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BTS

BTS

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Biography

BTS, sometimes called the Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band that has been active since 2010. In 2013, the group made it big with help from Big Hit Entertainment, their label and management company. Under the direction of Big Hit, the group shifted from strictly making hip-hop to a blend of K-pop, pop, R&B, EDM, and their original rap sound.

The group has seven members – Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. Each of the members contributes to the compositions of the band’s songs, and they all provide vocal performances on each album. 

Since they got started, BTS has made history multiple times. They became the first Korean band to get a Platinum certification from the RIAA, and they’re the fastest band since The Beatles to get four albums to number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

This is the story of how BTS formed, made it big, and made wildly successful music afterwards.

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The Band’s Origins

BTS originally formed in 2010 when RM (real name Kim Nanjoon), the de facto leader of the group, secured a record deal thanks to his rapping skills. Under the guidance of Big Hit Entertainment, the seven-member group was intended to be competitive with 1TYM, another South Korean K-pop-hip-hop boy band.  In 2012, the band’s long-term lineup was solidified, with Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook joining RM as official members. A year later, in June 2013, the band released their first collection of songs: 2 Cool 4 School, which became the first installment in the “School Trilogy.”

How BTS Got Their Name

The name BTS is an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan, an expression from the group’s homeland of South Korea that means “bulletproof boy scouts.” As of 2017, the band also stands by the name as an acronym for “Beyond the Scene.” 

Breaking Into the Mainstream 

In January 2014, the band wrapped up the “School Trilogy” series with their EP Skool Luv Affair. The record made it to number three on the Billboard world albums chart. The record performed well in the US, earning the group a devoted base of loyal fans outside of their home country. After the release of Skool Luv Affair, the band traveled to the United States and played their first American show. The concert took place in West Hollywood, with free admission.  The band earned a Grammy nomination for their track “Dynamite,” which also made it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. 

BTS Becomes a Worldwide Phenomenon 

With lyrics that touch on themes of mental health, self-acceptance, and coming of age, BTS has been able to gain a loyal fan base, primarily in the teenage demographic. Every fan has a favorite singer or rapper in the group. Throughout the late 2010s, the band continued to gain traction. Through their Love Yourself series, which features Her and Tear, they gained even more devoted fans around the world. This period in the band’s history yielded hits like “Spring Day” from You Never Walk Alone and “I Need You” from The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1. In 2019, the band released their sixth EP, Map of the Soul: Persona, and the collection of songs immediately became a huge hit in the US. It was the best-selling physical album of the year in the United States, gaining over 300,000 physical sales. 

High-Profile Remixes 

BTS has released several high-profile official remixes, including collaborations with Lauv and Steve Aoki. With Lauv, they made a rework of “Make It Right,” the second single from the EP Map of the Soul: Persona. With Aoki, they released “Mic Drop (Remix),” which made it to number 26 on the Billboard hot 100. Steve Aoki’s remix also features the American rapper Desiigner, of “Panda” fame.

Breaking Records and Winning Awards 

When Steve Aoki’s “Mic Drop” remix hit the Billboard charts, it made BTS the first Korean act to make it on the Hot 100 in history. They were also the first K-pop act to perform at the American Music Awards – their performance took place on November 19, 2017.  In addition, they made it into the Guinness book of world records for having the most Twitter engagements on their posts of any band in the world. All that Twitter fame is largely due to the band’s high fan loyalty – BTS fans are all-in. In 2017, the band was awarded the honor of “Top Social Artist” at the Billboard Music Awards. Getting nominated and winning the award was another milestone for the band – they’re the first K-pop act to ever receive a Billboard Music Award.  BTS was also the first Asain band to sell out Wembley Stadium and Rose Bowl Stadium, an impressive feat considering the massive capacity of these two venues. They accomplished those astronomically high ticket sales during the Love Yourself World Tour in 2019. 

Recent Music From BTS

One of BTS’s biggest hits of the 2020s so far was “Black Swan,” a track from Map of the Soul: 7 that made it to number one on the Billboard World Digital Song Sales chart. In May 2021, the band made waves when they released “Butter,” their second song the band had ever released that was entirely in English. After the song came out, they broke another world record, sitting at the top of the Hot 100 for nearly two months. 

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