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  1. Big Hit Producer Pdogg Shares What It’s Like To Create Music With BTS by E. Cha (original page) As BTS’s popularity continues to soar worldwide, Big Hit Entertainment producer Pdogg shared his thoughts on the group’s success. Pdogg, who recently won the Best Producer Award at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards, is the producer behind many of BTS’s greatest hits. Some of his most famous songs include “Fire,” “I Need U,” “Boy in Luv,” “Run,” “Dope,” “Spring Day,” and most recently, “DNA.” He has worked with the group since before their debut, and BTS has never released an album that wasn’t produced by him. BTS has recently attracted attention for managing to set new records as a K-pop group despite hailing from a relatively small agency. When asked what he thought was Big Hit’s greatest strength as a company, Pdogg replied, “I think it’s agency head Bang Shi Hyuk’s attitude towards creating music. He is a firm believer that in order to win over the public, [an artist’s] music needs to be good. So he works tirelessly [on songs] until he achieves an end result that he finds satisfying.” He went on, “Additionally, there aren’t any singers or producers at our company who don’t sincerely love music. BTS, for example, will come to the studio late at night after finishing their scheduled activities for the day, and they’ll work on their songs until morning. Even though no one asked them to do so. I think the reason that they’re so self-motivated is because they truly love music.” Pdogg also spoke about working together with BTS on their music. He explained that each song came about in a different way, but that it was typically a very collaborative process. “It varies for each song,” he commented, “but we typically create a general framework based on the members’ outlook on modern-day society or their current emotional state. Then, using that as a basis, we begin more concrete production.” He added, “There are also some instances when I set the song up first, and the members complete it by adding their contributions. Each song is different, so we don’t have a fixed system. If you compare it to a puzzle, I guess you could say that the members each create individual pieces, and I play the role of choosing the best pieces to put together a completed image.” When speaking about the group’s formation, Pdogg shared that what the agency had in mind for BTS changed as time went on. “At the beginning, we were planning to form a group of rappers,” he recalled. “But after many internal meetings, we ended up producing a hip hop idol group. We tried to create a group that could pull off cool dance performances with hip hop as a foundation. We also conceived them as a group that would tell the stories of their generation and age group.” While some of the BTS members arrived at the agency already passionate about hip hop, Pdogg reported that others became acquainted with the genre during their pre-debut training period. “There were members who already had a full understanding of hip hop, and there were others who did not,” said the producer. “So we held lessons in which they were able to naturally familiarize themselves with hip hop. We also set up times for them to listen to music together and discuss everything from old-school hip hop to the latest songs.” Of all the songs he produced for the group, Pdogg chose “I Need U” as the one that meant the most to him. “I was personally going through a very hard time when we worked on the song,” he revealed. “After [BTS’s] first full album with the song ‘Danger‘ didn’t do as well as expected, I worried a great deal about what kind of music we should produce next, and my confidence was very low. I wanted to give up, but Bang Shi Hyuk waited for me. It was at that point in time that the song ‘I Need U’ came into existence. It ended up being a song that served as the foundation for the BTS we know today, so I’m very attached to it.” Speaking about BTS’s plans for the future, the producer remarked, “‘Love Yourself: Her’ was the beginning of a new series, so we plan on continuing it.” He added, “I think [our plans] will change based on BTS’s circumstances and the members’ emotional states in the future.” BTS’s “Love Yourself: Her” has recently seen a resurgence in popularity, with the album rising on a number of global charts. The group also became the first K-pop group to break into Billboard’s Top 40this week with “MIC Drop.” Source (1)
  2. BTS on 102.7 KIIS-FM (Radio Interview)

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    BTS is coming to the 102.7 KIIS-FM (LA's #1 Hit Music Station) studio for a radio interview tonight at 9PM PT. Listen here. (Source)
  3. On Air/Ryan Seacrest (Radio Interview)

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    BTS will be in the studio for On Air/Ryan Seacrest at 6:40AM PST! Listen on iHeartRadio. (source: 1, 2)
  4. On With Mario Lopez (iHeartRadio Interview)

    Tune into the On With Mario Lopez iHeartRadio show to hear him chat with BTS! Listen here and check for the video interview here. (Source: 1, 2)
  5. KTLA Morning News Interview

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    Tune in and see BTS interview on KTLA at about 8:40AM PST! Watch the live stream or watch on TV if you're local.
  6. BTS Talks Conquering America Like No K-Pop Act In U.S. History Hugh McIntyre , CONTRIBUTOR NOV 8, 2017 @ 08:23 AM PST After years of holding onto their position as one of the biggest names in K-pop in the world, vocal group BTS finally broke into the top 10 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart with their new EP Love Yourself: Her, becoming the first group from their musical style to do so. In addition to starting their latest collection at No. 7, the EP's lead single "DNA" also made it onto the Hot 100, making the group one of the few K-pop acts in history to find a place on that important tally. BTS has been able to achieve as much as they have thanks to the dedicated support of a massive fan base, which launched an intense and well-executed social media promotional campaign, and now that their careers have been taken to new heights, it will be interesting to see what they do next to capitalize on their newfound fame in America. Shortly after the group's charting feat, I spoke with BTS band member Rap Monster about what it means to lead the charge for a genre that has been slowly growing in popularity in America, despite the language barrier. Hugh McIntyre: What does it feel like to be the first K-pop act to hit the top 10 on the Billboard 200 in the U.S.? Rap Monster: It's still like we're dreaming. The Billboard 200 top 10 is not something [I thought] that we could achieve. I was born to. I feel like we're so lucky and so grateful for the fans. McIntyre: Over your career, the albums have been doing better and better every time you put a new one out. Did you have any inclination that this would come close to the top 10, or was this totally unexpected? Monster: It was actually totally unexpected. I mean, we expected something… We're gaining some attention in the U.S. but we were like, “Could we make the top 10?” We sometimes imagined it, but never thought we could really do it. We wanted to but didn’t actually intend on it. So we still feel lucky. McIntyre: Is conquering the American charts a goal you guys have or was it just a happy accident that came happened thanks to the new album? Monster: I think we're gaining some attention and getting some fans based in America. It's happening gradually, going up really slow, so I think we could expect more for the future. It's happening, and I hope that it's not just a happy accident. We have to keep up with the work. McIntyre: What do you think made this album perform so much better than your previous ones? Monster: I think we're always doing something for teenagers and youngsters because BTS originally performed itself as a socially conscious band. We always wanted to sell our performances like we did with our debut. I think what makes this album really special is that it’s a real turning point for us. It has a new concept: to love yourself, and I think fans are really reacting to it. They really think about how could they love themselves. Through this album, I think of how I could love myself more, and it's happening. The music is trendier, so I think our history and the music and the new concept has maxed this time. Everything was perfect so the Billboard thing could happen. McIntyre: Now that it has happened, do you guys have any plans to hop on this and return to America or release music in English? What are you planning on doing to capitalize on this moment? Monster: To capitalize on this, we have to not lose our minds. That's how we capitalize on this. Because we don't want to be so happy for this that we release an English song. Those things are really great, but we have to keep up with what we're doing. Getting ready for our next album. And, of course, we'll be coming back to America, I think more often because we're getting positive attention. McIntyre: You guys record in several different languages, and your output is pretty incredible. You release a lot of music! How do you keep up with that schedule? Monster: Yeah, it's really hard to keep up with that schedule because, like you said, our timing is quite fast. I think it's our thing to do. Fans always want something new, and we’ve got a lot of performances we want to show off. But I think the basic rules are that most important are to sleep well, practice much. That's really important for us right now. McIntyre: K-pop has been growing in popularity in America for years now, but obviously the past month or so has been a big moment for the genre. Do you find it empowering or do you maybe find it a little scary to be the group that is leading this in a big way at the moment? Monster: You know, we're sometimes really nervous to carry the weight and of being a leader in this life. But to be some of the first is really a great opportunity to feel like an artist. We try to enjoy the wave and the weight as much as we can. That's what we can do. McIntyre: A lot of credit has been given to your massive fan base for pushing this new album up the charts. They promoted it quite a bit in a way that we in America don't really see. What do you think makes them so dedicated and work so hard to push your music? Monster: I think, that's really hard thing to put out the word. I think now they are really reacting to what we've been saying for four years. We're always giving back, always trying to give them messages. You know, how to live, how to breathe in this cruel world as a teenager. We always upload our pictures, and what we're thinking about, like what we're doing on our Twitter and YouTube. I think that's a really big help too. That's what makes it really special for the public and it's important to us. Sometimes I'm really confused about that too. They're doing so much in America, and we're trying to thank them. Give something back, like music, or a performance, as a concert in America. So I think we're charging our batteries continuously. That's what really makes BTS special. McIntyre: You've just made history, and you've mentioned new music coming. What does the rest of 2017 and 2018 bring for you guys? Monster: 2018 is going to be like another turning point for us because we're planning something really big. Bigger than even this year! But the important thing is that we will keep on doing what we're doing—getting ready for our new album. Going on tour. Visiting America and performing concerts for our American fans. I think keeping up what we're doing and making it bigger is going to be our next year and this year. McIntyre: You have also dabbled in working with some American hip-hop artists on your own. Is that something you are also interested in pursuing further? Monster: Oh, yeah, of course. I'm also solo. I've always wanted to do that. And I'm doing an actually. I can not say who, but, yeah, I'm solo. I really keep that work too. McIntyre: Is there a rapper in America you'd love to work with? Monster: There's so many. Dre. J Cole. Too many rap groups there. I can name like 20. McIntyre: I bet a J. Cole collaboration would be great. Monster: Yeah, he's one of the greatest. He's so cool. source
  7. BTS "2017 Best Achievement Billboard Hot 100 Entry" (Hot People 13) [171101 Joy News 24: Reporter Lee Miyoung] "We are very excited and happy to have entered the Billboard ‘Hot 100’ chart. To have made such a great achievement brings us much happiness.” 2017 is the year BTS’ dreams have become reality: to conquer Billboard, ‘the chart of our dreams,’ and to shake up the domestic (Korean) music market. Fans from all over the world have watched BTS rewrite the history books every day. The achievements of BTS have in no time, become a significant milestone in the history of K-pop. In a survey conducted from the 15-24th of October by Joy News to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the company`s establishment, BTS was selected as the #1 ranked ‘2017 Best K-pop Brand’ by 200 individuals within the entertainment industry. By an overwhelming number of votes, BTS were unrivalled for the position and also demonstrated their dominance in various surveys coming in second in both the ‘2017 Entertainment Industry Power People’ and ‘2017 Best Artist’ lists. The Joy News 24 team also selected BTS as the ‘Hot People 13’ of the year. BTS’ achievements are outstanding. Above all, it is remarkable that the album 'LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her' has made such a significant impact on the music industry worldwide. DNA is the first song from a Korean group to enter Billboard’s Hot 100 and remain on the list for four consecutive weeks, and the album the first to enter the Billboard 200 chart and remain there for 5 straight weeks. Additionally, BTS have continued their record-breaking streak by becoming the first Korean artists to come in at #14 on the UK’s Official Album Chart. Domestically, within 13 days of the album’s release, 1.2 million copies were sold, breaking a 16-year long record for album sales set by G.O.D.’s 4th album. What’s more remarkable about these results is that BTS have shown steady growth and development through their music and level of involvement and planning. Starting out as ‘idols who had nothing*’ from a small-sized company, BTS have found their own way to pioneer change in the music market and, as such, expand their territory and reach. *[T/N] The term 흙수저 아이돌 used here literally translates to ‘dirt-spooned idols’ (as opposed to silver-spooned). BTS’ solid foundation lies in their impressive performances. The seven members have wowed fans around the world with and received attention for their sharp and dynamic performances. Since their debut, they began to gain sympathy from fans by portraying the stories and emotions of their peers in their 20s to 30s throughout the series of albums released. BTS’ success is not just through luck, but because they have the skills and ability to accomplish it. Today, more than yesterday, and tomorrow, more than today, we anticipate what BTS has in store. At achieving first place in Joy News 24’s ‘2017 Best K-pop Brand’, BTS express their happiness and share some of their upcoming plans. The following is a Q&A interview with BTS. BTS has been ranked the number 1 ‘2017 Best K-pop Brand’ in a survey to commemorate Joy News 24’s 13th year of establishment. How do you feel? "We’re really happy. It feels like this is all possible because of our many fans’ love. Thank you to our fans."(SG) "Being ranked number 1 is amazing no matter what, but to be named the ‘Best K-pop Brand’ makes me extremely proud and happy. In the future, we’ll work even harder to spread and advance Kpop.”(JH) "I’m really thankful and will work even harder to show a cooler image to ARMY."(V) " I think these outcomes are a result of the great synergy between ARMY and BTS. ARMY, I love you all!"(J) "Thanks and thanks again for the good news. There’s no greater honour than to be chosen by individuals within the entertainment industry itself. I will devote myself even more to my craft."(RM) "Thank you, it’s a big honour. As much as we’ve been chosen for this title, we’ll show an even better image in future."(JK) "It’s an unimaginable result. We think it’s such an honour for BTS to be considered in such distinction. "(JM) 2017 has been a year of many significant achievements. (Staying on Billboard’s Hot 100 for four straight weeks and selling over 1.2 million copies of your album etc). what do you consider your biggest achievement so far? "Entering Billboard’s Hot 100 was amazing and I was really happy."(SG) "I’m really happy that we’ve been able to have such big achievements. I think it’s this moment right now."(JH) "Billboard’s Hot 100."(V) "Good results are important, but everything that ARMY have done for us have been great. I’m happy."(J) "To achieve our dream of being on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and for four weeks straight with a song sung in Korean, is the most special achievement. It was (also) very surprising to reach #90 in the UK Single Chart."(RM) "I think it’s the steady support and love we receive from the people who listen to our Korean songs despite coming from many other countries, near and far."(JK) "It seems like it might be our relationship with our fans and the relationship between the members. The reason we’ve made it to this point is because we know each other so well.”(JM) Your goal for this album to enter the said Hot 100 chart has become a reality. What do you think about achieving each of your goals one by one? "I think it’s all because of our fans. I’m always thankful and love you all."(SG) "It’s really amazing. I can’t believe that as soon as we mentioned it, it came true. Because we worked hard to reach our goals, I feel a great sense of achievement."(JH) "It really seems like we’ve achieved our goals. It’s great and I want to continue down this path with ARMY for a long time."(V) "I want to thank those who love us and hope to continue forward step-by-step with them."(J) "We tell ourselves "don’t expect too much" but still continue to have these expectations. We will never forget that many people have helped us (get where we are) and will proceed with these thoughts in mind. Even though we constantly hold new and bigger aspirations for ourselves, we won’t forget what drove us to this point and where we started from."(RM) "I think we’re very lucky to be able to do what we do and receive the love and opportunities we get. As far as we’ve come, I personally think there still needs to be much development and growth."(JK) "Honestly, it’s surprising that each one of our goals have one by one been achieved, to the point that it’s shocking. Of course, all of it is due to our fans’ overflowing love. Therefore, I want to do even better and, at the same time, I’m curious about how much farther we can go."(JM) BTS is K-pop’s newest role model and the centre of the Korean/Hallyu wave. The LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her' album is rewriting K-pop history by receiving so much love from fans worldwide. What do you think the success of DNA lies in? "Our brotherhood. The fact that we love and believe in one another seems like a big part of it."(SG) "I’d like to think it’s the hard work and passion. I always try to work hard, that’s something I’m passionate about maintaining, and it seems like that’s a big factor leading to our steady success."(JH) "The chemistry between the members and all of our fans worldwide."(V) "It’s love. Because we have ARMY’s love, I think we can achieve everything we want."(J) "I’d like to think it’s the complete sincerity in ours and the fans’ blood, sweat and tears."(RM) "I want to show the fans my heart and sincerity through my efforts, growth and varied appearances and images. "(JK) "ARMY. DNA."(JM) Not much is left of 2017. Do you have any news you’d like to convey to Joy News 24 and your fans? "It seems like there’ll be more exciting things happening. It would be good if you could anticipate them."(SG) "In the future, we’ll show you more good music and performances. The path we are walking is always good news~”(JH) "We’ll continue to always tirelessly show ARMY great performances and handsome appearances so please keep an eye on us."(V) "It would be good to stay happy and healthy always, both our members and all our fans!"(J) "Better things will be happening soon. Really, we’ll continue to show even better sides of us to everyone."(RM) "As quickly as time has passed, it seems we’re also gradually maturing. This happened because of everyone’s love. As much as we’ve grown, I feel like we must show an even bigger and better image so that even cooler things can happen in future."(JK) "There’s still plenty of time left for us this year. Before the end of the year, I want to say that it would be good if we can remember all the memories from this year, and I love you and thank you to everyone who has watched over and loved us."(JM) [article source]
  8. BTS Explain Concepts Behind 'Love Yourself: Her' Album: 'This Is the Beginning of Our Chapter Two' 9/20/2017 by Jeff Benjamin From the meaning of "Go Go" to why the band needed to flex their win at BBMAs, BTS' Rap Monster explains it all. Mere hours before the release of BTS' Love Yourself: Her, the album's significance wasn't lost on the group's leader, Rap Monster. "It's really a huge, big step for us," the 23-year-old rapper/songwriter/producer told Billboard during a phone call from Seoul. "Of course, every member is so excited about the album. We've been just practicing until now, day and night, to show these new songs and perfected performances. I left a message on our fan cafe, the other day, after we finished that 'this EP will mark the turning point of BTS' and even though the wait felt really long with this album -- I think it was the huge event, the BBMAs, were in May -- so much has happened." The wait has been particularly anticipated for for the band's famously passionate fan base, known as Army, who have been waiting for new tracks from Rap Monster, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V and Jungkook band after voting them Top Social Artist at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards over fellow pop juggernauts Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes. Since then, the BTS guys have landed distribution deals with Amazon and U.S.-based The Orchard ("We believe the physical album, still, really counts and it's really important to connect with our fans around the world," Rap Monster said) and hung out with worldwide chart-toppers like Major Lazer, Halsey, Charli XCX ("Maybe it's just my sixth sense, but I think maybe we will be collaborating with even more interesting artists," he added); even snagging The Chainsmokers to produce a beat for Love Yourself: Her. One listen to the tightly produced record -- which looks likely to make a big splash on the Billboard 200 next week -- and the passion is palpable from the intense lead single "DNA," the societal commentary in "Go Go," among multiple lyrics and moments that feel ripped from the members' personal journals. There's also loads of passion in Rap Monster's voice talking about these new songs as he sees and envisions the larger picture and message for his band's latest batch of forward-thinking EDM, hip-hop and pop tracks. Read on for Billboard's deeper analysis of Love Yourself: Her with Rap Monster. Let's start right from the beginning with "Serendipity." Why was this the right song to choose as the intro and kick off the era? When I wrote the lyrics, melodies and the first themes of "Serendipity," I tried to come up with some rare things you find in life, something very special, like the calico, three-striped cat; things that have extraordinary meanings in people's lives. I wanted to share this moment. I was reading the lyrics are gender neutral, which I think is really powerful. Was that a conscious decision? The lyrics were based on rare and special things in life. So, I thought, those feelings transcend genders, cultures and barriers between people. We always put out the "Intro" just before releasing our single, so the intro is taking the role of telling the concept of this album. But "Serendipity" was actually the right song to share the feelings of our single, "DNA." The title is about how our DNA is connected in the universe, I think that was the right feel for this album. Let's talk about "DNA." How does this single continue and progress the story of BTS? When we're talking about our title tracks, "DNA" is about the expression of a young, passionate love. The lyrics are like, "The two of us our connected fatefully from the start, our DNA was just the one thing." At the same time, "DNA" is taking BTS to new ground. We tried to apply new grammar and perspectives -- if you listen to the song, you'll understand what I'm trying to say -- it's very different from our previous music, technically and musically. I believe it's going to be the starting point of a second chapter of our career; the beginning of our Chapter Two. "Best of Me" is really impressive. It sounds like The Chainsmokers, but it also sounds like BTS. You didn't lose yourself which isn't easy when collaborating with new artists. What was that process like? I love that track! We met them at BBMAs, we were so lucky. Actually, they invited us to their concert just the other day -- they had a huge concert in Korea and we sang "Closer" together. For "Best of Me," they gave us several tracks and samples months ago, we and our producers picked one sample, like, "Okay, this is fit for our next album." So we worked on it, we sent it to them, we asked them what they think of the track we developed and got their opinions. And we made it! I'm so excited for it. [Laughs] Your albums always have deeper social and society commentaries. Let's talk about some of the topics with this release. "Go Go" instantly comes to mind. "Go Go" is a trendy song, but it's about how our young generation are living their lives with low expectations and standards so people are upset with reality; they have little hope and there's so much economic hardship. We wanted to say something about it and emphasize to the world that it's not their choice, but brutal reality that forces people to live and spend as if there's no future. But in Korea, "YOLO" has become a big key word for young people because we don't have money and it's really hard to get a chance to earn a lot of money. I think society has a lot of problems for young people. Young people spend their money on claw crane machines at arcades and they spend like $30 on trying to win these dolls. And then it's like, "Oh! I spent all my money…shit. But I don't regret." That's the biggest luxury for Korea's young people: collecting accessories, cosmetics, that's what they think is a luxury. It's "YOLO" because it's like, "I'm gonna buy all this! I’m gonna buy all this food and I'm going to eat it! I'm going to do it!" I think it's sad because it's all we can. "Go Go" is just saying, "Okay, just do it, we won't regret it. Just spend several bucks on the machine and eat the food!" But at the same time, the song is very easily to sing along to so I think many people will like that song, especially if they find the deeper meaning. Of course, I have to ask about making a skit interlude out of your BBMAs acceptance speech. You need to hear "Mic Drop" because the skit was my speech at BBMAs -- because that was a big moment for our history -- and then we put "Mic Drop" next to that because it's like a flex -- like, "Okay, we're done. We don't need to give a shit about anything." That was the right skit and follow-up song for this album. The last song, "Outro: Her" really spoke to me. It almost reads like a diary. Ha! [Laughs] After talking with you, it feels like it recaps the whole album and is really introspective. I think that was the fastest work I did for this album. I wrote the verse in 20 minutes; it just came, very truthfully, from the bottom of my heart. I thought it was the right outro for this album because it is really a range of emotions -- I'm saying I met this person that I really love, this person is the love of my life right now, I'm saying that I was confused and I was looking for love and this world is complex. But I think it's you so, "I call you 'her,' 'cause you're my tear." "I think you're the start and the end of me." That's what I'm saying: You're my wonder, but you're also my answers. You're my "her," but you're still the "tear." The hook is saying that love is not all about the happiness, it's just not just about the joy, it's not just about delight. If you want to love a person, you should know that there are tears and there can even be hatred inside of it. I think a love really includes all of that. That's what I was trying to say. It's complex. And if fans are so lucky to own the physical album, they'll hear two hidden tracks at the very end. Why keep them secretive? I think they're hidden because you have to be a real fan of BTS to understand them. Otherwise, you won't. Otherwise, you'd like be, "Why are they feeling so confused about things? They're good?!? They're No. 1 somewhere, they have so much stuff, why are they worried?" People always talk about that. But if you are true fan of BTS and you buy the album and you listen to the hidden track -- if you are an Army and we spent time together from 2013, 2014 -- they could understand. It's kind of more special, more closer, to our true hearts. source
  9. EXCLUSIVE: BTS Celebrate Their Biggest Album Ever and Reveal What They Love About Themselves By Jennifer Drysdale‍ 5:33 PM PDT, September 19, 2017 Welcome to BTS' next chapter. The K-pop boyband shocked the biggest names in music when they beat out artists like Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez for the Top Social Artist award at the Billboard Music Awards in May -- but their success is no surprise. With 8.4 million Twitter followers and a fan base so dedicated it's referred to as ARMY, BTS is one of the hottest acts in Asia, and soon, the United States. "There is much more recognition of BTS music than before the BBMAs," V, one of the band's seven members, told ET. "Which means fans have higher expectations than before. We're trying to live up to it and I hope the new album can be the answer to that expectation." The new album, Love Yourself: Her, dropped on Monday and was even shattering records weeks before its release with over one million pre-orders, according to BTS' label, BigHit Entertainment. By Tuesday, Love Yourself had already topped the iTunes Album charts at No. 1 in a record-breaking 73 countries, the largest debut release for any South Korean artists. And "DNA," the album's lead single, is also blowing up on YouTube with nearly 30 million views since its early Monday release. ET caught up with V, Rap Monster, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, Suga and J-Hope on Tuesday, where they opened up about their incredible success, their fifth EP, and what's next. ET: Love Yourself: Her is already a huge hit around the world. Were you surprised? Rap Monster: We’re surprised at the huge response when each album is released but it is beyond our expectation and overwhelming this time. Our new songs topped iTunes chart in 73 countries and made its debut at No. 4 on the US iTunes Song chart. "DNA" music video views surpassed 10 million in just 8 hours, which was the fastest for Korean artists ever. We are very grateful to our fans worldwide for appreciating our music and video. The music video for "DNA" is a little different from your past music videos, and includes some intense choreography -- what does this mean for other music videos off this album? How long did it take to shoot the video? J-Hope: BTS’ music videos always have intense choreography, but it was even more difficult to learn all the dance moves before the shoot. It may look different compared to previous videos due to complex use of computer graphics and edit styles for "DNA" video, but it took three full days to shoot. Everyone was great in learning the choreography, although there were many different moves we had to perform for the video. Personally, I think Jungkook and Jimin really pulled it off nicely. You collaborated with The Chainsmoker's Andrew Taggart on the song "Best of Me" after meeting at the BBMAs. What was the collaboration process like? What did you learn from him? Rap Monster: We first met at the BBMAs last May. [We] were invited to The Chainsmokers’ rehearsal backstage for the award show and we had fun talking about music and many things. The duo sent us several tracks after we returned home from BBMAs and we selected a couple of tracks to work together. "Best of Me" was the best for our new album in many ways so we decided to write lyrics and finish it together. The song came out great and we were all satisfied with the collaborative process. Andrew is awesome; he’s passionate about music and I think there should be more opportunities for us to work again in near future. Who's your next big dream collaborator? Jungkook: My biggest dream collaborator would be Justin Bieber because I just love his voice and the way he collaborates with other artists. However, I’d like to give it a try with whoever has the right chemistry with BTS musically. Suga: I’m pretty much open to anyone who’s unique and has mutual appreciation in the music as BTS. I have some tracks and songs written for future collaboration and I’m happy to work with artists who have the right voice and taste. The song “Skit: Billboard Music Awards,” features Rap Monster’s speech from the awards show -- what made you choose to incorporate that into your new album? Rap Monster: It was one of many ideas we had for this album and we all thought that it would mean a lot to BTS and our fans if we have it permanently in the album and cherish that special moment for everyone. We’re facing the second chapter with Love Yourself: Her in terms of music and life and the BBMAs is like a new turning point for BTS in many ways. Rap Monster already revealed that Barack Obama was an inspiration for "MIC Drop" -- Why? Who else were you inspired by on this album? Suga: There are so many things that inspire us. For me, it’s people around me. And for RM, it can be books he reads. In general, what fans talk about and think about become a very important source of inspiration to us, because we want to write something that’s real to people, especially those who listen to BTS’ music. During your live stream on Monday, Rap Monster said that his favorite song is "Ocean," but that song wasn't released with the album. What can you tease about when the song will drop, and what it sounds like? Rap Monster: It’s one of two hidden tracks you can listen to only on the physical album. "Ocean" has a lot of things I thought about since my debut in BTS four years ago. I have lived through many different dreams, worries and emotions in past years and I wanted to share those moments in the song. Sound-wise, there’s guitar and synth and the song is over five minutes, which is quite long. I hope people like it as one of the surprises I’ve prepared. You changed up your hair color since we last saw you -- who decides when it's time to change your look? Jimin and J-Hope: The hair color decision is based on the concept of the new album and the timing is discussed with the whole production timeline. Each member’s opinion counts, so our stylists and creative team propose optional colors for us to choose from. But at the end of the day, they’re professionals and they know what they’re doing and in most cases, the proposed colors turn out to be the best for each member. This new album marks a new chapter in your careers after School, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life and Wings. What do you want fans to know about this new era of BTS? Rap Monster: We tried many new things for this album and I’d like to label it as "innovative," if I may. There will be new styled songs, new video, and many new things from now on. We want to evolve as artists and develop what we have within ourselves. If we ever slow down or even fail for our trials, it’s OK and we’ll be and stay as BTS. In addition, I’d like people to love themselves and think about what true love is while listening to the new album, because real love calls for courage to appreciate myself as is. What do each of you love about yourselves? Jin: I love my face and how it looks, which I appreciate very much. Jimin: I love my attitude towards work and tendency for perfection. V: My newly discovered talent to shoot great photos. You're wrapping up your tour this December. When will you be back performing in the U.S.? Rap Monster: We do have plans for a world tour in 2018 so we will definitely go back to the U.S. soon and meet our fans as much as we can. If there’s any special opportunity for us any time soon, we’ll make sure to share it with you first. source
  10. MUSIC X Raisa Bruner 11:04 AM ET BTS may be the biggest musical act you've never heard of — unless you're already one of the Korean pop group's millions-strong fanbase. The seven-member boy band, Bangtan Sonyeondan (or BTS for short), is know for their catchy pop-rap, sharp music video choreography and candid social media presence. They've recently leveraged their popularity into blockbuster stadium tours and Billboard's prize for Top Social Artists of the year, as well as nabbing a spot on TIME's list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet. It's not hard to see why: a live videoof two members applying face masks roped in half a million concurrent viewers. Their backstage selfiesregularly rack up half a million likes. A red carpet appearance can kick off a global Twitter trend. But how did they get here? "We’re just a normal group of boys from humble backgrounds who had a lot of passion and a dream to be famous," says singer and songwriter Kim Nam-joon, who goes by the moniker Rap Monster and, as the only English-speaking member of the group, often represents BTS in interviews. Currently on tour in Japan, Rap Monster took the time to explain BTS' rise and how the group feeds its hungry fanbase. How did the BTS group come together? Rap Monster: Back in 2010, I was introduced to Mr. Bang [Bang Si Hyuk], our executive producer [and CEO of BigHit Entertainment]. I was an underground rapper and only 16 years old, a freshman at high school. Bang thought I had potential as a rapper and lyricist, and we went from there. Then SUGA joined us. [Third group member] J-hope was really popular as a dancer in his hometown. We were the first three! We debuted as a collaboration between the seven of us in June 2013. We came together with a common dream to write, dance and produce music that reflects our musical backgrounds as well as our life values of acceptance, vulnerability and being successful. The seven of us have pushed each other to be the best we can be for the last four years. It has made us as close as brothers. BTS as a group sort of took off with the success of our 2015 album that had our hit single "I NEED U." When did you first realize you were developing a global fandom? We didn’t realize we were becoming famous until we were invited to KCONs [K-pop music festivals] in the U.S. and Europe in 2014 or 2015. Thousands of fans were calling our name at the venue, and almost everyone memorized the Korean lyrics of our songs, which was amazing and overwhelming. Who would have thought that people from across the ocean, Europe, the U.S., South America, even Tahiti, would love our songs and performances, just by watching them on YouTube? We were just grateful... and we still are. BTS has millions of followers on every social media platform. How do you interact with your fans online? What kind of connections are you making? We mostly interact with our Twitter messages by uploading selfies, [sharing] music recommendations and street fashion photos, etc. It’s about our daily life as a band on tour — and also as a group of silly friends who make fun of one another backstage. We don’t really get to reply to fans on a regular basis because there are just so many of them. But we do try to read all the reactions and replies. It’s also always interesting and inspiring for us to see what they create for us. Why do you think you’ve been able to build such a massive online fanbase? How did it happen? Everyone asks us that question. It’s a team effort taken from what happens to us in our everyday life. It’s not easy to run a social media account over a long period of time, but we love communicating with our fans every day and night. For example, I use the hashtag #RMusic to introduce or recommend a song I like, and I’ve been doing that for a long time. I love music and I truly enjoy sharing with our fans. Music transcends language. BTS communicates with our fans by staying true to ourselves and believing in music every day. How does having this huge fandom impact your approach to music and to what you sing about? BTS fans — the "ARMY" — tell us about their feelings, failures, passions and struggles all the time. We are often inspired by [them], because we try to write about how real young people — like the seven of us — face real-life issues. Most of our music is about how we perceive the world and how we try to persist as normal, average human beings. So our fans inspire us and give us a direction to go as musicians. And of course, their love and support keeps us going. How is BTS different from other big K-pop groups? Is it your music, your engagement with supporters, or something else? I can’t speak for other artists; every group has a different approach. For us, it will always be important to keep working hard, dancing better, writing better songs, touring and setting an example. A lot of people say this, but it's really true for us: we are living a dream, all seven of us, being able to pursue what we love. We strive to [put] everything into our music. Our lyrics deal with real issues that face all humans: choices in life, depression, self-esteem. And the fans know that we are there for them, and they are there for us. What’s next? What are you most excited for? Well, we definitely continue to have big dreams. We tour all over the world, but the shows in the U.S. really opened our eyes to so many new things in the States. And when we won the Billboard Music Award, we were so honored and got to meet so many artists that we love and admire that we can’t wait to return to the States
  11. other Rap Monster in Chicago Tribune

    Here's the interview which was posted in May. ♣ cr ♣ they chose a really nice picture <3
  12. BTS is one of the biggest boy bands on the planet right now and they solidified that when they won the top social star award at the Billboard Music Awards. Their fans know no bounds and took to social media to vote for the K-Pop group, making history as the first act in the genre to do so. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, Jungkook have gained millions of followers and fans all over their world who live for their music and for their social media pages, and once you meet them, it is totally clear why people love them so much. J-14 interviewed the guys and talked to them about everything, from winning in a category that put them against Justin Bieber, their style icons, and their favorite music at the moment. Check out the video of our interview and get to know even more about the megastars. http://www.j-14.com/posts/bts-interview-bts-wins-award-over-justin-bieber-133723
  13. is there a single american interview where jhope has not broken into a rendition of despacito? not that I'm complaining lol
  14. ENG SUBS Official media uploads (unsubbed)
  15. This is probably my favorite interview. Look at them all happy and giggling