This past Sunday the AMAs 2017 was airing on TV, and among the list of performers was a group named BTS. The name doesn’t sound familiar? It’s okay, they’re actually a group from Korea. You would assume that many people might not know who they are, but you’d be wrong. The AMAs was filled with BTS fans, or ARMYs as they call themselves, both inside and outside the venue. Not to mention they were the top trending topic of Twitter the ENTIRE NIGHT. So who are these boys and how did we not know about them before?
To start off, BTS (which stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, also know as Bangtan Boys) is a 7-member male Kpop group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. The boys debuted in 2013 with their two title tracks “No More Dream” and “We Are Bulletproof Pt.2”. Their debut had heavy hip-hop influence, but as the years have gone by, their music style has also embraced more pop and EDM influences. The members’ stage names are Jin, Jimin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, V, Suga, and J-Hope, and their ages range from 20 to 24. As mentioned in a People article, they boys are heavily involved in the creative process, from lyric to music composition, and “they also make sure the songs they put out have a strong message — often pushing back on the social norms of conservative society. From takes on bullying, mental health, and the pursuit of happiness, the band’s music often stress the importance of rejecting society’s ideals.”
left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope
The group was doing well in South Korea, just like most groups; their native fan base was huge and impressive. However, 2016 was when the international fame started to really set in. Their 2016 album, Wings, was ranked 26 on the Billboard 200, and this year’s album release Love Yourself: Her debuted at number 7 on the Billboard 200, marking it the highest rank for an Asian artist in history! According to Forbes, BTS was also listed as the most retweeted artist on Twitter in March 2016, which probably lead the group to attend the 2017 Billboard Awards, where they were nominated and won the award for Top Social Artist, beating out top celebs like Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez. Not to mention that not even 24 hours ago Guiness World Records announced that BTS earned a spot in this year’s Guiness World Record 2018 edition for having the world’s most Twitter engagements for a music group. The BTS fan club, named ARMYs, are no joke. The group has two Twitter handles, @bts_bighit with 7.17M followers and @BTS_twt with 10.3M followers.
This huge growth in fame propelled the group to be invited to perform at the 2017 American Music Awards, which was the groups first American award show performance ever! Not to mention they also went on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and are set to be on Ellen in the next few days. Looks like now all of Hollywood is fangirling over these boys! Just look at all the celebs at the AMAs tweeting about BTS:
— THE CHAINSMOKERS (@TheChainsmokers) November 20, 2017
— JARED LETO (@JaredLeto) November 20, 2017
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— Ansel Elgort (@AnselElgort) November 20, 2017
Trust me, if it were up to us, we could write a whole novel on how phenomenally talented these boys are. As the world becomes more globalized, music starts to cross national boundaries, and to be honest, we are totally okay with that. Who doesn’t want to listen to amazing music? Congrats to BTS and their recent milestone at the AMAs, we can only expect bigger and better things from them in the future! Check down below for their music video for their title track “DNA” off the Love Yourself: Her album, and make sure to check them out on Spotify and Apple Music.