The movie is based on the previous YouTube original series “BTS: Burn the Stage.” Since its release in theaters worldwide last November, “Burn the Stage: The Movie” has drawn more than 2 million fans in more than 70 countries and regions. The 83-minute documentary film features additional footage beyond the series including narrations, studio interviews, and an appearance by Bang Si-Hyuk, CEO of BTS’ label Big Hit Entertainment.
“Burn the Stage: The Movie” will be released on YouTube Premium on Jan. 18 at 11 p.m. KST / 9 a.m. EST on YouTube Premium. Also on Friday, viewers around the world will be able to watch an exclusive five-minute highlight of the film through the new YouTube Premieres feature (at this link) and participate in the release countdown using YouTube’s global live-chat function to connect with other fans.
BTS’s next concert film, “BTS World Tour Love Yourself in Seoul,” will have the widest event-cinema release in history: It’s slated to hit 3,800 theaters across 95 countries as part of a one-day release on Saturday, Jan. 26.
On YouTube, BTS has been ragingly popular. They are the first Korean group to surpass 600 million views on YouTube for a single video with the music video for “DNA.” They also hold the record as the Korean artists with the most music video views on YouTube, with four music videos over 400 million views — “Fire,” “Dope,” “Fake Love,” and ‘Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” — and three music videos over 300 million views — “Blood Sweat & Tears,” “Save Me,” and “Idol.”
“I am glad that we have been able to reintroduce the story of such great global artists like BTS,” said Nadine Zylstra, head of YouTube Originals for Asia Pacific. “I hope that ‘Burn the Stage: The Movie’ will become another special present to our viewers around the world.”
YouTube Premium is now available in 29 countries, including South Korea, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain and Sweden. The service is priced at $11.99 per month in the U.S., and includes ad-free access to all YouTube videos and YouTube Music as well as full access to YouTube Originals.
BTS is an abbreviation of “Bangtan Sonyeondan” (“bulletproof boy scouts”). The group — comprising members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook — debuted in June 2013.