BTS breaks records with all-English single ‘Dynamite’

It hasn’t felt like much of a summer, but BTS is determined to give us the song of the summer anyway.

The K-Pop boy band and international sensation dropped its newest song and music video, ‘Dynamite’, on Thursday at midnight, and fans ate it up: The video smashed YouTube’s premiere record with at least 3 million concurrent viewers.

As the South Korean group’s first song sung entirely in English, the track is soaked in colour and nostalgia. It fuses the novelty of ‘Old Town Road’ with the international flair of ‘I Like It’ and ‘Despacito’ and all the sunny hype of ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling!’ In other words, all the ingredients for a summer success.

“We built this song to give strength to the people who listen to it,” band member Suga said in a Thursday press conference. “Our goal is to have as many people as possible hear it and get a little bit of reassurance and healing from it.”