Maybe you’re one of the OG stans or someone slowly being pulled into the BTS phenomenon. Either way, this is a band that truly needs little to no introduction.
When BTS debuted in 2013, they did what no other boy band has achieved so far. Their fan following went beyond borders, age, language and communication barriers. They became the best-selling artists in South Korean history with the best-selling album in South Korea of all time. They’re also the first Korean group to top the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S. In fact, they’re the first K-pop group since The Beatles to have three albums reach the No. 1 spot in a single year. That’s why BTS is famous among teenagers and adults alike.
But, just in case you’ve been living in a BTS-free bubble this whole time, here’s a quick introduction to the band and their impact so far.
Who is BTS?
BTS (방탄소년단: Bangtan Sonyeondan), also known as Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band which was formed in 2010. They debuted their first single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, in 2013 followed by their first Korean-language studio album, Dark & Wild. The band comprises seven members — Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook —all of whom are now very well known within the K-pop universe.
Since its inception, the band has inspired so many with their art. They’ve sold out stadiums, earned millions in Spotify streams and even spoken at the United Nations as the Republic of Korea’s Special Presidential Envoys for Future Generations and Culture. It’s really no surprise then that this band has had such a meaningful global impact. If this hasn’t converted you into a true BTS fan already, these next 5 reasons will.
5 reasons why BTS is so popular
1) They can do it all
While the band did start out as a hip hop group, over time they’ve evolved and refined their art. They’ve experimented with music genres and are known to be intimately involved in the entire music & song creation process. They not only co-write their songs but co-produce them too. The band comprises talented dancers and their fans are often enchanted by their choreography. What’s even more interesting is that three of the band members — RM, Suga and J-Hope — are exceptional rappers too!
2) They do good & give back
As a band with such a massive reach, they’ve made sure to use their power responsibly. They have contributed to several charities and launched multiple philanthropic endeavors. Most notably, their Love Yourself campaign in which they joined hands with UNICEF Korea to #EndViolence against children and teenagers, with the hope of making the world a better place through their music.
Besides group donations, each of the members has also donated to various charitable causes over the years. After the group’s partnership with UNICEF, Jin made secret donations monthly. Suga has donated $90,000 to the Korea Pediatric Cancer Association and 329 dolls he designed, under the name ARMY. On the other hand, J-Hope and Jimin’s donations often support education.
3) They inspire their ARMY to do good
Through their work, they’ve set a great example for today’s teens and youth, encouraging them to be socially responsible and active. For instance, when the band donated $1,000,000 USD to the Black Lives Matter movement, their loyal fanbase matched their total donation within 24 hours.
Their fans have also donated a total of 30 million South Korean won (approximately $26,373) to the Hope Bridge Korea Disaster Relief Association in BTS’ name to help the victims of the Gangwon Province wildfire. The list goes on.
4) They have a stellar ARMY
Talking about their fans, the band has an undoubtedly strong, loyal and dedicated fanbase, who are referred to as their ARMY. Interestingly, ‘ARMY’ is an acronym for ‘Adorable Representative M.C for Youth’ — a fitting title, given their actions. This is because the band has always taken the time to connect with their fans, whether it’s through their conversations, actions or lyrics. In return, the fans have been loyal because the band is relatable, original and always kind.
5) They keep things real
Most of the songs that the band is known to write often focus on personal or social commentary which touches upon themes of mental health, standing out as individuals, coming of age and loving oneself. They’re all about making their fans feel stronger. A lyric from one of their songs, Light, reads as: “But it’s okay sometimes to show weakness, it’s okay to be you”. As a band, they know how to make their fans feel like they matter and that’s how they relate to a vast array of age groups.
Looking for a playlist featuring the best of BTS?
Here are our top 10 BTS songs that are worthy of featuring in your go-to tracklist, in no particular order:
- Blood, Sweat & Tears
- Pied Piper
- Mic Drop
- Am I wrong
- Attack on Bangtan
- Silver Spoon
- Boy with Luv
Summing it up
As a teenager dipping your toes into new experiences or discovering where your real taste in music lies, BTS is a great band to dive into. They’re a wonderful influence, their music is relatable and we’ve got a lot to learn from them.
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