BTS (Bangtan Boys) – All You Need To Know About Them

Popularly known as BTS, Bangtan Sonyeondan, is a South Korean boy band that debuted in 2013 under the entertainment company Big Hit Entertainment. The seven-member group comprises of four vocalist and three rappers, each with their unique vocal colours and rapping styles. Debuting as a hip-hop group with humble beginnings, the group has in the last six years garnered itself the title of the biggest boy band in the world and has a discography ranging over various musical styles and genres. The band has and continues to set and break many milestones and records in the music industry and spread their social messages through their music.


The Members


RM OR Kim Namjoon

The leader and main rapper, RM is often the spokesperson of the group as the only member fluent in English. RM began his music endeavors in middle school as an underground rapper named ‘Runch Randa’ and later joined a group of rappers ‘Daenamhyup’, till he was scouted and became the first member of BTS back in 2010.

Jin OR Kim Seokjin

A lead vocalist and one of the visuals of the group, Jin became a trainee under the agency with no previous experience in music or dancing but as an acting major in a prestigious university in Seoul. Having been scouted previously by another entertainment company for his good looks, Jin ultimately was street cast by and joined Big Hit Entertainment.

Suga OR Min Yoongi

One of the lead rappers of the group, Suga began his musical career as an underground rapper and producer named ‘Gloss’ in high school. He quickly garnered a name for himself in the underground scene and eventually auditioned for Big Hit wishing to join as a producer, however seeing his talent in rapping, he was convinced to become a trainee.

J-Hope OR Jung Hoseok

One of the main dancers, lead rappers and a sub-vocalist of the group, before joining the agency, J-Hope was a member of a dance crew named ‘Neuron’. Having auditioned for another entertainment company first, he eventually ended up joining Big Hit as a dancer and developed his skills as a rapper.

Jimin OR Park Jimin

The main dancer and lead vocal of the group, before joining Big Hit, Jimin was the top dance student in the Busan School of Arts. Encouraged by his teacher to audition, Jimin was selected as a trainee and moved to Seoul. Jimin was the last member to join the group as well as the trainee with the shortest amount of training!

V OR Kim Taehyung

One of the visuals, lead vocalist and lead dancer of the group, V was the most unexpected addition to the group since he never actually auditioned but merely accompanied his friend! However, seeing him there, he was encouraged by a staff member to audition and was selected for his various charms. He remained a hidden member of the group till their debut.

Jungkook or Jeon Jungkook

The youngest of the group, Jungkook is the Main vocalist, lead dancer, sub-rapper and center of the group. He was scouted by seven different entertainment companies but ended up joining Big Hit as he was very impressed and inspired by RM. He is often known as the Golden Youngest of the group because of his various talents.


History and Struggles


When BTS was formed, Big Hit Entertainment was at the edge of bankruptcy. Naturally, the group had to suffer the many hardships and consequences of coming from a small company in an industry that was monopolized by big names and big money.


Where the K-Pop scene was filled with groups with huge budgets and brand names, BTS suffered the harsh realities of coming from a nearly broke company where they all had to live in a small dorm and struggle to make ends meet.

However, the financial troubles weren’t the only adversities that the group had to go through. BTS broke the mold of the traditional K-POP idols, by being a hip-hop group with an idol set-up and music that was different from the conventional, and a result of this they suffered much lash back from the industry as well the general public who believed that they couldn’t make it. Consequently, their debut album ‘2 Kool for Skool’ sold only 24,000 copies and didn’t do well on the charts. Unfavorable performance on the charts, however, was only a little part of their struggles. The group’s performances were often cut from the many music shows and they were constantly scrutinized for the smallest things. These obviously brought with them the fear of disbandment, but they kept trudging on.


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Things began to look better for the group in terms of commercial success with their album ‘The Most Beautiful Moments of Life Pt1.’ While their single ‘I Need U’ earned them their first music show win in Korea, their single ‘Dope’ appeared at no.3 on Billboard’s World Digital Songs Chart and became their first music video to gain more than 100 million views. Their successive EP ‘The Most Beautiful Moments in Life Pt.2’ topped the Billboard World Albums chart and maintained that position for weeks, making BTS the first K-pop act to have achieved so. However, despite these successes, the group still suffered many prejudices from the music industry and the public in Korea. One of the biggest controversies the band had to face was the accusations that their album sales were a result of Big Hit buying their albums themselves. During this time, they also were accused of plagiarism of concepts and even hair colours. Although all accusations were ultimately debunked as ridiculous, it was a dark and tough time in the history of the group.


Mainstream Success and Western Recognition


The release of their repackaged album ‘You Never Walk Alone’ and it’s lead single ‘Spring Day’ garnered BTS much commercial success and critical praise. The song topped eight major South Korean online music charts and entered US Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles chart. During this same period, BTS began their second world tour following which they attended the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and became the first Korean group to be awarded a Billboard Music Award by winning the Top Social Artist.

Succeeding ‘You never walk alone’, BTS’ ‘Love Yourself’ series saw its beginning with their EP ‘Love Yourself: Her’ which saw collaborations with big names such as Steve Aoki, The Chainsmokers, and Desiigner. The EP became a commercial success, debuting at NO.7 on the Billboard 200 while the lead single ‘DNA’ entered the Billboard HOT 100 chart at 85, a feat no K-POP band had achieved before. Their performance on the American Music Awards in November 2017 portrayed a fine image of their growing international success and fame.

The debut of their third Korean studio-album ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ earned them No.1 on the Billboard 200, becoming the highest-charting album by an Asian act. Their following repackage and the conclusion of the Love Yourself series, ‘Love Yourself: Answer’ was certified gold by the RIAA in November of 2018. Their 2019 release ‘Map of The Soul: Persona’ brought them their third consecutive No.1 at the Billboard 200 and all within a year, a feat that had not been achieved since The Beatles in 1995-96. The band’s lead single ‘Boy with Luv’ ft. Halsey became the most viewed video within 24 hours on YouTube and the song debuted at No.8 on Billboard Hot 100, making them the first Korean group to have achieved so. Following its release, the band promoted the EP and performed on many mainstream shows like The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice.

Awards and Achievements


Over a career of six years so far, the group has garnered a total of 211 awards out of 322 nominations, making them the most awarded Korean group. Among the 211 awards are included 4 Billboard Music Awards (Top social artist 2017-19 and Top duo/group 2019), an American Music Award, and 23 daesangs, or grand prizes. BTS also has 2 RIAA certified platinum and 3 gold singles and a gold album in the US while having two multi-million and a million album in South Korea. The band’s 2019 release ‘Map Of The Soul: Persona’ also remains the best-selling album of Korea of all time.

The group also had the honour of being the youngest recipients of the Order of Culture Merit, awarded by the President of South Korea for spreading the Korean culture and language. BTS’ yearly effect on South Korea’s economy is estimated to be ₩5.5 trillion, with them being attributed for the visit of about 790,000 tourists a year.

In May 2019 the group began their stadium world tour ‘Love Yourself: Speak Yourself’ and performed in historical venues including Wembley Stadium, Rose Bowl, State de France and many more with all sold-out shows.

The band members all also became a part of the Recording Academy in 2019 in recognition of their contribution to the music industry while their album ‘Love yourself: Tear’ was nominated for a grammy.


A.R.M.Y: The Fandom That Made It All Possible


The fans of BTS or as they are called, Armys, are one of the most diverse, loyal, and charitable fandoms. A huge mass of people that have only grown over the years, Army stands alongside BTS, supporting them and aiding them in all their achievements. Contrary to the stereotypical image of boybands’ fans being made up generally of teenage girls, Army boasts of a diverse fandom made up of people of different ages, genders, races, and cultural identities.

The fandom has set and broken the record for The Most View Music Video on YouTube multiple times and manages to surpass their own streams with every successive release, making the band the first Asian act to surpass 5 billion streams on Spotify and the most followed Korean act on Spotify with 10 million followers. Of course, it is also the grand multitude of fans themselves that fill up each and all of the concert seats of the band and sing along to the hopeful messages of BTS’ songs.

Armys are also well known and much appreciated for the various charity projects they do in the name of the band and the fandom itself including donations to many animal welfare organizations, Red Cross, Gift of life, and many more. Every year the birthdays of the members are marked by several charity projects by the fandom as well as positive online ventures. The fandom has gained much recognition for their philanthropic actions.  

Almost motherly protective of the band, the fandom is also known for their intolerance towards hatred and xenophobia directed towards the band and their continuous efforts to spread BTS’ positive message among the masses.


The Message of BTS

Famous for the social commentary that finds a place in their lyrics, BTS’ songs do not shy away from talking about topics that break away from the norm of the music industry. Deriving inspiration from literature, history, psychology and the world itself, issues such as the broken education system, mental illness, social expectation, and fake social personas can often be found in the lyrics of the band’s songs. In their recent ‘Love Yourself’ series, the group talks about the importance of self-love above all and accepting oneself as they are. In songs such as ‘Sea’ AND ‘Born Singer’, the lyrics speak of the struggle the members endured throughout their career and how they are stronger for it. 


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BTS’ message isn’t however limited to their songs.  As UN Goodwill Ambassadors, BTS launched an anti-violence campaign-‘Love Myself’- in partnership with the Korean and Japan committee of UNICEF under which 3% of the total album sales of the Love Yourself series were donated to fund programs preventing violence against children and teens and supporting the victims of violence. It was announced on November 2018 by UNICEF that the campaign had managed to raise $1.4 million. The leader, RM, also spoke on behalf of the group about the campaign and self-acceptance and the importance of speaking yourself at his speech at the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations.


Why is BTS So Loved?

Keeping even their philanthropy and their ideologies aside, there is still much left to be loved about a group made up of seven very talented and humble men. Frequently praised for their genuineness, hard work and dedication, BTS has managed to show organic growth from broke rookie to stadium selling artists on the basis of these very qualities. Couple that with a loyal fandom that represents the same values and you’ve got a combination that screams success. The humongous growth of the group can also be attributed to their diverse discography that presents a plethora of genres, and music videos that are more stories in themselves than mere accompaniments to their music. 

It can be said undoubtedly that BTS has managed to break into several tightly knit industries and past the many cultural and language barriers to show that the language of music is truly, universal.


Ready To Check Out BTS?!


 So far the group has released six studio albums, six EPs and four compilation albums, not including the single releases and the members’ solo mixtapes.

Varying in genres, the discography offers something for everyone.


  • 2 COOL 4 SKOOL (2013)
  • O!RUL8,2? (2013)
  • Skool Luv Affair (2014)
  • DARK&WILD (2014)
  • The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 1 (2015)
  • The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 2 (2015)
  • The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever (2016)
  • WINGS (2016)
  • Love Yourself: Her (2017)
  • Face Yourself (2018)
  • Love Yourself: Tear (2018)
  • Love Yourself: Answer (2018)
  • Map Of The Soul: Persona (2019)
  • BTS World: Original Soundtrack


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