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BTS’s single ‘Butter’ has stayed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for four consecutive weeks! This is the longest they’ve stayed at the top, and if they stay there for another week, they’ll beat a record previously set by Aerosmith. In celebration of this amazing news, I’m looking back at all of the ‘Butter’ performances we’ve seen so far! All of them have been pretty great (Mostly, I’ll get into that later), but there have definitely been a few that stand out more than the others. The title of this post may be referencing performances, but I’m counting everything for this list minus the original music video. So here’s my list of the best ‘Butter’ performances I’ve seen!
‘Butter (Hotter Remix)’:
Let’s start with the first alternative we got for the music video, the ‘Hotter Remix’. This remix’s video consisted of a bunch of footage shot during the shooting of the original music video. Because of this, there aren’t really new looks we can talk about here. It’s all original ‘Butter’ looks. But the absolute silliness of this video gives us enough to focus on by itself. For this performance we saw Jimin fall out of his chair, alerting everyone to the crash including the currently-singing Tae, some of Yoongi’s signature dance moves, and Jin, Jimin, and Jungkook practically yelling their verses with strange head movements as emphasis. To top it all off we also received a sweet moment between Hoseok and Namjoon where Hoseok’s hype-man skills ended in an adorably genuine smile from our president. I can’t say that this remix is my favorite remix that I’ve heard. I’m not a huge fan of some of the voice effects used in it. Despite that, It doesn’t ever dissuade me from watching this performance. I could watch it on loop just for the chaotic energy.
Billboard Music Awards:
Here’s an actual classic performance. This one specifically gets a shout out because of continuity. The performance starts out with Jungkook in his jean ‘Dynamite’ outfit. He walks away from the camera and comes back in dressed in a black suit. The more dramatic look signifies the entrance of a new era. All of the other members are dressed in various black ensembles as well, each with some sort of detailing that gives them a silvery shine or sparkle. I think my favorite piece here is Taehyung’s suit jacket, which has a silver sparkle effect filling nearly half of both his sleeves. Their voices are incredible here, as is the dancing. This was also the first time I saw the full choreography so Hoseok’s dance break in particular blew me away. I loved that this dance break was performed with a spotlight, leaving the back members in shadow. It added an interesting layer to the choreography. They came out swinging for this one and it really set the tone for their other ‘Butter’ performances.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert:
This performance was prefaced with an already hilarious skit where BTS demonstrated some new hand gestures. This skit showed us Jimin using his fingers to demonstrate walking, running, riding a pogo stick, and running after someone who stole your pogo stick, as well as Taehyung’s adorable statement, “fear the double bunny”. When it comes to the performance itself, if you liked the Billboard performance, you’ll like this one too. The looks in this performance are another set of dark suits, but these are more classic. The stand out for this look was Hobi, who had his hair pushed back and a few less buttons done on his shirt. The setting for this performance was also gorgeous. The mansion background included plush antique couches, artwork lining the walls, and ornate, golden chandeliers. This performance also used the spotlight effect for the dance break, except some extra light coming from behind the pillars in the back, and the gorgeous blue and white detailed flooring, made the ambiance just a bit more breathtaking here. At the end of this performance they also fill out the dancing with some back up dancers which is satisfying. And, of course, who doesn’t like the gold confetti to finish it off?
This variation of ‘Butter’ was released today and it didn’t disappoint. This video has all of the members singing the song with karaoke mics and crazy hats, wigs, and props. In some shots you can see the members all together, but they do separate into different groups. These groups are Taehyung with Hoseok, Jin and Jimin with Yoongi, and Namjoon with Jungkook. The outfits here are the track suits from the original music video, but the accessories hilariously change the way they look. Tae and Hoseok add some antennas and a bow respectively to add to their outfits. There’s a large portion of time where nearly all the members are wearing BT21 hats depicting the characters they created. Jimin switches from a headband with light up glasses to a chick hat with light up glasses. I will say my favorite crazy accessories were Namjoon’s and Jungkook’s, who decided to wear matching pink wigs and sunglasses. Jungkook and Namjoon enjoyed singing the song at one another while Jimin kneeled on the floor and held up whatever microphones he had available to Jin and Yoongi. And, of course, Tae and Hobi busted out the chaotic dance moves. If any performance of ‘Butter’ describes BTS, it’s this one.
Dishonorable Mention: Good Morning America
For some frustrating reason, Good Morning America decided to frequently cut away from BTS during their performance. Mid-verse the camera would cut away from the members to some buildings in the city area. Because that’s exactly what I came to see when I heard BTS was going to perform ‘Butter’ on the show. This even happened during the dance break. When, you know, it’s kind of important to watch what the members are doing. I don’t know who decided on the cut aways, but they shouldn’t be trusted with something like this again.
So those are the ‘Butter’ performances I’ve loved so far! Congratulations to BTS and to all the US Armys who have been working their asses off to keep them at number one. Let’s keep going so we can break that record! Stream ‘Butter’!
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