Today everyone knows the name of BTS they’ve been invited onto late-night talk shows they’ve shattered records they’ve sold out stadiums they’ve made it onto the big screen these days.
You’d be hard-pressed to find someone who didn’t know who these guys were or at least haven’t heard one of their songs and if they don’t either they’ve been living under a rock or they’re 100 years old.
The success of the Bangtan Boys is worldwide but it wasn’t always like this the very existence of BTS can be owed to its founding father an innovator by the name of hitman bang his idea to create a rap group was somewhat inspired by yg in the late 90s he experimented with this idea with different trainees eventually choosing seven members and while three of them eventually left the remaining four Teddy Danny Jinhuan and Baek young debuted in 1998 as one time their first album titled one time for your mind was one of the year’s best-selling albums and won several awards including the global disc and SBS music awards for best new artist and KMTV’s award for best hip-hop artist the group enjoyed moderate success and released four more albums before going on indefinite hiatus in 2006 due to their mandatory military service.
The year was 2010 and the five-year-old company big hit entertainment had previously signed two artists eight eight and two am they had their share of successes but they were very traditional k-pop groups big hit wanted a fresh new sound and upon listening to one-time CEO hitman Francio had decided that that was the sound that he was looking for and on top of that the youth needed someone to relate to and more importantly look up to he had decided he would create a hip-hop group.
At 15 years old Kim Namjoon auditioned for a certain big deal record which he completely botched for getting the lyrics to the song he was performing afterwards fellow rapper sleepy recommended that he try auditioning at another label big hit and even put in a good word for him to one of the producers there at age 16 namjoon auditioned in front of Banksy hyuk himself and instantly impressed him he was offered to deal with big hit on the spot which namjoon accepted and became a trainee officially choosing a name for himself rap monster destined to become the leader of the newly created group now that a fearless leader was chosen they needed more member.
Minyongi was a 17 year old living in degu an avid basketball player and rapper he had been interested in music especially rap from a very early age and despite his parents disapproval started performing as a rapper while still in high school he quickly gained attention as a rapper and producer in the underground hip-hop scene one day he saw a flyer for a rap competition called hit it and decided to participate and although he only placed second the company hosting the competition you guessed it right, Big hit decided to sign him on as a producer hitman bang spoke with him afterward convincing him to join a newly created hip-hop group he told him to just focus on rapping and assured him that he wouldn’t need to dance he was lying and just like that the new group had a second member known as a combination of the first two syllables of shooting guard his favorite position in basketball but they wouldn’t stop there rappers were nice but big hit actually needed a dancer.
Jeong hosok always loved dancing he was in the starting lineup of the dance crew neuron in his hometown guangzhou he was good at it too winning several local championships and even winning a championship at the national level in 2008 while he did perform at several competitions hosted by jyp and even won some of them he ultimately went on to audition for a smaller lesser-known company big hit entertainment his dance skills and strong understanding of rhythm made him an instant favorite and he was signed on as j-hope not only that but they saw potential in him to become a rapper which at this point he had little experience with however j-hope made the decision to leave big hit until rm convinced both j-hope and big hit that the group wouldn’t be complete without him he was right with the addition of j-hope the rap line was complete now they needed some singers now.
Just like how RM an amazing rapper with a ton of experience was chosen as the first official member of the rap line it would only make sense that a legendary singer and dancer would be the perfect first member of the vocal line right, but kim seojin didn’t have any sort of experience like that believe it or not one day when he was walking on the streets of his hometown anyang, he was approached by a representative of SM Entertainment with an offer to work for the company in typical Jin fashion he never followed up with them because he believed it to be a scam apparently jin was a very good looking guy because years later this time as a college student in seoul he was once again approached on the street this time by an executive at big hit entertainment, He didn’t sing he didn’t dance he was at school to become an actor and he decided to audition to become an actor big hit however had different plans for him and convinced him to become a vocalist for their new group to do so he literally learned to dance and sing starting from zero but thankfully not without help from other vocalists.
The next one was Jeon Jungkook, initially had dreams of becoming a bandman player when he was young but after seeing g-dragon perform heartbreaker on television it influenced him to want to become a singer instead because of this at only age 14 he decided to audition for the south Korean talent show superstar k he didn’t pass auditions but this was just enough to catch the eye of not one company, not two companies but seven different companies this included jyp fnc wollum starship entertainment ts cube and of course big hit entertainment so why did Jungkook given the choice of all these bigger companies decide to go with the relatively smaller company big hit the answer was simple because he thought and I quote ‘RM was cool so I wanted to sign with them’ that brings the number of members to five.
The next member of bts was just a surprise to find big hit as big hit was to find him and it almost didn’t happen kim taeyhung was always passionate about music and it was always his dream to pursue it as a career however it was hard as his family was poor his parents being humble farmers his father told him that if he was passionate about music he should learn an instrument and he did spending three years practicing with the saxophone one day one of his friends decided to audition for big hit entertainment when they were holding auditions in his hometown of daegu taehyung being a good friend came with him to keep him company but when one of the team members in charge of the audition saw taeyang he encouraged him to audition as well with nothing to lose he did that day he was the only one in daegu to move on to the next round of auditions and eventually became a trainee for big hit entertainment they decided to keep him as a surprise member and didn’t want to reveal him as one of the members until his debut in the same vein big hit had him choose something mysterious for his stage name he decided to go with ‘V’ for victory here seems like a nice round number to stop right six members for a new hip-hop group three rappers and three vocalists it seems like a complete group but still there was something missing some one was missing someone that could take this already great group of artists and push it even further to achieve perfection a powerhouse someone so naturally talented that they could stand out in a room full of already talented artists this project that bighit had embarked upon needed a capstone.
Park jimin was a naturally talented dancer when he was in middle school he attended a dance academy and continued to pursue dance at busan high school of arts where he studied contemporary dance and was the top student in the whole modern dance department impressed by his raw talent a teacher encouraged him to audition for big hit entertainment who were holding auditions in busan he was only 16 when he passed the audition and moved to seoul to become a trainee he was the final member of the group and he also had the shortest training period interesting to note is that the group feels very much ragtag because in a sense with the exception of jimin and j-hope it was rm auditioned for big hit because he didn’t pass his auditions with the first company he chose and despite their amazing talent suga and jungkook didn’t win the competitions they were in but they signed on to big hit after the fact because of their high-quality performances.
‘V’ never even planned on auditioning and just decided to do it on a whim and they literally just found jin on the streets but perhaps it was fate because this was the group that they chose and just like that in 2012.
The newly created Bangtan Sonyeondan (The bulletproof boy scouts) or simply BTS was complete but they still needed the music in early 2013 they set out to create some social media presence for themselves before officially debuting posting song covers on both SoundCloud and youtube which you can still go watch today.
In may bighit launched a countdown clock on their website in preparation for bts’s debut album complete with a trailer and a ton of promotional material including photos for the first time of all the members in the official lineup finally the big day came June 12 2013 BTS held a press conference and a debut showcase where they performed their two singles no more dream and we are bulletproof part two the same day, the too cool for school album as well as the music video for no more dream was released the very next day. BTS performed the song again on their official debut stage on Mnet’s m countdown, this was the world’s first taste of bts commercially the album didn’t do extraordinarily well the lead single no more dream peaked at 124 in Korea and the album sold only 24 000 copies during its first year.
Bulletproof part 2 didn’t even chart the first year wasn’t all that great for bts but despite everything people saw them, people saw the sparkle in their eyes and their limitless potential and they were hot of course.
On july 9th army was established as bts’s official fandom they made their comeback only two months later in september when they released their single no along with their ep part two of what would be their school trilogy ‘oh are you late too’ in the music video for the single they made a commentary on the harsh korean education system along with their previous themes of hopes and dreams no peaked at 92 in korea but also quickly fell off the charts the album debuted at number four on the gown weekly chart and was the 55th best-selling album in south korea that year this was enough to secure them the coveted new artist of the year award at the melon music awards the golden disc awards and the seoul music awards
Part 3 of the school trilogy was released in February of 2014 the ep school love affair this time the lead single was Boy in love [Music] the album, as well as both singles, enjoyed moderate success with the album topping the gown album chart as well as making its first international appearance at number three on the Billboard world albums chart the album also marked their first distinctive change in theme focusing more on school life and young love as evidenced by their boy and love music video they also held their first fan meetings with a crowd of 3 000 in Seoul.
BTS was doing well that is until July this is, unfortunately, a dark chapter in the lives of BTS and Army that’s right American hustle life, I’m joking of course but American hustle life was a reality show put together by Mnet that brought BTS to Los Angeles where they had the unique opportunity to learn the true ways of hip-hop from the masters and it was a pretty darn cringed opportunity but an opportunity nonetheless whatever you do just don’t watch the warren g version of buoyant love you’ve been warned.
However cringe and all the trip proved fruitful for bts making connections performing their first US concert for free in front of 200 fans as well as their first appearance at kcon the next month in august bts released their first full-length studio album ‘Dark and Wild’ the album featured two singles danger and war of hormones the album featured a marked shift in sound with a touch of R&B and Electronica, it was met with moderate success it peaked at number two in Korea selling over 200 000 albums. In October and again in May of the following year bts on their first and second concert tours known as the red bullet tour where they visited 13 different countries including Japan, Philippines, Australia, USA, Mexico, and many others.
They also came out with their first Japanese album in December wake up featuring many Japanese versions of their songs as well as original tracks wake up and the stars followed by a japan tour and a solo concert in Korea although dark and wild got decent attention, they needed something different they needed something that would shake things up they got to work.
April 29 2015 was their comeback when this album was produced each member had a hand in writing songs for the album they again change their sound from aggressive hip hop to youthful colorful styles and not only their sound but their image as well this can be evidenced by their newest ep the most beautiful moment in life and just by looking at the album cover they ditch the dark colors and the bulletproof vest symbol that had become so synonymous with bts and replaced it with a simple white and pink background overlaid with the title.
And then they dropped the single that would change everything ‘I need you’ , It was sentimental it was hopeful it was new just by looking at the music video we can see that bts has also ditched their punk bad boy image and replaced it with a more real vulnerable down-to-earth and youthful feel.
This proved to be the change that bts needed for mainstream success billboard called it one of the greatest k-pop songs of the decade it charted at number 5 in korea and even led them to their first music show win on sbs mtv’s the show and that wasn’t all.
They released their second single ‘Dope’ on june 24th which started off with a poignant line from RM “hmm welcome is this your first time with bts” and you know what for a lot of people it was in a way their first studio album and tour can be seen as their stepping stone between old school bts and new school.
In November they came back with their follow-up ep the most beautiful moment in life part two the second ep in what would be dubbed the youth trilogy which featured the single run the album focused even more on the frivolity friendship and carefree attitude that comes with enjoying one’s youth but just like in I need you contrasted that with suffering depression loneliness society and the stark and sometimes dark reality of life compare this with the far cry of the no more dreams music video. It felt real it was darker grittier more humble more meaningful and most importantly also connected narratively with their previous single I need you.
And another video released in September titled onstage prologue established what would come to be known as the bts universe or the bu which would eventually combine music videos short films books short stories webtoons and even a mobile game to create a cohesive story and I won’t go down this rabbit hole because there is a lot to digest but it’s definitely something to look into if you’re a hardcore army.
The same month they kicked off their third tour the most beautiful moment in life on stage tour where they performed songs from their two recent eps part one and part two and part two was a hit their biggest so far it topped the weekly gown album and billboard world albums charts and on a billboard, it stayed there for multiple weeks the first k-pop act to do so it also appeared on the billboard 200 albums chart, not world albums which were deserved for foreign non-English songs but simply the top 200 albums peaking at 171 which is kind of amazing considering that this was back in 2015.
They also received best world performer at the 17th mnet asian music awards this brings us to part 3 of the youth trilogy the most beautiful moment in life young forever released on may 2nd 2016 which featured probably my favorite bts album cover young forever was actually a compilation album of parts 1 and 2. so it was mostly the same songs but it was notable that it had some new singles epilogue young forever fire and save me the latter two performed exceptionally well with both songs topping the billboard world digital songs chart this was also the second bts album to chart on the billboard 200 at 107 and it topped both the gown weekly and monthly chart which earned bts their first dae song album of the year at the eighth melon music awards.
They went on to do the second half of their tour the most beautiful moment in life on stage epilogue selling out many of their concerts and even selling out kcon in us where they headlined the event in September they dropped their second Japanese album youth featuring Japanese versions of tracks from their previous three eps [Music] which went gold and peaked at number one on Japanese charts.
And only a month later in October of 2016, it happened BTS dropped their second studio album wings it sold over 500 000 copies in its first week in comparison to the most beautiful moment in life part 1 released just the previous year which topped the gown chart sold about 500 000 in its entire lifetime wings was big but the true showstopper was its lead single blood sweat and tears, which got them their first all-kill topping 8 music charts in South Korea its music video gained 6 million views in the first 24 hours which broke the youtube record for the highest number of views of a k-pop group music video within 24 hours.
The album hit number 26 on the billboard 200 the highest ever charting k-pop album on billboard they ended up selling 1.5 million copies in South Korea in 2016 alone and it netted them the artist of the year award at the eminent Asian music awards that same year the first non-big three artist ever to receive that award after blood sweat and tears they were on a roll bts was unstoppable. In february of 2017 they released the instant hit spring day which quoting a Korean reviewer embodied nostalgia and sorrow and opened a new chapter in BTS’s aesthetics and lyricism and attracted fans across generational boundaries which by the way is still on Korean charts after nearly four years. It ranked number 53 on melon it won song of the year at the ninth melon music awards after the release of spring day they went on yet another tour the 2017 BTS live trilogy episode 3 the wings tour the tickets sold out within minutes including in the united states, the first k-pop artist to do so and went on to win best social artist at the billboard music awards, the first for a Korean artist but they would go on to win this award four years in a row.
The next year was a period of massive growth for both the group’s popularity as well as their style they released the love yourself series starting with love yourself her in September of 2017 love yourself tear in may of 2018 and love yourself answer in august of 2018.
Three albums that gave us some of the most classic bts songs that we know and love today such as mic drop. all three albums were commercial successes her being their first album to top two million album sales but tear and answer also did equally well these three albums, as well as their Japanese album, face yourself prove that they weren’t done yet, not even close during this time they shattered countless records, their singles went platinum, they topped charts, they won awards and not only did they break youtube records but also they broke records that they themselves set again and again and again.
This is the period where BTS really started enjoying global recognition working with huge western artists such as Nicki Minaj, designer, and steve Aoki it wasn’t their first time having international features on their songs but it was definitely the biggest, and even though they were already without a doubt the biggest act to ever come out of South Korea they had their eyes set even higher they went on tour once again for the love yourself world tour.
During this tour, they collaborated with Steve Aoki to make the song wasted on me notable for being their first all English feature and it also served as a jumping-off point for BTS to gain a following of English speakers not that they really needed the help as they sold out concerts even in the US leg of the tour including at Citi field in queens new york where tickets sold out in 20 minutes and as if that wasn’t enough they dropped the movie in November burned the stage which in us alone grossed 3.54 million in the first weekend breaking the record set by one directions movie this is us in September.
RM had the unique opportunity to speak at the united nations where he spoke of anti-violence and self-love two years later he would be offered to speak on a second occasion about persistence and hope in the face of challenges and to top it all off in October the president of South Korea awarded every member of BTS the fifth class hongwan order of cultural merit for outstanding meritorious services in the field of culture and art which is one of the highest South Korean orders of merit one can receive and that’s no exaggeration.
2019 estimates put BTS’s contribution to the south Korean economy to the tune of 4.65 billion dollars each year an equivalent to 0.3 of the country’s GDP they were the youngest to ever receive the honor. In 2019 BTS was invited to Grammys, time magazine, billboard. BTS entered a new era not an era of simply global recognition but global dominance april 12 2019 enter map of the soul persona first things first you can’t mention map of the soul persona without mentioning boy with love it was simple math what do you get when you cross the singer of one of the best charting songs of all time that went platinum 59 times in 13 different countries with without a question the most globally dominant pop group of all time well you get this less than an instant hit number eight on billboard hot 100 platinum in the us 21 music show wins number one on itunes and 67 different countries the most liked and the most viewed youtube video in the first 24 hours the fastest video to reach 100 million views a current view count of over one billion views seven boys one girl and seven different hair colors.
They were the talk of the town invited to talk show after talk show the second single on the album was make it right written by ed Sheeran himself including a version featuring lauv the album debuted at number one on gown and sold 3.2 million copies its first month and that’s only in Korea it became the best-selling album in South Korea ever it swept every major Korean music show winning album of the year in each one of them they followed up this legendary ep with the love yourself speak yourself world tour where they sold out both the rose bowl and the Wembley stadium in only an hour the only non-English speaking act to do so they even performed as a solo act in Saudi Arabia the first ford act to do that the last stop of their tour was at south Korea’s largest venue the Seoul Olympic stadium they ended up grossing 200 million dollars during this time.
They also created a visual novel style game for mobile devices called bts world where the player can interact with the members this also came with an original soundtrack with tracks unique to the game featuring western artists Zara Larsen charlie xzx and juice world for the tracks a brand new day dream glow and all night respectively. In december of 2019 the group swept the grand prizes for both the melon and Mnet music award shows the first artist to do that map the soul persona was legendary truly a marvel in modern music so how could bts follow up the best-selling album in south Korean history you may ask easy make an even better-selling album and that’s what they did with the map of the soul 7.
The album was released on february 21st of 2020 featuring the singles black swan and sold over 4.1 million albums in just the first week and the first Korean album to be certified as quadruple million on the gown music chart it debuted at number one on music charts all over the world including us, Korea, UK, Japan, and much of Europe it’s not an exaggeration to say that this album left a permanent mark on the world launching bts into legendary status and becoming the best-selling artist in south Korean history.
BTS had scheduled a map of the soul tour for April of that year which would have undoubtedly outsold their record-breaking tour only a year prior but unfortunately, the coveted pandemic caused the entire tour to be postponed including the show at the rose bowl which I was supposed to attend but that didn’t stop BTS who performed virtual concerts spoke at the dear class of 2020 graduation event from Youtube and released the Japanese version of their recent album with an original Japanese single stay gold and to top it all off this was only June at this point it was clear that bts had already dominated their home turf and they had topped the music charts all over the world.
This time their site was set for the very top remember that scene in the social network where mark and sean talk about how they don’t want a million dollars they want a billion dollars how they’re not interested in catching 14 trout but they’d rather catch an 800-pound marlin well that’s what they set their sights on the marlin the biggest music industry in the world the united states and at the top of that music industry number one on billboard hot 100.
This small group from a company that virtually no one had heard about eight years ago planned to take on goliath himself and dominate the American industry on their home turf and all they had to do was speak English on august 21st enter dynamite their first English single simultaneously performed better than anyone had expected but at the same time is exactly what we as an audience had come to expect from the legendary boy band themselves and they did it they reached number one on the u.s billboard hot 100, the global 200 and the global excluding us charge and they made sure that if you hadn’t heard of them before you definitely have now.
And if that wasn’t already the biggest flex on October 2nd they came out with savage love BTS remix with Jason’s Derulo getting number one on the billboard hot 100 again less than two months after already getting it the number one with dynamite and on the global 200 where they actually replace themselves at number one the first artist to do so ever.
Since then on November 20th their fifth studio album BE was released featuring the hit single life goes on BE was met with critical acclaim and hit number one on billboard 200 and the world albums chart the fifth bts album to do so along with topping worldwide charts in countries like Belgium, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, and of course their hometown south Korea and in spite of all these accolades perhaps the biggest winner was ‘life goes on’ a synth-pop showstopper encouraging its audience to continue living life even in the midst of a global pandemic the message was clear don’t give up life goes on.
It hit number one on the billboard hot 100 the third bts song to do so bts gave the fans what they wanted when life goes on. life goes on joined the exclusive club of only eight songs to ever top the billboard hot 100 that were not in English a title most recently held by Despacito but it was the first to do it in BTS’s native tongue Korean leap a bad bunny and tiny intentions by Justin Bieber coivo don white by bts, the same month the academy announced that BTS’s dynamite would be nominated for the best pop duo group performance along with songs by j Balwin Justin Bieber lady gaga and Taylor swift this marked the first time a Korean pop artist was nominated for a grammy.
In december bts was invited to sing for disney’s holiday sing-along and on new year’s eve big hit put on a new year’s concert where they performed again things looked really good for bts and their grammy nomination especially since on march 4th 2021 the official news came the international federation of the phonographic industry or IFPI announced bts as the global recording artist of the year an award given to the best-selling artist of 2020 period beating out nine other prominent western artists making them the first artist from korea but perhaps more importantly the first non-english artist to do so.
Later that month the Grammys the main event that everyone was waiting for finally arrived with baited breath bts and the world watched and well and the grammy goes to rain on me lady gaga ariana grande they didn’t win however they made history for being the first south korean artist to perform at the grammys after presenting at the grammys the year prior march 31 2021 big hit entertainment officially rebrands as hybe and completely revamps their organization bts now falls on their big hit music which is now a subsidiary of hybe labels a division of the hype corporation two days later hive acquires scooter bronze ithaca holdings scooter braun projects is a subsidiary of mythical holdings that manages several artists including ariana grande justin bieber jay baldwin carly rae jepsen black eyed peas demi lovato and others which means that those artists are now part of the same family as bts.
Then at long last bts announced their highly anticipated follow-up single to their smash english hit dynamite and that single was ‘butter’ may 21 2021 it didn’t disappoint the retro summer pop hit met immediate success and on may 26th the bts meal launched got the bts mill and McDonald yeah that happened.
June 16th bts releases their third Japanese compilation album known as bts the best, it instantly hit number one on japan’s oricon chart and sold over 1 million albums the first and only korean boy group so far to accomplish this feat the new japanese single film out was released two months earlier and debuted at number one on the oricon chart and as an interesting fact charted at 185 on the billboard 200 excluding us chart joining dynamite and life goes on making bts the only artist to ever have three songs in three different languages on the billboard 200.
On july 1st following an organizational restructuring the hype corporation announced that hitman bang our same hitman bang who got the boys together resigned as CEO of the company in order to focus on his passion for music production and while he is still the chairman of the board of directors he was replaced as CEO by Pak jiwan.
On july 7th bts became official models for louis vuitton as they walked the runway for part of their men’s fall winter 2021 collection they were named as ambassadors only two months prior and then for their teaser trailer they forgot to put v in the video and finally that brings us to july 9 permission to dance which was released only a month ago.
The hit song which was written by ed sheeran spreads positive vibes as the world starts to recover from the global pandemic its youtube debut saw 72.3 million views in the first 24 hours placing itself at number six of the top 10 most viewed music videos in the first 24 hours out of bts’s past five singles three of them have been fully in english and while this trend has been concerning for some fans who have been wanting more traditional korean pop songs.
There’s no denying that bts has enjoyed global recognition like no other international and particularly non-english group before them and that itself is a sign of success that can’t be ignored and as a fun fact there’s a line in the song referencing legendary singer-songwriter elton john when it all seems like it’s wrong to sing along he gave the song his personal approval.
So what makes bts so special how did they achieve all this k-pop is a genre that spans for at least 30 years and there have been hundreds of boy groups and hundreds of girl groups what did bts do to rise above all of them and break through to markets never before seen historically the boy band industry has been dominated by white english-speaking bands and the fact that bts has not only held their own but blew any sign of competition out of the water on a global scale can be attributed to nothing less than their talent hard work and a bit of a one in a million miracle they did it through their own blood sweat and tears so to speak around the world we see that boy bands have pretty much fallen into obscurity but bts is thriving and though i’ve said it this all before it’s worth saying again in contrast to other bands who would sing about romantic relationships with girls and what some would call predictable bubble gum pop tunes bts is continuously pushing the envelope and changing their styles.
According to an article by vulture.com they described this style as much less a successor for the backstreet boys and more of the successors of michael jackson whose choreography and charisma were unprecedented while of course there’s a lot of love for the angelic vocals of bts, rap has also played a very important part in creating their own style in stark contrast to the typical boy band where every member sings it’s so refreshing when you’re in the middle of a song and you hear rm’s raw rapping skills j-hope’s energy or suga’s soul put into every single line.
Interestingly enough at the first glance it seems that the success of bts was miraculous despite not being part of the big three but it can also be argued that their success was because of their separation from the big three their label big hit entertainment whose founder emphasizes artistic freedom more than anything else allowed them to make their own sound and going back to bts universe it’s not often that a k-pop group does something special with each of their songs and albums utilizing strong storytelling that can go beyond simply the song itself but rather interconnected with other songs and even other albums to create one large overarching story and not only do they all have their own expertise and performance but also each of them have had the experience of writing and producing their own music and they’re not afraid to let their style evolve over time.
BTS during their debut is such a far cry from wings era bts and current apts they also chose to tackle more adult issues instead of simply love and girls while they definitely didn’t have a shortage of those they also cover other very important issues such as mental health regret following your dreams hard work self-love and many many many others add that to the fact that as fans we can feel the authenticity of the members themselves they seem approachable bts seems like there’s a place for every type of fan and in this fast-paced world where things change at unthinkable speeds bts has stayed grounded and faithful to who they were and who they are those kids we saw on American hustle life along with their dreams and passions are the same men who stand before us today.
And while some artists like to keep their personal lives private bts gives us a look at their personal lives through their vlogs which allow us to become more connected to them than ever before what is truly amazing is that they’re doing this all while singing in their native tongue Korean their music holds so much power that it literally breaks through the barriers of language and no they’re not done yet they’ve shown that they’re capable of dominating music charts across the world and even reaching across the pacific ocean and conquering the music industry in the united states what’s next for them mars. In any case, they’ve only started in 2013 and BTS is as strong as it’s ever been and that’s our 2021 update there’s been lots of exciting news for the group so far and I’m gonna guess that 2021 will still have a lot of surprises waiting for us.
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Source: Asian Theory