BTS’s J-Hope becomes first South Korean artist to headline Lollapalooza
Last night (July 31), BTS member J-Hope performed his headliner at Lollapalooza 2022, making him the first South Korean to headline the famous Chicago festival.
J-Hope closed the final night of this year’s Lollapalooza, performing on the Bud Light Seltzer Stage adjacent to the sets of Green Day and Polo & Pan. Other festival headliners included J. Cole, Kygo, Dua Lipa, Machine Gun Kelly, Lil Baby and Metallica.
According to setlist.fm, J-Hope performed a total of 18 songs on his 70-minute set, including eight of the 10 tracks from his just-released debut album, “Jack In The Box.” It also featured five clips from 2018’s “Hope World” mixtape and added a handful of BTS songs (“BTS Cypher Pt. 1,” the “Tropical Remix” version of “Dynamite,” “Trivia: Just Dance.” and ‘Outro: Ego’).
The set was rounded out with a performance of his 2019 standalone single “Chicken Noodle Soup,” for which he released his featured artist, Becky G.
Take a look at the performance footage below, then check out the full setlist:
2. “Pandora’s Box”
4. ‘BTS Cypher Pt.1’
6. ‘POP (piece of peace) pt. 1’
7. ‘= (Equal sign)’
9. “Safe Zone”
10. “What if…”
12. ‘Dynamite (Tropical Remix)’
14. ‘Outro: Ego’
15. “World of Hope”
16. ‘Curiosity: Just Dance’
17. ‘Chicken Noodle Soup’ (with Becky G)
This year’s Lollapalooza was particularly noteworthy for K-pop fans; the day before J-Hope’s performance (July 30), his bandmates from Tomorrow X Together made history as the first K-pop group to perform at the festival. With his own performance at Lollapalooza, J-Hope became the first South Korean artist to headline a major music festival in the United States.
J-Hope released “Jack In The Box” on July 15 via Big Hit, along with the singles “More” and “Arson.” In a five-star review of the record, NME‘s Rhian Daly wrote: “Thought-provoking and full of fresh new flavors, ‘Jack In The Box’ takes the J-Hope the world has come to know and love over the past nine years and sets fire to this figure.”
The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart. In June, BTS’ anthology album “Proof” debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one, marking the group’s sixth number-one entry. boys as a group. The album, which was led by single “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)”, is a 48-track compilation that includes many of the boyband’s hit singles, from “Boy With Luv” with Halsey to their first single ‘No More Dreams’.
Earlier this month, J-Hope confirmed that while BTS members have largely suspended the group’s activities to pursue other projects, the K-pop septet is “definitely” not on hiatus. In a recent interview, he was asked about an announcement the band made in June, in which they said they planned to “take the time to explore some solo projects,” which has fans worried about the extension of the split.
“When we talked about the temporary hiatus or focusing on solo projects, we were really trying to be honest with how we feel and what we want to pursue in the future,” J-Hope said, noting: “I think there was a bit of a loss in translation when we delivered this message. And we are certainly not on a break. The team will stay active. We have just learned a lot and we have grown together in as a team over the past decade.
His comments echoed those of bandmate RM in June, in which the BTS member said the perception that the group was disbanding was caused by “aggressive keywords taken out of context,” adding that “misinterpretations regarding the band’s future had “left a bitter feeling in my heart.” He stressed, “This is not the end for us.”