The Golden Maknae of BTS just keeps on shining. On Thursday (Nov. 9), Jung Kook graced the TSX Entertainment stage in New York City for a surprise performance of several songs off his brand new debut solo album, Golden.
The first permanent stage in Times Square, the TSX stage saw electrifying renditions of Golden singles “Seven” (with Latto) and “3D” (with Jack Harlow), both of which hit the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, with the former peaking at No. 1. During his performance of “3D,” Jung Kook delivered his entire rap verse and interacted with the crowd as the track played Harlow’s guest verse. The BTS star performed full choreography for both “Seven” and “3D,” as well as “Standing Next to You,” which was recently treated to a Michael Jackson-inspired music video. While powering through “Standing Next to You,” Jung Kook took a moment to pause and listen to the crowd go wild for him.
Non-NYC fans were able to tune into the free event on Xbox‘s Twitch channel. “ARMY, please don’t change,” he urged the crowd, speaking to those in person and those tuning in online all over the world. Those same fans were a driving force in the massive success of Golden’s singles — particularly “Seven,” which recently became the fastest song to reach one billion streams in Spotify history. Golden also features production and writing contributions from Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Ed Sheeran and Shawn Mendes.
“We are honored to co-create this historic moment for Jung Kook and the entire BTS group. His solo journey has already made history with multiple chart-topping singles, and we’re fully confident that this album will continue the trend,” said Nick Holmsten, TSX Entertainment co-CEO, in a statement. “This marks a pivotal moment in music, particularly for K-pop fans, and holds great significance for both Times Square and New York City.”
Check out photos of Jung Kook’s surprise concert below.
Additional reporting by Rylee Johnston.
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