Bangtan Sonyeondan: Global Sensation and How they Dominate the Music Industry

BTS is a seven member South-Korean boy-band. BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan literally meaning Bulletproof Boy Scouts. The group was formed in Seoul, South Korea. They debuted on 13 June 2013 with their first single “No More Dream” which came from their first album “2 Cool 4 Skool”. Their work consists of genres such as K-pop, Hip hop, R&B, EDM and rock. The group formed by producer Band Si Hyuk has 7 members:

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RM: Kim Namjoon or RM is the leader of the group. He is the only member to speak fluent English and is the main rapper.

Jin: Kim Seokjin or Jin is a sub-vocalist in the group. He is also popularly known as “World Wide Handsome”.

Suga: Suga or Min Yoongi is the lead rapper in the group.

J-Hope: Jung Hoseok popularly known as J-Hope is one of the three rappers in the group.

Jimin: Park Jimin or simply Jimin is the lead vocalist for the group.

V: Kim Taehyung or V is the sub-vocalist. He is also one of the youngest members in the group.

Jungkook: Jeon Jung kook (Jungkook) main vocalist.

Image: [L to R] BTS members Suga, V, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, J-Hope.
Their first album “2 Cool 4 Skool” was followed by the second EP “O!RUL8,2?” which was finished off with “Skool Luv Affair.”

BTS continued their hard work and practice despite all the hate and criticism they received. They continued working on their dream without giving up becoming an inspiration and role model for many today. Through their tough times they had their devoted and supportive fan base ARMY by their side who showed love and support to them in many ways. In the start they may not have had a big following but their hard work has paid off now as they have impressed and amazed many with their talents. Now they have a much bigger following with fans all around the world cheering for them.

They have broken and set countless records and they continue to do so. A few listed below:

  • Billboard Music Award Top Social Artist 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Mnet Asian Award for Artist of the Year 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Billboard Music Award Top Duo/Group 2019
  • People’s Choice Award for Favorite Song 2018 (IDOL)
  • Mnet Asian Music Award for Best Asian Style 2018, 2017

In 2016 the group won their first Daesang (Grand prize the most prestigious in Korean Music). They won “Album of the Year” at MMA, on Nov 19th. This was a big achievement for the group and a proud moment for both the group and ARMY’s. Till now, in total they have won 24 daesangs. They won “Artist of the Year” a month later at MAMA. BTS continued to impress everyone with 3 daesangs in 2017, 13 in 2018 and 6 in 2019.

The group has also collaborated with western artists such as Chainsmokers “Best of Me”, Steve Aoki “Mic Drop”, “The Truth Untold”, Nicki Minaj “Idol”, and Halsey “Boy With Luv” from their new album Map of Soul: Persona released on April 12th 2019.The new single became the most viewed YouTube video in 24 hours, most viewed YouTube music video in 24 hours and most music video in 24 hours by a K-pop group.

On September 24th 2018, BTS’s leader RM gave a powerful speech at UNICEF about Self-Love and speaking yourself to empower young people. His speech was used as educational and test material in many countries. This was after releasing the “Love Yourself” albums and partnering up UNICEF for the “Love Myself” campaign in 2017. “Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself”-RM. They became the first K-pop group to do so.

BTS were also invited to the Grammy Awards 2019 where they presented the award to H.E.R for the best R&B album.

One thing people love about the group is the love ARMY and BTS have for each other.

They have inspired many with their work and great personalities earning them respect worldwide. No one would have thought this small boy band from South-Korea who at one point had to share one dorm would now be popular worldwide selling out some of the biggest stadiums such as Wembley, Citi Field and Rose Bowl.

As an ARMY myself I love how dedicated they are and how passionately they do what they love. They work hard and always give the best of themselves. Everything from their song production, music video quality and choreography amazes me. I’ve not been an ARMY for a long time but I definitely am happy that I found about BTS. The way they present their messages in their songs and how meaningful the lyrics actually are really impresses me. Everything from the lyrics to the music video fits perfectly together. BTS also has absolutely outstanding stage performances proving how amazing and talented each one of them is.

I’m happy to see how BTS and K-pop generally is spreading in Pakistan, making me find many more ARMY’s around me. I’m sure BTS are an inspiration to many other fans around me and that they have shown us to do what we love and not give up on our dreams. As in the end we will achieve our goals. BTS have definitely earned the respect and recognition they deserve.

Image: [L to R] V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Jimin, J-Hope as they pose for the camera.

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