BTS Stands For Big Ticket Sales As Their New Documentary Breaks Event Cinema Records

Can BTS possibly get any bigger? Probably not. But if the recent success of their documentary film Bring The Soul: The Movie is any indicator, it’s time for the South Korean boy band to expand their influence further out into the cosmos. Variety reports the group’s documentary had the widest-ever release for an event cinema title by selling 2.55 million tickets across 112 territories around the world.

Filmed last year, Bring The Soul: The Movie is both a discussion between the group members and a series of performances from the Love Yourself world tour that collectively tell a story about the idea and atmosphere of the concert. After its August 7 release, the film grossed $24.3 million worldwide, even by playing in 5,000 movie theaters on a limited engagement. Their third film, Bring The Soul: The Movie has become their biggest. Prior to that, Burn The Stage: The Movie set records last year by grossing $18.5 million. So basically, BTS just broke their own record.

BTS recently became the first-ever winners of the Best K-Pop Moon Person at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. In their conquest for total world domination, the band is launching a TV show drama next year. This follows the release of their game, BTS World. These guys are literally unstoppable.

Cardi B’s VMA-Winning ‘Money’ Video Is Amazing Because Her Team ‘Worked Their Ass Off’

Love Cardi B’s “Money” and its accompanying music video? You and the rest of the world – that’s why it took home the VMA for Best Hip-Hop Video.

But as the saying goes, it takes a village. That’s part of what made Cardi’s smash hit such a success, and why we’re here still singing its praises now. According to Cardi, it was an absolute banger because she and her team “worked their ass off.” You’ll hear no protestations from us, because we’re full-on Bardi Gang over here!

During her VMA acceptance speech, Cardi let loose with some hilarious one-liners, thanking her makeup artist, game crew, music video director, and other members of her team for helping her look her best.

“Since this is the Video Music Awards and everything, I really want to thank my music video team. First, Jora Frantzis, that’s the director. She gotta hear outta my mouth, ‘I look ugly. Edit my stomach, edit my butt. Smooth my cellulite out.’ I wanna thank my glam team, Vincent, Tokyo. Thank y’all so much. Without y’all, my music videos wouldn’t look like this.”

When MTV News caught up with Cardi later on, she also had a few interesting tidbits to share, noting that she’s “workin’ on it” in relation to her new album, but declined to share tidbits of what fans could look forward to. We love a fierce queen like Cardi, and can’t wait to see what she has in the works for us next.

In the meantime, in case you missed it the VMAs (how could you?), you can check out our full list of winners in a handy-dandy list format. Then, be sure not to skip out on iconic performances by Lizzo and Missy Elliot, who both stole the show when they took the stage. It was truly a night to remember, and we’re already counting down to next year.

After Their First VMA Win Ever, What Are The Jonas Brothers Suckers For?

Monday night (August 26) at the 2019 VMAs, the Jonas Brothers were homecoming kings. In addition to rollicking through a dynamite performance of “Sucker” and “Only Human” at Asbury Park’s iconic Stone Pony music venue, the New Jersey boys finished the night by picking up the award for Best Pop — and in their acceptance speech, they made sure to mark the momentousness of the occasion.

“To get this award from the Sopranos is a Jersey dream,” Joe said, shortly after accepting his Moon Person trophy from Sopranos cast members Vincent Pastore, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, and Drea de Matteo. But perhaps even more notable than the Garden State connection is the fact that this year’s “Sucker” win marked the brotherly trio’s first VMA… ever.

Though they were nominated in 2008 for “Burnin’ Up,” they didn’t officially land a win until now. And in honor of their milestone, naturally, MTV News had to find out what Joe, Nick, and Kevin are suckers for. If you’ve been paying attention to the 2019 JoBros narrative (and who’s been added to it), their responses will make perfect sense.

“Our wives!” Kevin said. “They’re here, they’re with us, supporting us. They’re in the video. It’s incredible.” Indeed, the trio’s comeback has largely been hand-in-hand with their own marriage stories, a fact prominently displayed in both the exquisitely fun “Sucker” video itself. While Kevin and his wife, Danielle, got hitched a decade ago, Joe and Sophie Turner tied the knot earlier this year, and Nick and Priyanka Chopra wed in late 2018.

Being onstage and exerting all that energy can make you work up a proper appetite, so it makes sense that Joe’s mind was on food. “Jersey pizza as well,” he added as another thing they’re suckers for before Kevin moved things along with a hometown declaration. “We’re gonna go get some of that right now!”

In a separate interview filmed ahead of their VMA performance, the bros also definitively weighed in on their home state’s ever-present culinary debate about the delicacy known as Taylor Ham, also called pork roll. “The most New Jersey thing about us is probably our love for Taylor Ham egg and cheese sandwiches,” Nick said. Kevin backed him up: “It’s not pork roll.”

Nick then broke down the ingredients of what makes “the best thing you’ve ever tasted” exactly that: “Bagel sandwich with egg, cheese, and salt-pepper-ketchup.” Joe got hungry just at the description.

As a Western New York native, I have no dog in this fight, but if Nick, Joe, and Kevin say it’s Taylor Ham, who am I to disagree? (I would like one now please.) Watch the great debate in the video above.

After that, you can see the full list of winners and revisit all the night’s biggest VMA moments.

Harry Styles Isn’t Opposed To A One Direction Reunion — And Neither Are Fans

Don’t lose hope yet, Directioners! In a new interview with Rolling StoneHarry Styles opened up about a variety of things, including his upcoming sophomore album, experimenting with psychedelics, and yes, the future of One Direction. And from the sound of it, a reunion is not off the table — at least from Styles’s perspective.

“I don’t think I’d ever say I’d never do it again, because I don’t feel that way,” the “Sign of the Times” crooner said of a possible reunion. But as we all know, Styles is just one of the group’s five original members, and just because he’s not opposed to bringing the band back together doesn’t mean the others feel the same way.

“If there’s a time when we all really want to do it, that’s the only time for us to do it,” he said. “because I don’t think it should be about anything else other than the fact that we’re all like, ‘Hey, this was really fun. We should do this again.'”

But regardless of whether or not they decide to make a comeback, Styles still looks back fondly on their time as a band. “I think even in the disagreements, there’s always a mutual respect for each other,” he said. “we did this really cool thing together, and we’ll always have that. It’s too important to me to ever be like, ‘Oh, that’s done.’ But if it happens, it will happen for the right reasons.”

Of course, the mere hint at a possible One Direction reunion set the Internet ablaze. “Okay but when is one direction announcing their reunion,” one fan asked on Twitter. “One direction reunion mayyyybbbeee???” another hopeful fan wrote.

Before you get too excited, you should know that Styles is really happy with the way things are right now. “I feel like I’m really enjoying making music and experimenting,” he said. “I enjoy making music this way too much to see myself doing a full switch, to go back and do that again. Because I also think if we went back to doing things the same way, it wouldn’t be the same, anyway.”

So will One Direction make a comeback? For now, it’s still too soon to tell. But what we do know is that Styles really loved his time in the band. And for now, that’s good enough for us. “It was so much fun,” he said. “If I didn’t enjoy it, I wouldn’t have done it.”

Ava Max Breaks Down The Empowering Message Behind Her Superhero-Inspired ‘Torn’ Video

When Ava Max showed up to the VMAs last night dressed as a caped superhero, it was actually a sneaky tease for her next big release: the video for “Torn,” which arrived Tuesday (August 27) in all its dazzling, high-flying glory.

The new visual was directed by Joseph Kahn, the mastermind behind such pop classics as Britney Spears’s “Toxic” and Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood.” For “Torn,” Kahn and Max teamed up to take the disco-tinged single’s comic book-inspired lyric video and kick it up several notches. Max stars as “a woman scorned,” who, in the video’s first chapter, goes undercover as a hero (with that now-iconic haircut, naturally) who kicks the shit out of some masked villains — including her shady boyfriend.

Max’s secret identity becomes her means of enduring a venomous relationship, and after a betrayal knocks her off her feet, she finally musters up the power to fight back. It all comes to a head with a stormy showdown in the sky that, as she told MTV News, symbolizes “the woman finding her strength in a relationship that’s unhealthy [and doing] what’s best for her.”

“I saw the visuals while I was recording the song,” Max recalled of the vid’s elaborate concept. “I knew exactly what I wanted — in my head, I saw myself flying in the air to the song, saving the day.

“I remember sitting down with [Kahn], and I asked him if he could make me a superhero,” she continued. “I was half kidding; I wasn’t, like, 100 percent serious, because a superhero is really crazy and hard to do. And he looked at me and he goes, ‘I’ve always wanted to do that.'”

Together, they shot the “Torn” video over the summer during four long days in Milan, Italy. Max said she didn’t sleep for three days, but it was all worth it to fulfill her dream of becoming “an actual avenger” who, impressively, did all her own stunts.

“I did have a stuntwoman there, but I think the only thing she did was a backflip,” she said. “Everything else, all the choreographed fighting scenes, I did. I woke up at six in the morning and learned them all before the shooting began at 11 a.m.”

That kind of all-consuming dedication is also the attitude Max is bringing to her upcoming debut album, which she promises is in the works. Not that her fans are going hungry — in early July, she released a remix of the anthemic “So Am I” featuring K-Pop superstars NCT 127, and later that month, she dropped a double dose of new tunes, “Freaking Me Out” and “Blood, Sweat & Tears.”

“I have to say, we have a lot of songs and now it’s a matter of putting them into an album and putting it out,” the 25-year-old said of the upcoming project. “So I think for me personally, I’m in no rush and I just want to give people great songs to jam to and basically get empowered to.

“The entire album is very, very empowering,” she continued. “Aside from some wild cards like ‘Freaking Me Out’ and this other song that I can’t name yet, it’s mainly super powerful and they’re very anthemic songs.”

In the meantime, the “Torn” video is easily Max’s biggest and boldest move yet — and a celebration of sorts after the singer just slayed her first-ever VMA appearance. Relive her red carpet pre-show performance of “Sweet But Psycho” and “Torn” below (stunts and ass-kicking not included).

13 Things We Learned from Taylor Swift’s Lover Diaries

Most of Taylor’s early entries are about fear of failure in the industry and her big dreams. Next to doodles, she practices her autograph, noting, “That could be worth money someday!! Just kidding hehe.” After writing “The Outside” at age 14, which appeared on her debut two years later, she notes, “I don’t know if it’ll go anywhere, but it made me feel better.”

H.E.R. Shreds Both Her Guitar And Self-Doubt In Dynamite ‘Anti’ VMA Performance

H.E.R. is cutting through the noise, literally. To end her captivating “Anti” performance at the 2019 VMAs on Monday night (August 26), she wailed on her guitar, shredding a solo that commanded the entire Prudential Center in downtown Newark, New Jersey (and beyond, thanks to TV). And while that was a nice bit of punctuation, everything that preceded it was just as essential.

The 22-year-old R&B singer, songwriter, and guitar hero racked up three noms this year, including for Best New Artist, PUSH Artist of the Year, and Best R&B. But when she hit the stage for “Anti,” she stood alone, delivering the song’s soft introductory bars in front of a big screen. A magazine cover line passed behind her on a screen, and from the title alone, this was all about the Real Me. Quickly, it became clear that the Real H.E.R. is one who tells bullies, haters, racists, and pesky self-doubt to fuck off.

After she’d rolled alone onstage and walked into a sea of outstretched audience arms, she eventually joined her band and a crew of backup singers bedecked in anti-bullying, anti-racism, and other T-shirts — a nod to the song’s title. She stood on a large riser, towering over all insecurity in a particularly empowering and moving moment.

By the end, H.E.R. (real name: Gabi Wilson) began making her translucent Stratocaster — the same one she made an absolutely delightful spectacle of at the Grammys in February — absolutely sing nearly as commandingly as she herself can. It was tasteful shredding, and it was a glorious counterpart to the sparkling R&B track that preceded it.

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“In 2019, a lot of real music is coming back,” she told MTV earlier this year. “And by real music I mean, like, real instruments are being used, and a lot of real stories. People are saying a lot of things with substance.” For H.E.R., that substance was a loud anti-bullying message, boosted by her magnetic stage presence, the message on the shirts around her, and her six-string prowess.

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Bad Bunny And J Balvin Asked The VMAs One Question: ‘¿Qué Pretendes?’

Is there any better way to keep a show going than by asking viewers, “What do you want?” — and then delivering that and more?

That’s exactly what Colombian reggaetón artist J Balvin and Puerto Rican star Bad Bunny did during their VMA performance on Monday, August 26 of “Qué Pretendes,” a goodbye to an ex who just won’t leave, from their LP Oasis.

In the official video, the musicians were in an urban jungle with plenty of style to spare — J Balvin with his tiger-printed buzz cut and Bad Bunny with his signature surgical mask. The live performance was a little different: Instead of a jungle, the artists, clad in oversized bodysuits, were surrounded by cartoon cacti and dancing blowup creatures. Both artists performed flawlessly, impeccably singing their song while floating up and down above the stage. 

In the chart-topping song that shows off both musicians’ vocal ranges, J Balvin sings: “Sabes qué hacer muy bien para envolverme/Pero esta vez es muy tarde ya,” or, in English: “You know very well how to wrap me up/But this time, it’s already too late.” Bad Bunny responds: “De Snapchat te borré, de Facebook te borré,” or, in English: “I erased you on Snapchat, I erased you on Facebook, I erased you from my life.”

J Balvin pretty much summed up our feelings about the performance months ago when, according to Telemundo, on a recent Beats 1 broadcast, he said: “Do you know what an oasis is? Those beautiful places that stand out in the middle of dryness… You see it and go: ‘That’s special … That’s different’ … And the way you write it is the same in English and Spanish.”

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New Jersey’s Own Queen Latifah Epically Shut Down The VMAs

The finale of the epic 2019 VMAs highlighted the impact of New Jersey hip-hop. After looking at the artists of yesterday and today, it’s official: Ihe works of Fetty Wap, Naughty By Nature, Queen Latifah, Redman, and Wyclef Jean exist in the same space. It was truly a sight to behold, and a sonic feast to consume.

Legendary rapper Ice-T kicked things off with his classic tune “6 In The Morning.” He then said that “Hip-Hop was born in the Bronx, but it was raised across the river, right here in New Jersey.” This set the stage for an epic set of songs, with Naughty By Nature performing “O.P.P.”  on a graffiti-lit stage. Redman followed for a brief spell, performing some of “Hand On Pump” before Fetty Wap appeared in the midst of the crowd, surrounded by lights, to perform “Trap Queen.”

The energy shifted then to something more emotional when Wyclef Jean performed “Gone Till November” on a dark stage illuminated by flashing lights from cell phones, followed by “No Woman No Cry.” Clearly feeling the crowd, he hopped into a handstand before exiting the stage.

Queen Latifah then made an epic entrance, riding in on an orange sports bike in a badass motorcycle jacket. She performed “U.N.I.T.Y.” for “any woman who refuses to get disrespected.” The magical performance ended with everyone convening on stage to close with Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray,” putting the epic closer on a spectacular VMA night.

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards have touched down at The Prudential Center in New Jersey, airing live on MTV. See the full list of winners and keep up with all of the night’s biggest VMA moments!

The Jonas Brothers Just Earned Their First VMA — Ever

Nothing says “we’re glad to have you back” quite like winning a Moon Person at the VMAs. And that’s why we’re so happy to announce that, tonight (August 26), the award for Best Pop goes to the Jonas Brothers! Longtime fans of Nick, Joe, and Kevin were gifted with their comeback single after a hiatus that — let’s be honest here — spanned six years too long. But judging by their stellar hometown performance of “Sucker” and “Only Human” earlier in the night, the brothers couldn’t be more thrilled to be back.

After being presented the award by the real-life Soprano family, Joe thanked their fans for supporting the band, even when they were unsure about their future as a group. “Thank you so much,” he said. “This award is dedicated to all the fans that believed in us. When we didn’t believe in ourselves as a band and brothers, you guys stuck with us through the thick and thin.” Not to mention, getting the award from the Sopranos themselves had the brothers pretty starstruck. “To get this award from the Sopranos is a Jersey dream,” he said.

But as proud as they are to have won this award, we have to say — their fans might be prouder. When the video first debuted back in February, diehard Jonas supporters were overwhelmed with emotion. After six years of not knowing whether they’d ever reunite in a musical sense, the brothers proved that, even though they have wives now, they’re still the same band of brothers we grew up with.

If you need a refresher, the vibrant and colorful video took place at an enormous and extravagant mansion, where the brothers and their wives — Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, and Danielle Jonas — got into fencing matches, walked tons of dogs, and even took baths in the garden. The video was so well done that it’s easy to see why they’ve won Best Pop. And after being nominated in 2008 for “Burnin’ Up,” this marks the Jonas Brothers’ first VMA win ever.

The 2019 MTV Video Music Awards have touched down at The Prudential Center in New Jersey, airing live on MTV. See the full list of winners and keep up with all of the night’s biggest VMA moments!