in Soldier Field and 98,574 in MetLife Stadium over two nights each, grossing $13,345,795 and $14,050,410 respectively and ranking them among the top five-grossing engagements for the two stadiums.[60] Their two shows at the Rose Bowl earned $16.6 million, making it the single highest-grossing engagement in the venue’s Boxscore history, out-pacing previous high marks by Taylor Swift and U2, as well as co-headlining stints by Beyoncé & Jay-Z and Eminem & Rihanna.[59]

Currently, the extension tour gathered approximately half the amount of fans that attended the original world tour. The extension also only has 16 shows compared to the original 42. However, despite these numbers, the extension generated a box office of nearly $78.9 million (and counting), which is a $8 million increase from their original world tour. Due to the extremely high demand and hefty prices, the extension was able to generate a much larger box office, with less shows and less attendees.

Setlist

BTS featured this list for their concert extension.[61]

  1. "Dionysus"
  2. "Not Today"
  3. "Outro: Wings"
  4. "Trivia: Just Dance"
  5. "Euphoria"
  6. "Best of Me"
  7. "Serendipity"
  8. "Trivia: Love"
  9. "Boy With Luv"
  10. "Dope"
  11. "Silver Spoon"
  12. "Fire"
  13. "Idol"
  14. "Singularity"
  15. "Fake Love" (Rocking Vibe Remix)
  16. "Trivia: Seesaw"
  17. "Epiphany"
  18. "The Truth Untold"
  19. "Outro: Tear"
  20. "Mic Drop"
Encore
  1. "Anpanman"
  2. "So What"
  3. "Make it Right"
  4. "Mikrokosmos"

Extension dates

Date City Country Venue Attendance Revenue
Leg 1 - North America
May 4, 2019 Pasadena United States Rose Bowl 113,040[59] $16,600,000[59]
May 5, 2019
May 11, 2019 Chicago Soldier Field 88,156/88,156[60] $13,345,795[60]
May 12, 2019
May 18, 2019 East Rutherford MetLife Stadium 98,574/98,574[60] $14,050,410[60]
May 19, 2019
Leg 2 - South America
May 25, 2019 São Paulo Brazil Allianz Parque 306,639[f][59] $35,000,000[f][59]
May 26, 2019
Leg 3 - Europe
June 1, 2019 London United Kingdom Wembley Stadium [f] [f]
June 2, 2019
June 7, 2019 Saint-Denis France Stade de France [f] [f]
June 8, 2019
Leg 4 - Asia
July 6, 2019 Osaka Japan Yanmar Stadium Nagai TBA TBA
July 7, 2019
July 13, 2019 Shizuoka Shizuoka Stadium
July 14, 2019
Total 606,409[59] $78,900,000[59]

Notes

  1. ^ The "Love Yourself" section of the tour ended on April 7, 2019, however a separately named extension, called BTS World Tour Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, was eventually added.[1]
  2. ^ The total is only an accumulation of the 18 dates with publicly available box office data and does not reflect the total gross of the tour.
  3. ^ a b c The score data is combined from the shows held in Japan from November 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, January 12, 13, February 16, & 17 respectively.
  4. ^ a b c Sales are combined from the shows held in Japan from November 13, 14, 21, 23, 24, January 12, 13, February 16, & 17 respectively.
  5. ^ a b c d The score data is combined from the shows held in Asia from December 8, 9, January 19, March 20, 21, 23, 24, April 6, & 7 respectively.
  6. ^ a b c d e f The score data is combined from the shows held in Brazil on May 25, 26, United Kingdom on June 1, 2, and France on 7, 8.

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