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  1. BTS To Speak At UNICEF Launch Event At 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly Sep 19, 2018 by kminjungee BTS has been invited to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly! The 73rd UN General Assembly began on September 18, and will continue through next month. According to UN sources, BTS will be attending the launch of UNICEF and the United Nations’ “Generation Unlimited” partnership that will take place on September 24 at 12 p.m. local time at the UN Headquarters in New York, a day before the general debate will begin. “Generation Unlimited” is a new global partnership between UNICEF and the United Nations that is “dedicated to increasing opportunities and investments for children and young people aged 10 to 24.” BTS is said to have been noted by the United Nations for their campaign with UNICEF called “Love Myself,” which launched in October 2017 and has raised over 1 million dollars as of June 2018. A UN diplomat expressed how exceptional it is for a K-pop artist to be invited to attend the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly. Notably, BTS will be speaking in front of the assembly for three minutes. Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres, United Nations Children’s Fund Executive Director and UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore, South Korean First Lady Kim Jung Sook, and several others are expected to attend. Meanwhile, BTS is currently carrying out the North American leg of their world tour, with concerts coming up in Hamilton, Canada; Newark, New Jersey, Chicago, Illinois; and Citi Field Statdium in New York. Korean source Article source
  2. BTS Sell Out First U.S. Stadium Show In Minutes Aug 17, 2018, 06:48pm Bryan Rolli If BTS’s global popularity has a ceiling, they apparently haven’t reached it yet. The K-pop septet sold out its first U.S. stadium show at New York’s Citi Field in a matter of minutes on Friday (Aug. 17), much to the elation of lucky fans who snagged tickets and the heartbreak of those who didn’t. Tickets for BTS’s Citi Field show went on sale at 4 p.m. EST. At 5:06 p.m., the venue confirmed via Twitter that it had officially sold out. The hype was enough to make #BTSCitifield a top trending global topic on Twitter, with more than 90,000 fans using the hashtag at one point. Citi Field marks the 15th and currently final North American show on BTS’s Love Yourself world tour. As with the New York baseball stadium, the group’s previous arena dates sold out within minutes, a testament to their worldwide popularity. But by selling out Citi Field, which holds nearly 42,000 people, BTS have vaulted to the highest tier of pop superstardom in the United States. The stadium gig puts them in the company of pop stars like Beyoncé and classic rock icons like Paul McCartney and Billy Joel. Many stateside artists struggle to sell out such massive venues at all, let alone on the first day tickets go on sale. The Citi Field sellout is just the latest success in a months-long victory lap for BTS. Their most recent album, Love Yourself: Tear, became the first K-pop album to top the Billboard 200 in May, and its lead single “Fake Love” became the first K-pop single to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Their new album, Love Yourself: Answer, arrives next Friday (Aug. 24) and has already broken preorder records in South Korea and topped Amazon's Best Sellers List. Every ticket purchased online for BTS’s Citi Field show included a CD copy of Love Yourself: Answer. That equals almost 42,000 copies, which is nearly 1/3 of the 135,000 units Love Yourself: Tear moved in its first week from sales and streaming combined. If ticket sales and album preorders serve as any indication, BTS should have another huge hit on their hands next week. source
  3. Big Hit Entertainment Announces Final Decision Regarding Release Of BTS’s Collaboration With AKB48 Producer Sep 16, 2018 by kminjungee Big Hit Entertainment has made a decision regarding BTS’s collaboration with AKB48’s executive producer Yasushi Akimoto. It was initially revealed on September 13 that BTS would be releasing a Japanese single album in November that included a new track “Bird,” with lyrics written by Yasushi Akimoto. This was met with concerns, which cited claims of the producer’s right-wing political leanings and his involvement in songs with misogynistic lyrics as reasons for caution. Big Hit Entertainment first posted an official statement on September 15, acknowledging the concerns, and explained they were discussing the matter. On September 16, the agency announced their decision to not release the track altogether through BTS’s official fan cafe. They stated, “The tracks included on the Japanese single album set to be released in November have changed as shown below due to production reasons. We apologize for the discomfort.” The announcement then listed out the original track list and the changed track list. The album will still consist of Japanese versions of “Fake Love” and “Airplane pt. 2.” Instead of “Bird” (the collaboration with Yasushi Akimoto), the single album will include a remix of “IDOL” and a remix of the Japanese version of “Fake Love.” Korean source Article source
  4. Article: BTS 'IDOL' hits 100 million views "shortest record time out of Korean groups" Source: Newsen via Nate 1. [+244, -9] They would've hit it in 48 hours if not for the 14 hour freeze. They got hit with the freeze when they kept climbing 30 million views at a time and then their views dropped after that... Pisses me off that they didn't even get one view during those 14 hours... ㅋ 2. [+202, -8] So proud of them for continuing to break record and after record 3. [+188, -9] RecordTS~ the pride of Korea, really 4. [+41, -0] Khalid tweeted about liking the songs, Corden invited them to his karaoke show... they're getting more and more popular ㅠ it'll be harder to see them in Korea now but I support them ㅠㅠ 5. [+34, -1] Wow, 100 million views in just four days, that's huge 6. [+25, -1] Not even a week, that's amazing 7. [+22, -0] Even after a 14 hour freeze, they're breaking records... 8. [+18, -0] Great songs, great kids... even this ajumma with kids has become a fan ㅜㅜ I listen to BTS every time I exercise 9. [+17, -0] They could've hit it faster if not for the freeze ㅜㅜ but they still broke records 10. [+16, -0] Pisses me off because they could've hit it sooner ㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠㅠ cr
  5. Article: 'BTS merch'... fans couldn't buy it even after waiting all night Source: Chosun Ilbo via Nate 4,700 fans reported staying the entire night outside the BTS concert stadium for a chance to purchase fan merchandise. Worried parents later came out to join their teens in the wait. 1. [+608, -63] People will wait in line for all sorts of things from new cellphone releases to new Starbucks tumblers. It's all according to what the individual considers worthy of their time. BTS is just so popular that the competition is that much stronger. No one's forcing these fans to wait there, they're doing it because they like to and want to. If someone was passing out a thousand dollars, wouldn't you wait in line for it too if you thought it was worth your time? Obviously to these fans, the merchandise is worth more than that. It will all be looked back upon as memories when they grow up~ 2. [+522, -53] They waited there because they thought it was worthy of their time. What's it to you if they want to spend the night there? 3. [+420, -67] They're truly one of the top idols of the world. Their fanbase is comprised of not only fans but famous stars alike because their music is worthy and good. 4. [+33, -4] Don't act like you all didn't do this with Sechkies and HOT back then ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 5. [+30, -2] I actually think this is a problem with fan culture. Forcing fans to get into fan signings according to their number on a CD purchase just forces fans to needlessly buy multiple CDs, hundreds even. And with all this fan merchandise, they can sell it elsewhere but the company is purposely trying to save distribution expenses by selling it outside the concert stadium in rows of 3-4 so of course fans are forced to wait 24 hours overnight. What generation are we in that they're not able to just sell it online? Then kids won't have to be staying outside all night. This is really cruel. 6. [+26, -1] Honestly, if you know that your main fanbase is made up of teens, you should be selling your fan merchandise online where fans can purchase it safely from their homes. The fact that you're forcing fans who already traveled hours from the suburbs to have to wait overnight just for a chance at buying something is really... I can't help but wonder how crazy worried their parents must've been. If you're not going to give out the merch for free, at least make it easier for them to buy it. 7. [+25, -4] How is this any different from the people who wait in line to buy new iPhones? 8. [+24, -3] I don't get the point of making this merch exclusive. If you just sold it online, then it's comfortable for everyone and BigHit can sell a lot more and make more money. BigHit's pretty evil for making it a limited release only sold in front of the stadium fully knowing that their fans would have to wait outside for it ㅡㅡ 9. [+21, -4] There were even parents who stood in line in place of their kids. I hope all of you grow up to be good to them. 10. [+20, -1] Aigoo, how difficult for the fans... please just sell this stuff online next time cr
  6. BTS is taking to music shows with their upcoming release! On August 22, their agency Big Hit Entertainment shared, “They will have music show promotions for a week with their new music.” BTS is set to release their repackaged album “Love Yourself: Answer” on August 24 at 6 p.m. KST. They are also kicking off their “Love Yourself” world tour with the Seoul concerts on August 25 and 26 at Seoul Olympic Stadium. What kind of performances are you looking forward to seeing from BTS on music shows? Source (1) cr
  7. BTS’s MV for “Dope” has achieved another milestone on YouTube! The music video for “Dope” was released on June 24, 2015, and the track is part of BTS’s third mini album “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1.” As of August 20 at 11:30 p.m. KST, the music video has been watched 350 million times on YouTube! “Dope” is BTS’s third music video to reach this milestone, following “DNA” and “Fire.” BTS is now the Korean group with the most music videos that have surpassed 350 million views. Other Korean artists whose MVs have achieved the milestone are PSY, TWICE, BLACKPINK, and BIGBANG. Relive the fun of “Dope” by watching the MV below! cr
  8. BTS’s “Fire” Becomes 2nd K-Pop Group MV To Reach 400 Million Views Following “DNA” Aug 17, 2018 by jeeelim5 BTS has set reached a new milestone with another one of their music videos! At approximately 11:05 a.m. KST on August 18, the music video of BTS’s “Fire” reached 400 million views on YouTube. This is the group’s second music video to reach the milestone, following their “DNA” music video, also making this the second K-pop group music video ever to reach 400 million views. The music video of “Fire” was first released in May 2016, and it has taken approximately two years and three and a half months for the music video to reach the impressive milestone. The group is currently preparing for their upcoming world tour that will start in Seoul in August and take them all around the world. Congratulations to BTS for the achievement! Why not celebrate by watching the music video of “Fire” again? source
  9. "Twitter user @cali_armys made donations towards the care of Kenny the Coconut Crab at San Diego Zoo and named Namjoon as the Honorary Adoptive Parent." Source: Reddit
  10. BTS Nominated For Order Of Cultural Merit From Government Aug 9, 2018 by ilmare42 BTS has been nominated to receive an Order of Cultural Merit! It was recently announced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism that BTS is one of 12 nominees for an Order of Cultural Merit this year, which will be given out at the 2018 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards. The Order of Cultural Merit has five grades, and is described as being “awarded to a person who has rendered outstanding meritorious services in the fields of culture and art in the interest of promoting the national culture and national development.” The nominations for the order note BTS’s achievements both in Korea and in foreign markets including Japan and the United States, as well as their contributions to the Korean Wave. They list some of their accomplishments including coming in No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their album “Love Yourself: Tear.” BTS previously received a commendation from the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism during the 2016 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards. The Order of Cultural Merit is a higher honor than the ceremony’s commendations from the president, prime minister, and minister. While BTS and many other artists including BIGBANG, EXO, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, 2NE1, TWICE, BTOB, CNBLUE, and more have received commendations, there has not yet been an idol group who has been awarded an Order of Cultural Merit. Singer PSY received a fourth-grade Order of Cultural Merit in 2012 following the achievements of his track “Gangnam Style,” which reached No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. The winners of the 2018 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards will be announced in October, with the ceremony planned for October 31. BTS is currently preparing to make a comeback on August 24 with their repackaged album “Love Yourself: Answer,” and will then be embarking on a world tour that will include their first ever stadium concert in the United States. sources 1 2 3 Soompi
  11. CJ ENM And Big Hit Entertainment Jointly Establishing New Company DY_Kim July 31, 2018 CJ ENM and Big Hit Entertainment are collaborating on a new company. On July 31, it was reported that the two companies are joining forces to launch a new entertainment company. In response to the reports, CJ ENM commented, “The two sides have completed discussion for the joint company establishment, but several procedures still remain.” According to the reports, the companies submitted mergers and acquisition registration to the Fair Trade Commission for their joint entertainment company, tentatively titled Belief. CJ ENM will hold 51 percent of shares, while Big Hit will hold 49 percent. Stay tuned for more updates on the company. original Soompi
  12. Read about it here: Article This is really awful. We need to protect him and for people to stop invading his privacy.
  13. Jin opened a japanese food restaurant with his brother!!! I'm so happy for him and I hope he can find even more financial success with his new business!! Finally, Jin CEO is a reality akjdhasdjh
  14. BT21's first shop in the west coast has officially opened up today on July 27, 2018 on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, California! Fans started to line up as early as 4 PM the previous day to claim a spot. According to sources on Twitter, people lined up outside received tickets to enter the store, BT21 balloons, and autographed BT21 posters. Fans were allowed in by groups and each group that entered was given 25 minutes to look through the store and make a purchase.
  15. https://www.soompi.com/2018/07/18/btss-love-answer-soars-no-1-amazons-best-selling-cd-vinyl-list/ THAT'S MA BOYS!!! THE KINGS ARE BACK!!!
  16. There will be no promotion on music shows for this release, instead they will be premiering the new songs during the upcoming world tour. EDIT: there will be 7 new songs! source EDIT 2: 4 versions! Pre-order links:
  17. BigHit responded to the the leaks of the fancafe in which the members can be shown dressed up and playfully kissing each other on the cheek. ARMYs held responsible for the leaks received account suspensions on social media such as Twitter. Additionally, a warning by BigHit was issued stating there would be no new fancafe content for a month if continued.
  18. Music that conveys the messages of today’s generation: Worldwide communication thanks to ARMY [180604 SBS: Reporter Shim Wooseob] The seven young Korean boys that have captured America’s Billboard Charts have joined us here at the SBS News Centre. It’s BTS. (Hello, we are BTS.) Q. Welcome. Even a 40 year old uncle (like me) really enjoys the recent release of 'Fake Love. How do you feel about topping the albums chart? JK: When we first heard the news of coming in at #1, it didn’t feel like reality. Afterwards however, many people congratulated us and gave us positive feedback so it started to sink in. In future, we’ll continue to work hard to grow and mature befittingly to the title. Q. We heard that after your win at the Billboard Music Awards, you skipped the after-parties to spend time quietly between yourselves? JH: Actually, every time we have album promotions or come out triumphant at music awards shows, fans are the first ones we want to share the joy of winning with. Hence, through our live broadcasts, we enjoy our very own after-party with all of our fans. Q. How did you feel taking photos with so many global stars at the Billboard Music Awards? J: It’s our second year participating at the Billboards and it’s amazing, such an honour to have become close with some artists, as well as to have people we’ve only seen on TV or the internet come up to us first and ask to take pictures with us, or even to suggest to collaborate with us. Q. How does it feel to see videos (of people) overseas cheering for you and singing along, regardless of race or age? JM: When I see fans singing along, it feels like one of the happiest moments for me. I always feel that we must do our best and show everything we’ve got for the people who sing for us. Q. For foreign songs, you learned them by romanising into Hangeul while for your Korean lyrics, it seems that you’re making Hangeul more known by including their English meanings too? V: If you watch the videos, you’ll see that they’re all made by our ARMY. It really surprises me that through these videos, ARMY from all over the world can transcend language barriers and geographical boundaries to communicate effectively. This really makes us even happier. Q. When you look at BTS’ songs, isn’t there a lot of dialogue about socio-political issues? S: Not only are we interested in them, but while making music, we always wanted to share our stories and convey the many thoughts and messages of the current generation, the people living in this generation. We considered this our role and because many people showed an interest in us, they gave us much courage and strength. I often feel really happy, honoured and blessed to be able to do this sort of work. RM: No matter the topic, we always want to share it and talk about it through our music and performances. That’s why the series we’re currently working on is called ‘LOVE YOURSELF’. Because we wanted to share what it means to love oneself and what true love is, it would be a great honour if we’re able to express these points through our music and performances. Q. When you listen to 'Fake Love', Jimin’s singing part is quite high and the dance continues to take place at the same time so it (the song) must be quite difficult to perform. JM: Originally, it was difficult to learn the dance because the style was quite different from what we’d done previously. That’s why, even up until now, the performance is hard to digest (pull off) and if my throat isn’t in good condition, there would be many parts that would be quite difficult to successfully perform live. Q. Jin’s part also seems quite difficult. J: I’m in charge of the same parts as Jimin and it’s quite high so we’ve had occasions where we spoke to (Bang) PD-nim (about it). The main producer said that when we struggle most with the notes, our voices sound the best… so it feels like our voices and vocal ranges are getting higher and better as we progress. Q. I heard you guys holiday together once a year so is it still fun to do so now? What about when you hang out together? JK: No matter how you look at it, we’re always together so when we go on holidays, it seems like we play around all day but it’s not actually like that. We do lots of trivial things together too. We buy food to cook and eat together, we play games, we do lots of small things too, since we’re on vacation. Q. What if you weren’t singers? I often hear talk amongst members about what they would be if they weren’t celebrities or, in this case, BTS. What do you think? JM: When I was in 3rd year of middle school, I was conflicted about two potential pathways. I wanted to be both a policeman and a stage performer and in the end, I chose this path. However, if this wasn’t meant to be, then wouldn’t my desire to be a policeman have grown stronger….? V: My strongest desire was to become someone like my father. And because I dreamt of being a singer, I took up a musical instrument, the saxophone. I learnt it for 3 years and have since stopped for about 8 years, but wouldn’t I have become a saxophonist….? JH: In my case, I liked tennis during elementary school so if I hadn’t become an artist, I wonder if I would’ve become a tennis player. Tennis player Jeonghyun is really cool. Even his ceremony was cool. S: I originally entered the company as a producer so I would’ve been a producer or 8 o’clock news announcer/reporter. In that position, from that position, I would’ve watched over BTS…. Q. Please say a few words to your fans, ARMY. JK: I think so many things have happened, positive things, in order for us to have reached the position we are in now. V: It’s because of ARMY that we are the BTS we are today. If ARMY didn’t exist, the BTS of today also wouldn’t be in existence. J: I really want to say thank you for always being with us. RM: It would be good if you could trust that we’ll always protect the things that we consider of important value. JM: I’m always thinking that if it’s possible, I want to spend my whole lifetime making more memories together with everyone. S: It would be great if our existence can be a source of strength for one another for a very, very long time into the future. J: I definitely want to convey that I’m extremely thankful for you always being together with us. I love you. JH: Both when I lose or when I experience a beautiful moment like the blooming of a morning glory, I want it to be shared with you. Thank you. [article source] Despite how far they've come and how much they've achieved, they still remain the same humble, grateful and passionate individuals. At every single chance they get, they do their best to project a beautiful, loving and praise-worthy image of ARMY to the rest of the world, even when people insinuate or even express outright that they think ARMY are crazy or operate on some negative spectrum or other. Their passion for their craft and love for and dedication towards ARMY - and humanity in general - is truly inspiring so it's no wonder that they evoke the same sort of passion, love and dedication in legions of diverse people around the world. Like Tae's mentioned in a previous interview, I don't know how much farther up they can rise but if they can stay true to their core values and intentions (and I'm sure they will), I truly believe these boys can change society for the better. And not just society within Korea or America, but ultimately, the world. They're already changing the status quo within their homeland AND the mainstream Western music industry, who knows what's going to happen next? The only thing that we know for sure is that ARMY will be there with them every step of the way, through thick and thin, and hopefully in even larger masses in future, because these boys deserve to achieve every single one of their goals and dreams. And the world needs to hear, feel and experience everything they have to offer.
  19. On the May 25 episode of “Music Bank,” BTS’s “Fake Love” and GFRIEND’s “Time for the Moon Night” were up for first place, but in the end, BTS came in first. Congratulations to BTS! This week’s episode also featured performances from (G)I-DLE, N.Flying, W24, The Boyz, DreamCatcher, Lovelyz, Ben, SNUPER, IZ, UNI.T, Youme, Kanto, CROSS GENE, Tweety, Teen Top, Peppertones, and Hwang Insun. cr:soompi
  20. BTS Nominated For 4 Categories At 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards D. Kim April 27, 2018 For the first time ever, BTS has been nominated for the Radio Disney Music Awards! The nominees for this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards were announced on April 27, and BTS was revealed to be nominated for four categories. BTS is a nominee for the Best Duo/Group category, alongside Clean Bandit, Echosmith, Imagine Dragons, and Maroon 5. BTS’s “DNA” is nominated for Best Song That Makes You Smile. Their song is up against Bleachers’ “I Miss Those Days,” Meghan Trainor’s “No Excuses,” Walk the Moon’s “One Foot,” and Grace VanderWaal’s “So Much More Than This.” Another one of BTS’ songs is a nominee for Best Dance Track. “Mic Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” is up against “Friends” by Justin Bieber & BloodPop, “Let Me Go” by Hailee Steinfeld & Alesso f. Florida Georgia Line & watt, “The Middle” by Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey, and “Silence” by Marshmello f. Khalid. The next category is especially meaningful for both BTS and their fans, as ARMY is nominated for Fiercest Fans. Other nominated fandoms include Mellogang for Marshmello, Megatronz for Meghan Trainor, Selenators for Selena Gomez, and Mendes Army for Shawn Mendes. Fans can begin voting now on the official website until June 3. Winners will be honored at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards taking place on June 23. Congratulations to BTS on their nominations! Source (1) Original article at Soompi.
  21. Full list of nominees can be found here. YAAAASSS