BTS cover 'I'll Be Missing You' on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge: "A message for all ARMYs around the world." – watch

BTS cover 'I'll Be Missing You' on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge: "A message for all ARMYs around the world." – watch

BTS just made their Live Lounge debut!

Hosted by British radio station BBC Radio 1, the stage has previously seen performances from the likes of Leona Lewis, Harry Styles, Paramore, Rihanna, and more. Today (27/07), the global pop group graced the coveted stage with their live band, Ghost, to perform a cover of Puff Daddy, Faith Evans and 112's tribute to the late Notorious B.I.G. - 'I'll Be Missing You' - alongside their Billboard Hot 100 hits 'Dynamite' and 'Permission To Dance'.

When asked why they chose to cover 'I'll Be Missing You,' RM shared: "The lyrics and vibe felt so right for us. We wanna say that we miss all of you… everyone. A message to all ARMYs around the world."

Jimin, V, Jin, and Jungkook showcased their beautiful harmonies (plus Jin's note change in the ending, as well as Jimin's soaring vocals), while RM took over Puff Daddy's (Diddy) verses. Adding their own BTS flavour to the rendition, SUGA and J-hope added Korean rap verses about the challenges they're facing in this pandemic, along with a promise to ARMY: "Whenever it may be, Here’s hoping we meet again, I promise." 

Get to know Ghost, the live band behind BTS

Check out the added verses translated in English here:

SUGA

We’re now used to our routines taken away

But we still can’t give up living on

We’re more worn out because we don’t know where this ends

We’re an island we made ourselves because we couldn’t trust each other

 

Hope an end comes for this tiring pandemic virus

Negative thoughts can sometimes be a minus

I knew it wasn’t the end so I couldn’t say bye

When that day comes, will say “hi” like nothing happened

J-HOPE's verse

I hate this world, our traces become memories

I just empty my mind, trust without conditions

Not like the longing that encircles me

We miss U, baby

Whenever it may be

Here’s hoping we meet again, I promise

Ghost band keyboardist Docskim took to Twitter to share his thoughts on reworking the song to fit BTS and making sure to pay tribute to both 'I'll Be Missing You' and 'Every Breath You Take' by The Police. He also dedicates the song to the memory of his late mother.

Meanwhile, Ghostband drummer khaN posted on Instagram saying how he's grateful to have the chance to perform and play with the band again despite the current pandemic.

 
 
 
 
 
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Guitarist Soowan, an original member of Ghost band who has worked with the likes of AKMU, Red Velvet's Joy, Seventeen, and more, also shared what an honour it was to grace the Live Lounge stage.

 
 
 
 
 
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The group's appearance on the Live Lounge comes months after their performance on MTV Unplugged last March, in which the GRAMMY-nominated act performed a cover of Coldplay's 'Fix You', and 'Telepathy', 'Blue and Grey', 'Life Goes On', and 'Dynamite' off of their 2020 album, BE

BTS most recently dropped their single 'Permission To Dance' which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart, earning the group their 5th top Hot 100 hit


BTS will return to BBC Radio 1 for BTS @ Radio 1 with Adele Roberts on 28 July, 10:35 PM BST (5:35 PM EST, 29 July, 5:35 AM SGT/PHT, 6:35 AM KST/JST). The BBC TV special will explore the pop superstars' phenomenal rise to global success and also include an interview. Tune in via BBC iPlayer.


Watch BTS' performance of 'Dynamite,' 'Butter,' and 'I'll Be Missing You' by Puff Daddy, Faith Evans, and 112 here.