Golden Seats for Celebrities Spark Controversy at Bruno Mars’ Concert

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Credit: Hyundai Card

Bruno Mars wowed an estimated audience of 101,000 over two days, June 17th and 18th, at Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium for the “Hyundai Card Super Concert 27 – Bruno Mars.”

The American singer’s highly awaited concert generated tremendous buzz among local music fans as it was his first in the country in nine years. Tickets sold out within minutes, with 1.16 million concurrent users at peak.


Celebrities like G-Dragon, Lee Soo Hyuk, Park Seo Joon, Ryu Jun Yeol, BTS’ V, and BLACKPINK’s Jennie added to the electrifying spectacle at the concert, enjoying the mesmerizing performances in groups.

The star-studded lineup at the concert included a remarkable array of K-pop idols: BTS’ RM, EXO’s D.O., Blackpink’s Rosé, The Boyz’s Juyeon, Jacob, Kevin, and Younghoon, MONSTA X’s Hyungwon and Shownu, Red Velvet’s Seulgi and Yeri, all members of LE SSERAFIM, LOONA’s Chuu and Yves, Highlight’s Yang Yoseob and Lee Gikwang, GOT7’s Youngjae and BamBam, Lovelyz’s Jisoo and Ryu Sujeong, and singer Lim Young Woong.

However, a controversy has arisen as some people claim that celebrities occupied a significant portion of the ground-standing area, leading to a debate about previlages associated with VIP invitations.

Responding to the claims, a Hyundai Card representative stated, “We distributed the invitations to industry insiders just like we do for any other concerts.” However, they also noted, “The exact amount of invitations issued is still not confirmed.” Addressing the issue about stars purchasing tickets and securing front-row spots, they added, “It appears that most celebrities’ agencies purchased tickets in bulk. Customers primarily made their purchases through regular booking.”

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