They were the first K-Pop band to have a No1 album in the UK and the US last month, and in just over a week they will play two shows at Wembley stadium that sold out in minutes – so how have so many people STILL not heard of BTS?
BTS – an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene” – debuted on the 13th of June 2013 (in South Korea) with their album 2Kool4Skool.
Coming from a poor agency, they are one of the few K-Pop bands to produce and compose their own music, and they quickly started to gain recognition for it.
Now, they are multi-award winners, receiving Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, Kids’ Choice awards… and MANY more.
They also hold two Guinness World Records for the most twitter engagements – which means they have MILLIONS of fans, known as the ARMY.
The group – featuring seven members, RM, JIN, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jung Kook, all born in the 1990s – started out with a hip hip style which later on shifted into cuter concepts.
Their fame and success has not been achieved without a lot of hard work.
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In their YouTube series Burn the Stage, fans see the perfectionist members get frustrated at themselves for making mistakes during rehearsals, and the youngest member Jung Kook collapse from exhaustion.
They are also known for producing albums about mental health, depression, and their most popular concept: loving yourself.
They write about those issues to encourage people to accept themselves for who they are, this is very important to them because some members have a first hand experience with this.
Jimin used to struggle with body image, and that insecurity lead to depression which then lead to him starving himself.
He once admitted: “I only ate one meal for 10 days. I still diet consistently.”
The group’s oldest member, Jin, supported him to help him overcome this. Some concerned fans believe they do not have enough time to rest.
Incidents like these inspired their albums today – and many fans have said how much BTS help them cope with their mental health through their honesty.
BTS have even addressed the UN, encouraging young people to “speak yourself”, which came after their UNICEF love yourself campaign.
On their world tour they perform in the UK for only the second time on June 1st, expect to hear about it: fans are known to camp out for days just to get a glimpse of them.
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