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"Spring Day" is a song by BTS. The song was released on February 13, 2017 as the title track for You Never Walk Alone, a repackage of their second full-length album Wings.

Background

On January 23, 2017, Big Hit Entertainment announced the upcoming release of You Never Walk Alone, a repackaging of BTS’ previous full album Wings. The album was set for release on February 13, with pre-orders opening on January 25.[1]

On February 7, the official track listing was revealed for the repackaged album, which included all of the tracks from the previously released Wings and included four new tracks: “Spring Day”, “Not Today”, “Outro: Wings”, and “A Supplementary Story: You Never Walk Alone”.[2]

On February 10, Big Hit Entertainment released a teaser video on their official YouTube channel for the album’s title track, “Spring Day”.[3]

In a solo Naver ‘V’ Live video, RM explained the story behind the album Wings and the inspiration for his lyrics for “Spring Day”, saying that he wrote the chorus when he was out of the house at a park, thinking about his friends being far away while watching leaves fall.[4] In an interview on SBS Inkigayo on March 1, 2017, members of BTS gave further inspiration for the song's lyrics, with V claiming "We wrote it thinking of ARMY during cold winter days,” and Jimin adding "If we're with our ARMY, it's always a spring day."[5]

Release

You Never Walk Alone was released as a repackage of Wings on February 13. The title track "Spring Day" swept the Korea music charts, achieving another all-kill for the group.[6]

In the United States, the track became the first song by a K-Pop group to break into the top 10 on the iTunes songs chart, charting at No. 8 as of February 12, 2017.[7] The track also debuted on US's Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at #15, their first appearance on the chart. Billboard described this achievement as “unprecedented given K-pop’s history on Billboard’s singles chart.”[8]

The music video for “Spring Day” was released on the same day and broke the record for highest number of views within 24 hours for a music video by a K-pop group. The previous record was set by the video for “Blood Sweat & Tears”, which gained 6.34 million views within 24 hours; “Spring Day” broke this record by gaining 9,447,661 views within 24 hours of its release.[9][10]

Big Hit Entertainment announced on February 3 that the group would only be promoting “Spring Day” for one week due to the title track coming from an album repackage, similar to their promotion for “Fire” from the previous year.[11]

On March 3, Big Hit Entertainment released a dance practice video for “Spring Day” on their official YouTube channel.

Commercial success

The “Spring Day” music video went on to break the record for the fastest music video by a K-pop group to reach 10 million views on YouTube, reaching the benchmark in only 26 hours and 40 minutes. This broke the former record of 40 hours and 31 minutes set by “TT” by TWICE.[12] The “Spring Day” music video went on to break another record by becoming the fastest music video by a K–pop group to reach 20 million views, reaching the milestone in 3 days and 15 hours, breaking the previous record of 4 days and 18 hours also set by “TT” by TWICE.[13]

Dazed Digital Magazine named “Spring Day” No. 1 on its list of “The 20 best K-pop songs of 2017”, published December 7.[14]

On March 6, “Spring Day” reached the No. 1 spot on the Soompi K-pop Music Chart for the week of March 1.[15]

On July 19, the music video for “Spring Day” became BTS’ seventh music video to reaching 10 million views, joining the ranks with “Dope”, “Fire”, “Blood Sweat & Tears”, “Boy in Luv”, “Save Me”, and “Not Today”.[16]

On July 31, “Spring Day” became the first boy group song to surpass 200,000 hearts on the Melon music streaming service.[17]

As of February 16, 2018, the music video for the track surpassed 150 million views, their seventh video to do so.[18]

Awards and nominations

Melon Music Awards

Year Category Result
2017 Song of the Year Won

Mnet Asian Music Awards

Year Category Result
2017 Best Music Video Won

Golden Disk Awards

Year Category Result
2018 Digital Bonsang Won
Digital Daesang Nominated

Gaon Chart Music Awards

Year Category Result
2018 Song of the Year - February Nominated

Soompi Awards

Year Award Result
2018 Music Video of the Year Pending

Music show wins

Year Program Date Song
2018 Show Champion February 22 "Spring Day"
Music Bank February 23
M! Countdown February 24
SBS Inkigayo February 26

Records set and broken

Record title Record set Record date Previous record Previous record holder Previous record date
Highest-charting K-pop group song on iTunes Songs Chart No. 8 February 13, 2017 - - -
Highest-charting K-pop group song of all time No.8 (iTunes Songs Chart) February 13, 2017 - - -
Most views for a K-pop group music video in 24 hours 9 million views February 14, 2017 6.3 million views "Blood Sweat & Tears" October 10, 2016
Fastest K-pop video to reach 10 million views 26 hours, 40 minutes February 15, 2017 - - -
Fastest K-pop video to reach 20 million views 3 days, 15 hours February 17, 2017 - - -

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