KEY POINTS

  • BTS performed its hit song, "Butter," at the World Cup Bridge
  • The band appeared at "The Tonight Show" for two consecutive nights 
  • RM confirmed that they initially thought of naming their fans, "BELL," but instead, they later agreed to call them "ARMY"

BTS thrilled its fans when the boy band performed for two consecutive nights on “The Tonight Show” on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On July 13, the septet performed its latest offering, “Permission to dance” in what seemed like a performance hall at an empty mall. Decorated by dark blue, white, and purple display balloons, BTS members handed each other pale purple balloons before they sang and danced to their latest hit composed by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.

The following night, the South Korean superstars appeared on the show for the second time and performed “Butter,” that is leading Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for seven weeks now.

The singers captivated their global fans with their vocal and dance abilities but it appears that the audience was equally awed by the location of the performance, the World Cup Bridge, which is set to be open to the public on August 21, Koreaboo reported. 

The video opens with Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook sitting comfortably on their pink sofa chairs and suddenly erupting into coordinated dance movements in their all-black or all-white outfits.

Following their Wednesday performance, the pop stars obliged for an interview with Fallon.

The show host asked the group, “ Is it true that instead of calling your fans ARMY, you were originally going to call them BELL?"

RM replied, "It's kinda true. When you say BTS it stands for ‘Bangtan’ in Korean not behind the scenes, I mean for your information. When you say bell in Korean, it sounds like Bang so it starts with the same word bang... Thank God... ARMY is so much better."

Fallon asked the next question to Jimin, “When you guys were deciding on stage names, is it true that you almost decided to go with Baby J? What else was in the running?”

“So, I had both Baby J and Baby G as an option but when I thought about saying 'Hi, I'm baby J' that sounded really weird so I just decided to go on with my real name," Jimin replied.

Fallon told Jimin in jest to try going for “Jimin Fallon” next time, to which Jimin replied, “So starting next time, I am going to perform as Jimin Fallon.”

Meanwhile, a South Korean senior military official recently defended the group’s postponement of their military enlistment, saying that it is “for the country’s national interest,” Koreaboo reported.

Jung Seok Hwan, head of the Military Manpower Administration spoke about the issue to “minimize the controversy over preferential treatment.”

An amendment to South Korea’s Military Service Act allows K-pop idols to receive cultural merits from the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism in order to defer military service. Usually, musicians with over 15 years in the industry can avail of this privilege.

BTS received the Order of Cultural Merit in 2018, just five years since their debut after the government recognized their impact in promoting Korean culture to the world.

BTS South Korean K-pop boy band BTS members (L to R) V, Jin, Jung Kook, RM, Jimin and J-Hope pose for a photo session during a press conference on BTS new album 'BE (Deluxe Edition)' in Seoul on November 20, 2020. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP via Getty Images