Jungkook of BTS performs his new single “Dreamers” at the World Cup in Qatar
K-pop superstars BTS kicked off the 2022 Qatar World Cup on Sunday, with Jungkook of BTS releasing the official tournament song, Dreamers, at the opening ceremony.
He sang at the opening ceremony of the World Cup with Qatari artist Fahad Al Kubaisi, making history as the first South Korean performer to release a World Cup song.
The roughly 30-minute-long, seven-part ceremony honoured all 32 teams, as well as prior World Cup hosts and volunteers.
The event was kicked off with visits by Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and Qatari social media star Ghanim Al-Muftah.
After a group of dancers performed the Ardah (sword dance), the 32 national football teams marched down the field with their flags and mascots.
Jungkook, donning an all-black ensemble, made an appearance below the Qatar World Cup mascot La’eeb. The 25-year-old performer danced and leapt around the stage while singing Dreamers with dozens of dancers. Near the middle of the show, 41-year-old Fahad walked on stage to participate.
Grammy-winning Moroccan producer RedOne is responsible for Dreamers, whose lyrics praise those who boldly follow their goals and dare to dream as stated by Fifa (Federation Internationale de Football Association).
A few hours before the ceremony, Dreamers was finally published to the public and within 12 hours, it had climbed to the top of iTunes’ Top Song chart in 100 countries.
The song became the fastest World Cup song to reach No. 1 in the United States, taking only a little over two hours.
With his June appearance on American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth’s single Left And Right, the BTS member surpassed Gangnam Style (2012) singer Psy as the longest-charting K-pop solo performer on Billboard’s Hot 100 main singles chart.
During his time in Qatar, Jungkook also visited the South Korean national team to show his support.
On Thursday, South Korea will take on Uruguay, followed by games against Ghana on Monday and Portugal on December 2.