As fans get used to K-Pop shows being held online, some on-tact concerts have attracted huge number of viewers even though they are paid ones.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has had a great impact on the K-pop industry, especially when it comes to holding concerts offline. Many groups have had to cancel a lot of shows because of the social distancing order to ensure everyone's safety. They suffered from huge losses since everything was fully planned.
However, entertainment companies are not sitting still. They have turned this situation into an opportunity, and came up with online concerts. From 2020, almost all K-Pop concerts are online. And, especially, thanks to them being online, many fans around the world have been able to get closer to the concerts, buying cheaper tickets and avoid complicated traveling plans. Notably, some online concerts recorded remarkable achievements, with huge number of tickets sold.
Here are the 7 best selling online concert in 2020-2021.
[Note: The K-pop groups' online concerts' viewers and numbers below are officially announced by their respective agencies. Some online concerts, including TVXQ, SEVENTEEN, IZ*ONE, as well as NCT Dream and WayV, were not disclosed.]
As you might have guessed, BTS impressively recorded 993,000 paid online concert tickers and secured their crown at No. 1.
BTS's online concert 'BTS MAP OF THE SOUL ON:E,' which was held in October last year, was watched in 191 countries and regions around the world. At the time, BTS sang 23 songs of various genres, including the songs from its fourth full-length album 'MAP OF THE SOUL: 7' and the digital single 'Dynamite,' which shines first on the U.S. Billboard singles chart 'Hot 100' on the concert stage, which lasted about 150 minutes each.
Apparently, the concert was supposed to be held offline as well, but due to the huge surge of COVID-19 cases at that time, it became a live streaming concert only.
At the 2nd place, we have the 'World's Biggest Girl Group' BLACKPINK, who had their first online concert this January 2021, 'BLACKPINK: THE SHOW'.
The online viewers of 'THE SHOW' were around 280,000, the largest number for a K-Pop girl group online concert.
According to YG Entertainment, the U.S. contributed 19.2 % of the ticket sales, the country that ranked No.1 with the most viewers compared to other countries around the world during the quartet's online show.
At the 3rd place, NCT successfully garnered over 200,000 online viewers. The concert 'NCT: Resonance: Global Wave' held on December 27 received favorable responses from 124 countries.
Next, SHINee's first online concert and the most recent concert among the other groups took No. 4.
SHINee's 'Beyond LIVE - SHINee WORLD was broadcast live worldwide and recorded 130,000 viewers from 120 countries around the world, including the United States, Japan, Italy, Denmark, Greece, the United Arab Emirates, China, Britain, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Poland, and Hungary. The concert became more special as it was the group's first concert in three years as well, following their military hiatus.
Moreover, Super Junior ranked fifth place with 123,000 viewers, followed by Baekhyun of EXO and NCT 127, who recorded 110,000 online viewers and 104,000 viewers, respectively.
Lastly, the pioneers of online concerts, TWICE and SuperM, completed the top 9. The two teams incredibly earned 100,000 and 75,000 paid online viewers, even when online concerts were something so new to fans at that time.