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  1. https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/bts-jin-crystal-trophy-handsome-award/ "Jin Won A Trophy For Being “Worldwide Handsome”, So Now It’s Official" [Koreaboo] BTS‘s Jin has been “Worldwide Handsome” since birth, but now he has a gorgeous trophy to prove it. In December 2018, Jin was entered into a Top 10 list for the “Best Sculpted Face in the World” after having been selected from 18,000 male faces from 58 countries by 1,504,602 public votes. After much consideration, sculptor Radek Schick selected Jin as the winner for his beautifully balanced, symmetrical face and distinctive, plump lips. Jin’s prize? A crystal trophy with his own face engraved in it! Half of this rendition was taken from a photograph of Jin. The other half was rendered using 3D technology. At this time, it’s unclear whether or not this trophy will actually be sent to Jin, but he has the bragging rights to it all the same! For more of Mr. Worldwide Handsome, check out these viral moments. https://www.koreaboo.com/stories/every-time-bts-jin-gone-viral-just-damn-handsome/
  2. Read the full article at https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/bts/8491174/western-songwriters-discuss-working-on-bts-love-yourself-answer-album Random thoughts: - I wonder if that means Epiphany is fully composed by BTS own team/Korean team. - That attention for I'm Fine *happy tears*
  3. BTS Wins Artist And Album Of The Year At 2018 MAMA With 10 Awards In Total + Gives Tearful And Moving Speeches Dec 14, 2018 by J. K The 2018 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) wrapped up with touching speeches from BTS as they won two more Daesangs (grand prizes) from this year’s ceremony. On December 14, 2018 MAMA ended with its final show in Hong Kong. Two of the night’s Daesangs (grand prizes) went to BTS, as they received both Album of the Year (for “Love Yourself: Tear”) and Artist of the Year. This is the third year in a row that BTS has won the Artist of the Year award from MAMA, and their first Album of the Year award from the ceremony. BTS also received the Daesang for Worldwide Icon of the Year at the second 2018 MAMA ceremony on December 12. When receiving Album of the Year, BTS leader RM first said he wanted to give the honor of the award to all the ARMYs watching around the world. He went on to say, “Also, we’ve received the honor of the Album of the Year award this year. As well as the artists here today, there are also so many great artists who are struggling at this moment to create their albums. I don’t think that we’re receiving this award because we’re better or greater than them. So I want to give the honor to them too.” He continued, “There is someone I definitely want to talk about today. I think that this is the first time I’ve talked about this in detail. Our producing director Bang Shi Hyuk. When we were trainees who had nothing, you took us and fully supported us, giving us studios, practice rooms, and a dorm, and you believed in our potential. Also, when we didn’t have much to show in 2014, you told us, ‘Even before you debuted, I already thought of you as artists that will win a Daesang, and you will soon become the best group. I believe in you.'” RM said, “When we came out of his studio, we laughed a lot. We thought, ‘He must be going through a hard time lately.’ People around him also tried to stop him; they thought that such a great composer was putting an end to his career. Yet he believed in us so much when we had nothing, and I want to give this honor to him. We love you and respect you, and we’ll continue to work hard together with you.” Jungkook stepped up the microphone to first ask fans if they’d enjoyed their performances. He said, “We worked hard to prepare our performances while thinking about ARMY. We’ve received the Album of the Year award today. We really just wanted to become artists that you can be proud of, and it’s the same way now.” He shared that he wants to be a source of comfort and strength for everyone, and added, “In our hearts, ARMY is forever No. 1. Thank you so much, we love you.” BTS went on to receive the Artist of the Year award, their third Daesang from 2018 MAMA, and the group gave an emotional speech. J-Hope began by saying, “Before we came up on stage, I was really worried. I want to always show you the best side of me and not make any mistakes, so whenever we’re about to go up on stage, I get nervous as we prepare. This award is really —” He then began to cry, and was unable to continue speaking for a moment. “I think this year I would have cried whether or not we received this award,” he said in tears. “We went through so many hard times, and we received so much love from all of you, so I really wanted to make up for that. I’m so grateful, and I want to take this opportunity to thank my members who are here with me. Thank you. I love you.” Jimin then took a turn at the microphone and said, “ARMY! Thank you. In the past year, it’s possible that there were some tough things, right? As we went through them, we’d gather together and talk about it, and we were able to look back on things. When we did that, we realized that there are many people behind us and beside us. We wondered when so many people came to be by our side. As we thought about that, we realized that even though it’s hard, we can gather strength and be happy. So I want to say thank you to all of you.” Jimin continued, “Also, I really wanted to receive this award again in this spot. As I always say, the pride that you have for us is our pride. So next year, we will show you even better sides of ourselves, and repay you again with this award. Thank you. I love you!” V stepped up to say, “To the members’ mothers and fathers who are watching this, thank you for raising us,” before beginning to cry. “The fact that we’re able to receive this award is unbelievable. I will work hard so that I deserve this award. You give us these great awards at the end of each year. I really feel like even if I were born again, ARMY would be a precious gift to us. Thank you so much, I truly love you.” Suga then said, “Thank you, ARMY. I’m so happy to receive the Artist of the Year award. I think of this as an award given to us by the ARMY who always looks over us, and I will work harder. And I want to thank our families who brought these seven brothers into the world. 2018 was a year where I wondered if it was even possible to be this happy in my life. I’ll make 2019 an even cooler and happier year. Thank you.” Finally, Jin came to the microphone in tears. He said, “ARMY, I’m thinking about early this year. Early this year, we were having a really hard time mentally. So we talked together and worried about whether we should disband or not. But I’m so relieved that we found our resolve again and now we’re able to have these great results.” As he spoke, V next to him broke down in tears. Jin continued, “I’m so grateful to our members who found that resolve again, and I want to say thank you to my loving members and ARMY. Thank you.” BTS received 10 awards in total this year during 2018 MAMA Week. In addition to their three Daesangs, BTS took home a Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 award, the Favorite Male Dance Artist award, the Mwave Global Choice award, the TikTok Best Music Video award for “IDOL,” the Favorite Music Video award for “IDOL,” the Best Asian Style award, and the “I Seoul U” appreciation plaque during the Hong Kong red carpet. Congratulations to BTS! source
  4. BTS is now the first ever recipient of the Worldwide Icon of the Year award, a Daesang (grand prize) from the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)! On December 12, the second ceremony in this year’s MAMA was held in Japan, titled the 2018 MAMA Fans’ Choice in Japan. During the show, BTS received a Worldwide Fans’ Choice Top 10 award, the Favorite Music Video award for “IDOL,” and the Favorite Male Dance Artist award. The final award for the night was this year’s first MAMA Daesang, the Worldwide Icon of the Year award, which went to BTS. BTS’s Jin began their acceptance speech by testing the mic before screaming “ARMY!” to the laughter of his group members and screams of their fans. “I think it’s such an honor that ‘Worldwide Handsome’ is receiving the Worldwide Icon award,” he said. “Even just a few years ago, we were artists at a small agency. But now, thanks to a great opportunity, we met ARMY and became artists who are receiving this Daesang. Thank you so much. Also, we’re able to receive this award because of the efforts of BTS and because ARMY is together with us. I’ll love all of you forever. Thank you.” RM said, “Ah, ‘Worldwide Icon.’ Isn’t that talking about ARMY? In a truly ‘worldwide’ way, they support us from all over the world, and like how in Windows you have to click an icon to run a program, they’re always opening windows for us and making us run. I dedicate this Worldwide Icon award to them. Thank you.” He added in English, “Since this is a Worldwide Icon award, I give it to all of you guys, the ARMYs all over the world. Thank you so much.” Suga said, “We’re the first ones to receive this Daesang, right? I hope there’s one next year too. This is an award given to us by our fans. I’m so grateful, and thank you to our agency family. I love you!” At the 2018 MAMA Premiere in Korea on December 10, four awards went to people who worked with BTS: Big Hit Entertainment producer Pdogg, the agency’s founder Bang Shi Hyuk, choreographer Son Sung Deuk for “IDOL,” and MU:E for the art direction of BTS’s “Fake Love.” BTS will also be performing at 2018 MAMA in Hong Kong on December 14, where three more Daesangs will be announced. Check out their performances from the December 12 ceremony here! via Soompi
  5. BTS now has three music videos that have surpassed 400 million views on YouTube! On December 12, the music video for BTS’s “Dope” hit the milestone of 400 million views. The song was released on June 24, 2015 as part of BTS’s third mini album “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1.” “Dope” is BTS’s third music video to reach 400 million views, following “DNA” and “Fire.” Other Korean groups who have reached 400 million views on their music videos are BLACKPINK and TWICE. via Soompi
  6. Tracks by BTS and BLACKPINK were selected by the New York Times as some of the best songs of the year! On December 6, the New York Times released its rankings titled “The 65 Best Songs of 2018.” There are separate lists by two of the newspaper’s music critics, Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica, and their lists in total come to 65 songs. Jon Caramanica’s list has 31 rankings with some entries including multiple songs by the same artist. BTS and BLACKPINK are the only Korean artists to make the list. BTS comes in at No. 20 with their songs “Fake Love” and “Singularity.” BTS’s “Fake Love” is the title track off their May 2018 mini album “Love Yourself: Tear,” while “Singularity” is a solo track by member V that was the intro to that album. BLACKPINK’s “DDU-DU DDU-DU” grabs the No. 31 spot on the list. The song was released in June as the title track of their mini album “Square Up.” via Soompi
  7. In addition to data from Korea and Asia Pacific, Twitter released their overall year-end analysis, which declared BTS (@bts_twt) as the most tweeted about account in 2018. Narrowing it down a little more to just musicians, BTS still remains in the top, beating out Kanye West for first place. The exact rankings are as follows: 1. BTS (@BTS_twt) 2. Kanye West (@KanyeWest) 3. Drake (@Drake) 4. EXO (@weareoneEXO) 5. Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) 6. Cardi B (@iamCardiB) 7. Beyonce (@Beyonce) 8. Jimin Park (@jiminpark07) 9. Nicki Minaj (@NickiMinaj) 10. Rihanna (@Rihanna) Most liked Tweet of the year is also from BTS, which features member J-Hope taking on the #InMyFeelingsChallenge. This was also the Golden Tweet of the Asia Pacific region. via Soompi
  8. Twitter reveals the “#ThisHappened 2018: The Biggest K-pop Moments on Twitter in Asia Pacific,” showing the immense impact and engagement of fans on the platform once again. BTS, GOT7, and EXO are among the most popular artists in Asia Pacific, with fans excitedly taking to Twitter to tweet about their comebacks, concerts, songs, and more. The Golden Tweet (most retweeted tweet) in 2018 is by BTS @BTS_twt, featuring member J-Hope attempting the #InMyFeelingsChallenge. This challenge is a dance craze that swept the internet, with thousands of Twitter users, celebrity and non-celebrity alike, dancing to Drake’s hit song “In My Feelings”. One of the most talked about moments on Twitter in Asia is BTS’ #ENDviolence campaign with the United Nations Children’s Fund (@UNICEF), encouraging young people to use their voice to speak on world issues and #ENDviolence. Read more at Soompi
  9. K-pop’s popularity is starting to shape fashion worldwide Original Article by VOX Brands like Chrome Hearts and Moschino saw a spike in searches after K-pop stars wore them. The K-pop group BTS performs their hit “Idol” on The Tonight Show in September. To understand how influential K-pop is worldwide, look no further than social media. The 26th birthday of Jin, the singer-songwriter of Korea’s pop supergroup BTS, was by far the top Twitter trend globally Monday, garnering more than a million tweets. The Melon Music Awards, which honor Korea’s most popular musical acts, took place Saturday, and they too dominated Twitter as fans of groups like BTS, Blackpink, Mamamoo, and iKon gushed about the show. With roots in the 1990s, K-pop — a mix of pop, rap, electronica, and other genres with a South Korean twist — is affecting far more than social media trends and billboard charts. Fans of the music are taking up charitable causes, and according to the global fashion search engine Lyst, they are also wearing the same designers as their beloved K-pop idols. In its “Year in Fashion” report, which tracked more than 100 million searches from 80 million shoppers across the globe in 2018, Lyst identified K-pop stars as “major global fashion influencers.” It credits these performers with spiking searches related to brands like Moschino and Chrome Hearts after wearing them this year. The omnipresence of K-pop fans on social media around the world is fueling the trend as well as the importance of visuals in the genre. Bright colors and bold prints are the norm when it comes to K-pop acts, who have made fads of the most mundane (and unexpected) pieces of clothing. A campaign T-shirt from Rev. Jesse Jackson’s failed 1988 presidential runbecame a must-have in South Korea this year after rapper Moonbyul of Mamamoo wore it. And the introduction of makeup lines for men is largely due to K-pop, since many members of the boy bands use “guyliner,” lip tints, and brow fillers; it’s no coincidence that South Korea reportedly makes up 20 percent of the global men’s cosmetics market. As K-pop’s influence spreads, it has shaped fashion trends in a way music hasn’t seen since the genesis of American hip-hop, when brands like Adidas, Kangol, and Jordans became must-haves for listeners. Designers, according to Lyst, would be wise to embrace K-pop’s impact on fashion, an almost certainly lucrative move. Read more HERE
  10. K-pop rises in America, spreads culture Article by Northwest Missourian Many people listen to or at least have heard of the newest music sensation sweeping, not only America but the globe, that is Korean pop, also known as K-pop. K-pop became increasingly more popular after the K-pop boy band BTS or Bangtan Sonyeondan won the Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist, according to Billboard, beating out artists like Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes. International student and junior Nayeon Lee said it was a surprise BTS was the group that helped spread K-pop because in Korea, they were seen as just another boy group. “Well that’s a big question for me as well because when BTS first came out in Korea, everyone thought it was just another boy group that’s going to fade away soon,” Lee said. “No one thought they would become this big. It’s actually a surprise for everyone.” While BTS was not the first K-pop sensation to make it to an American main stage with predecessors like Girl’s Generation and PSY, they have kept the K-pop presence alive with many of their title tracks breaking into various Billboard charts. With BTS on the rise, other well-known groups like NCT and Got7 have followed suit with more appearances in American media like Vanity Fair along with live performances at news stations. With Hallyu or the Korean wave, spreading, the Korean entertainment industry has gained more traction from those looking for a change in their music. This wave has reached not only the coasts of the U.S. but also a bit of the Midwest. Lee said it’s amazing so many people have opened up to K-pop, especially in the Midwest. Continue reading HERE. --- Note : Northwest Missourian is a news site for Northwest Missouri State University.
  11. Yoon Jong Shin Says He Has BTS’s V In Mind For A Song He’s Written Original Article by SOOMPI Yoon Jong Shin is apparently a huge fan of BTS’s V‘s voice! On November 25, the famous singer-songwriter and music producer, who is also the founder and head of Mystic Entertainment, mentioned V during a live broadcast on YouTube. While talking about BTS and his hopes for a future collaboration, Yoon Jong Shin specifically praised V’s voice and revealed that he had written a song with the idol in mind. “I find V’s voice so amazing,” he enthused. “V. V’s voice is really charming. V’s voice, in particular.” “To be honest,” he went on, “I have a song that I’ve already written, and I’d like V to sing the beginning of it; it would sound great with his voice. V has a unique voice. It has a distinctive charm. That’s why I found his voice particularly charming.” V, in turn, has previously mentioned being a fan of Yoon Jong Shin’s music. During an interview in July, when he was asked to name a song he was interested in covering, V responded by choosing Yoon Jong Shin’s “Exhausted.” Would you be interested in seeing a collaboration between V and Yoon Jong Shin? Source (1) ---
  12. Kim Joon Ho Shares Sweet Text Messages He Exchanged With BTS’s V On “2 Days & 1 Night” Original Article by SOOMPI Kim Joon Ho showed how sweet BTS’s V is by sharing text messages they’d exchanged! The latest episode of KBS’s “2 Days & 1 Night” that aired on November 25 followed the cast as they tried their hand at live broadcasts. Ahead of his live show with Kim Jong Min and Lee Young Jin, Kim Joon Ho revealed that he had just exchanged some text messages with BTS’s V. He had sent the texts just before filming had started, and V replied with, “I’m sorry I read your message late, we were rehearsing choreography. Are you doing well?” V also showed his support for “2 Days & 1 Night” and added, “I hope you’re able to complete filming today with no injuries, and good luck on filming.” When he learned that the cast was filming a live broadcast, V asked, “Are our fans there? We purple you.” He also wrote out “We Purple U” in English for BTS’s international fans as well. When asked what that meant, V affectionately said, “It’s a phrase only known between us and ARMYs [BTS’s official fan club name].” Kim Joon Ho expressed his gratitude to V as he responded with, “I purple you, too.” V wrote back, “Me too, I love you. I hope you always have a good day.” With V’s text messages, the number of viewers watching Kim Joon Ho’s broadcast rose up to 2,300 people, and Kim Joon Ho shouted, “BTS forever!” as a show of gratitude. Catch up with “2 Days & 1 Night” below! --- Looking forward for this ep!! I'm an avid fan of 2D1N too so this is so wonderful <3
  13. BTS’s “Burn the Stage: The Movie” will have another run of screenings in theaters around the world! On November 23, Variety published an exclusive report that announced that the film will be getting a global theatrical encore. Distributor Trafalgar Releasing has stated that encore showings of “Burn the Stage: The Movie” will be in 1,400 cinemas around the world, on 2,696 screens in total. The encore run will start in the United Kingdom this weekend, and screenings in other territories will happen over the next few weeks. New screenings will be in the United States, Australasia, Germany, Latin America, Indonesia, and more, and the film will also be showing in India for the first time. Fans in the United States will be able to get tickets for the encore December 5 – 6 run of the film starting on Monday, and “Burn the Stage: The Movie” will be back in the AMC, Regal, and Cinemark theater chains. When “Burn the Stage: The Movie” was released for a limited run earlier this month, it set a new record by becoming the highest-attended event-cinema concert production of all time, beating the previous record-holder “One Direction: Where We Are.” It recorded 1.4 million worldwide admissions, while One Direction’s concert film reached 1.2 million admissions in 2014. Variety is predicting that the encore run of “Burn the Stage: The Movie” will allow the film to grab an all-time box office record for an event-cinema movie. It previously earned $14 million in theaters, as “One Direction: Where We Are” did before, and its encore screenings will most likely allow it to surpass the previous record. “Burn the Stage: The Movie” gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at BTS’s 2017 “WINGS” world tour, featuring both new and re-edited footage from BTS’s original YouTube Red series “Burn the Stage.” via Soompi
  14. Singer Ed Sheeran has revealed that a collaboration with BTS may be in the works! In a recent interview with Heat World, Ed Sheeran responded to tweets about him. One of the tweets he read said, “I want BTS x Ed Sheeran but when will they ever.” Ed Sheeran replied, “I actually wrote a song that I think they might be messing with. I heard this the other day. I don’t know. I really like BTS though, I think they’re great.” When BTS made their latest comeback with “IDOL” and their album “Love Yourself: Answer” in August, Ed Sheeran included a message to them in a post on his Instagram story. He wrote, “Congrats to BTS who are about to have an incredible week. Cool album x.” Are you hoping for a collaboration between Ed Sheeran and BTS? via Soompi
  15. BTS Breaks The Box Office Bank With 'Burn The Stage: The Movie' Nov 18, 2018 - Jim Amos (Contributor) Not content with merely owning the global music charts, Korea's most successful export, the boy band BTS, has now officially conquered the big screen as its full length film, Burn The Stage: The Movie, debuted to a scorching U.S. three-day weekend haul of $2.3 million. Couple that with Thursday's $1.2 million debut and the film's $3.54 million cume breaks the record for for highest grossing event cinema musical production, previously set in 2014 by the band One Direction. Fans of the K-Pop global sensation had been waiting for these showings for months. Per the film's distributor, Trafalgar Releasing, nearly $1 million in presales had been generated worldwide a week in advance with fan viewing parties set up across the globe. The film follows the band on its 2017 Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings tour and features both concert footage and interviews with the seven band members. The put the film's success into perspective, the per theater average on opening Thursday was higher than for any other film in the U.S. top 10 and its domestic weekend gross placed it #10 on the box office charts, despite limited showings and a theatrical landscape of only 620 locations versus 2,000-4,000 for the other top 10 releases. Overall it was a banner week for Trafalgar, who actually enjoyed a 1-2 musical punch on the event cinema front. On Wednesday night the company kicked off in-cinema concert week by bringing Coldplay: A Head Full Of Dreams to big screens across the world. That production amassed a global box office take of over $3.5 million and finished #1 for the day in several countries, #2 in the UK and #5 in the U.S., all from just one showing. Head Full of Dreams juxtaposes performances of iconic tracks such as Fix You and Viva La Vida with behind-the-scenes moments that reveal the band's friendship and brotherhood. source
  16. BTS has now topped Billboard’s Social 50 chart for 100 weeks in total! The week ending in November 17 marks the group’s 100th time at No. 1 on the chart, and they’re now the first group to ever reach the milestone since the Social 50’s creation in December 2010. The only other artist to reach triple-digit weeks topping the chart is Justin Bieber. Billboard’s Social 50 chart ranks artists based on data from music analytics company Next Big Sound, and it shows the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia, and Tumblr. It determines the ranking through a combination of weekly additions of friends/fans/followers with artist page views and engagement. BTS remains the artist with the second-highest number of weeks on the Social 50 chart, with Justin Bieber holding the record of 163 weeks in total at the top. In third place is Taylor Swift, who has come in first place a total of 28 times. BTS first took No. 1 on the Social 50 chart for the week ending in October 29, 2016. Since then, there have only been nine weeks (out of 109 in total) that BTS hasn’t been at No. 1! They also received the Top Social Artist award at the Billboard Music Awards in 2017 and 2018. Meanwhile, BTS is the only Korean artist to have taken No. 1 on Billboard’s top albums chart, the Billboard 200. They achieved this feat twice in 2018 with their albums “Love Yourself: Tear” and “Love Yourself: Answer.” BTS is also the only Korean group to have reached the top 10 of Billboard’s main songs chart, the Hot 100, as their song “Fake Love” came in No. 10 earlier this year. For the week ending in November 17, BTS’s “Love Yourself: Answer” spends its eleventh week on the Billboard 200, now at No. 66, while five releases by BTS (including one by leader RM) hold Top 15 spots on the World Albums chart. BTS is also currently at No. 4 on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart. via Soompi
  17. BTS’s Jimin spoke briefly to fans about the recent controversies surrounding the group. During BTS’s closing comments at the first “Love Yourself” concert at Tokyo Dome on November 13, Jimin said, “A lot of ARMYs and people around the world must have been surprised and worried because of recent events. My heart hurts.” He added, reminiscing about the group’s beginnings in Japan, “We held our first showcase at a small venue in Tokyo, and at the time, we were surprised at how ARMYs in Japan knew about it and came. We’ve come a long way since then to be here at Tokyo Dome today. I don’t think I’ll be able to forget this night with all of you, our first performance at Tokyo Dome. I’m so happy because we’re together with ARMYs. I hope you’re happy seeing us, too.” Previously, BTS was scheduled to perform “Fake Love” and “IDOL” on the November 9 broadcast of TV Asahi’s “Music Station.” November 8, “Music Station” announced a postponement of the appearance, referring to a t-shirt worn by Jimin depicting the detonation of an atomic bomb in Japan. The designer of the t-shirt said that the design was not meant to mock Japan, but simply portray historical events. He also commented on the postponement of BTS’s “Music Station” appearance, expressing his apologies to the group. Afterward, a Jewish human rights group raised issue with a 2015 photo shoot with BTS in which RM was photographed wearing a hat with a symbol of the Nazi Party and a concert performance (Seo Taiji’s 2017 anniversary concert) in which flags with symbols similar to the swastika were used. The stylist for the photo shoot commented on the hat, saying that it was not a personal belonging of any of the BTS members or something that the media outlet conducting the shoot had prepared. November 13, Big Hit Entertainment released an official statement addressing each of the issues, accepting responsibility for what happened, but also clarifying that there was no ill intent and that BTS does not support Nazism or radical political groups. via Soompi
  18. K-Pop Superstars BTS Have Been Ruled Ineligible For The Best New Artist Grammy By Hugh McIntyre | Nov 1, 2018, 06:55pm Original Article @ FORBES Eligibility for the upcoming Grammy Awards closed on September 30, which means that this is the time for predictions about who might snag a nomination or what songs and albums will be woefully ignored is now. Everybody seems to have an opinion about what deserves to be recognized, but when it comes to the most prestigious prize in the music industry, there are strict rules, and those boundaries can keep some popular chart-toppers from being recognized. One act that keeps appearing on many prediction lists is BTS, the K-pop group that made history (several times, in fact) in the U.S. this year. The band’s devoted fan base have been talking for months about a potential Best New Artist nomination, but sadly, that isn’t going to happen. According to a source close to the awards, BTS has been ruled ineligible for the coveted prize. Read more HERE --- Fam we rarely had a bad news but here is one
  19. UN Speech By BTS’s RM Used As Part Of School Curriculum In Various Countries Nov 5, 2018 | by R. Jun (jun2yng) | Original Article by SOOMPI Waves made by BTS on their world travels and their words of love and encouragement are continuing to reach youth around the world. In particular, RM’s historical speech at the 73rd UN General Assembly for the launch of UNICEF’s “Generation Unlimited” initiative — in which he urges everyone to “find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself” no matter their skin color or gender identity — has found its way to school tests and curriculums in Korea, the U.S., Singapore, and Vietnam. One Korean high school’s midterm English exam asked students to read RM’s speech and select the correct order of the following paragraphs: Continue reading HERE --- That pride
  20. Watch: BTS Thanks ARMY For “Love Myself” Campaign 1-Year Anniversary + Raises 1.6 Billion Won Nov 2, 2018 | by K. Lew Original Article by SOOMPI BTS and UNICEF have achieved an amazing feat through the “Love Myself” campaign. On November 2, a source from UNICEF Korea stated, “In the one year since UNICEF and BTS spoke together to eradicate violence against children, we have raised over 1.6 billion won (approximately $1.4 million) and will continue to spread positive influence through [activities] such as the UN General Assembly ‘Speak Yourself’ speech.” In the past year, UNICEF, Big Hit Entertainment, and BTS worked together to support the #ENDviolence campaign, which aims to end violence against children and young people. As part of the #ENDviolence campaign, “Love Myself” is an advocacy campaign that aims to spread a positive influence on society, sharing the message, “The beginning of true love is with love for yourself.” With this positive and influential message, Big Hit Entertainment, BTS, and ARMYs all over the world showed their support through donations to the campaign. In a video thanking ARMY for the first anniversary of the “Love Myself” campaign, BTS remarked, “Hello, we are BTS. Today, on November 1, it has been one year since BTS and Big Hit started the ‘Love Myself’ campaign. Thanks to ARMY, the ‘Love Myself’ campaign was able to spread all over the world the past year. Do you remember the ‘Love Myself’ campaign message? It talks about the importance of loving yourself, how to love others, and making a better world.” BTS continued, “We would like to thank ARMYs all over the world who participated in this campaign. Thanks to everybody’s interest and participation, this campaign was successful and we were able to go the UN.” On his speech at the 73rd UN General Assembly, RM commented, “It was an honor. I never imagined that I would be able to stand at the United Nations General Assembly, let alone give a speech. I’ve said this before, but it was to the point my hands were shaking.” They concluded by saying that they hoped people would continue to show attention to and support the “Love Myself” campaign. Continue reading on SOOMPI ---
  21. Kookmin capitalizes on BTS popularity 2018-11-02 17:26 | Lee Kyung-Min | Original Article by Korea Times KB Kookmin Bank continues to enjoy brisk success after hiring popular boy band BTS as spokesmen for the company. The once-disputed choice to hire a young pop band to represent a financial firm, which has long sought to be associated primarily with conservative and strict values to maintain credibility with customers, turned out to be a full-fledged business strategy with much foresight, according to the bank. As of Oct. 9, the number of holders of its installment savings account, KB X BTS, jumped to 124,386, a near four-fold increase compared to other regular savings account from a year earlier. The amount in the accounts totals 67.5 billion won ($59.3 million). The number is "remarkable," given the bank usually lands only about 30,000 accounts a year, according to an official from the bank. "Given it has been only about four months since we launched the BTS-targeted bank account, the number is expected to increase further by the end of this year," the official said. The marketing strategy includes an interest rate that is a 0.1 percentage point higher than the usual 1.7 percent fixed rate on the band members' birthdays and the day the group was established. "The account holders are given eight such bonuses a year as the group has seven members. The amount installed on those days increase over five times than usual." The notable domestic success aside, KB is also increasingly buoyed by the worldwide brand recognition thanks to the boy band, now becoming a household name as a global pop sensation. "The primary goal for us to hire well-known public figures is to maintain and improve a positive brand image and recognition. Hiring BTS in that sense was a resounding success," the official said. The number of subscribers to KB's Youtube channel starring BTS more than tripled from 8,000 in March to 26,000 in October. An online advertisement starring BTS has recorded over 10 million views thus far. "BTS fans watched the online ads and posted comments under the clip, asking what KB was, and others replied telling them that it is a Korean bank. It is great for us that many foreigners get to know who we are through celebrities they love," she added. The growing global recognition will help the bank whose top priority is digitalization and globalization. "We think BTS is the perfect model that symbolizes both. We hope our brand will be associated with positive image along with the band's success." ---
  22. Steve Aoki says BTS demonstrates Asian potential to the world 2018/11/01 09:59 | Original Article by YONHAP NEWS SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Yonhap) -- Japanese-American musician Steve Aoki said that K-pop boy band BTS has successfully demonstrated the high potential Asian artists have to the world. "Just like (Chinese-American) actor Bruce Lee ruled the world 50 years ago, BTS broke down the cultural barriers. They represented Asians, while they sang only in the Korean language and demonstrated Asians' potential," Aoki said in a written group interview with Korean media outlets, distributed by Sony Music in the Korean language. The 41-year-old DJ and pop icon released his new song, "Waste It on Me," last week in collaboration with BTS, their third joint work after the remix version of BTS' highly popular 2107 song "MIC Drop" and "The Truth Untold," a track off BTS' album "Love Yourself: Tear." This photo of Steve Aoki is provided by Sony Music. (Yonhap) Aoki said he tremendously enjoyed working with BTS for the third collaboration. "I first met BTS around May 2017. They were already making big changes to the world. ... I invited them over to my house and had a bromance," he said, adding that the invitation led to their first collaboration on "MIC Drop." When he first received BTS' vocal recording of "Waste It on Me," the voices were so good that he did not want to modify it in any way, Aoki noted. "When I work with other artists, I have to go through several adjustments and feedback. But with BTS, I did not want to spoil the pure sentiment their voices were carrying." Aoki said it's "jaw-dropping" to see the success of their first collaboration on "MIC Drop." BTS' recently sold-out American and European legs of the "Love Yourself" world tour is an unprecedented record in history, which even English-speaking singers have not been able to achieve, he said. "It's a record that would look still historic even if you look back some 20 years from now," he said. "I am grateful that I could be with them in the process to make it possible for Asians to conquer the mainstream (culture)." BTS' sensational success on the globe conjured up hopes and dreams, especially for Asians, that "If you continue to work hard, you can achieve results," he said. In addition to BTS, the DJ said he also wants to work with other K-pop artists, citing Monsta X and CL among others. This photo of Steve Aoki is provided by Sony Music. (Yonhap) pbr@yna.co.kr ---