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  1. BTS Shine At GRAMMY U SoundChecks In Chicago "BTS never sleeps... We work around the clock, and technology has developed that allows us to collaborate with people around the world," the group exclusively told the Recording Academy prior to their Windy City event LIOR PHILLIPSM MEMBERSHIP MAY 16, 2019 - 11:37 AM "When we think of painting, artists just describe how it looks. As time passed, Picasso came and started to express image and feeling. And now with social media, we can communicate through the painting. We can think of the image, talk to it and ask questions." -RM of BTS While the ecstatic, eager crowds gathered in hungry anticipation around Soldier Field prior to BTS' second night in Chicago, there was a serene, enchanting aura inside the pop sensations' forum with GRAMMY UChicago students at a SoundChecks event on Sunday, May 12. The afternoon began with the students getting a bird's eye view of BTS' soundcheck, looking down as the Korean septet performed two songs for the sea of about 2,000 members of the ARMY (as fans of the group are known). Though the fans toting hand-painted signs and wearing bedazzled cat ears at the front of the stage screamed for joy at every evocative dance move and flutter of confetti, the GRAMMY U students took in the big picture, learning how such a big show is produced. When BTS and the students were ushered into a private room not long later, the group shared details on all of the hard work that goes into making a performance seem so effortless. "BTS never sleeps," RM told the Recording Academy prior to their Windy City event. “We work around the clock, and technology has developed that allows us to collaborate with people around the world." As GRAMMY U is designed to celebrate music's future, it seems fitting to give the students access to one of the most groundbreaking artists of today, a group that strives to redefine the way in which artists interact with their fans and bring their music to life. "Our music and performance receiving so much love from so many people around the world is proof that the language and borderlines in music are diminishing, and we hope that we can continue to remove those barriers," RM said. "We always try to communicate with the audience on stage. Although the venue has grown in scale, we will continue to pour our passion and energy as we always do." K-pop phenomenon BTS (Beyond the Scene) formed in 2013 as Bangtan Sonyeondan, which translates roughly to "Bulletproof Boy Scouts." Together, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Junkook have quickly catapulted to a massive worldwide fandom comparable perhaps only to Beatlemania, a comparison born out by the fact that, with MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA, BTS charted three Billboard number one albums in less than a year, a feat the lads from Liverpool achieved in the mid-'60s. Though proud of that fact, BTS aren’t focused on the past, but always working hard to build something new for the future. "It’s such a great honor to be mentioned alongside The Beatles, but BTS is just BTS," RM said. The fact that the day’s event was connected to GRAMMY U naturally brought to mind the critical appreciation growing to match the worldwide K-pop phenomenon. Multiple students expressed curiosity regarding the differences between international markets, asking questions about BTS' experience breaking into the American music scene. And though they've become easily the biggest group from Korea, BTS wanted to make it clear that they remain focused solely on themselves. "We aren’t the representatives for K-pop," RM said. "We can’t define or say what it is, but these days, thanks to social media and fans, we’re lucky to have the opportunity to share our words with the world." The other major difference the group noted relates to the ways in which labels work and the very size of the industry itself. In the U.S., they explained, there are many discrete teams that interact and work together, whereas in their home country, the label might be bigger and more all-encompassing. "I think this is quite interesting: In Korea, there’s a big label that gets young talent and they help bring everything together for them," RM said. "It’s like a year-round song camp." Though all the moving pieces may be arranged under one tent, as with BTS' home Big Hit Entertainment, artists and label representatives alike need to develop strong communication skills—something the group stressed as important for anyone aspiring to join the industry. "Each artist has their own preferences and pace, and each sound engineer has their own sphere of artistry," RM said. "Every venue is different, so we sit down and meet with engineers and make sure we communicate. The most important thing is to be sensitive." While they’ve been focused internally on their music, BTS have also been incredibly outward-facing socially, making an astonishing impact as philanthropists. In 2018 alone, the group’s "Love Myself" campaign raised more than $1 million for UNICEF. Beyond those charitable acts, countless ARMY fans look up to BTS for guidance or positivity. That can be a difficult task, but one the group are ready for. "It would be a lie if we said we didn’t feel pressure, but it’s always great to hear from our fans all over the world that our music changed their lives," RM said. "It makes us think more deeply about what we do and our music and puts even more responsibilities on our shoulders." The group's rapid ascent has been dotted with exciting performances and recognition. BTS presented the award for the best R&B Album at the 61st GRAMMY Awards in February, and made their SNL debut in April. In all these experiences, the group explained, they remain focused on the fans. “While achievements are important, we hope to give our fans happiness above all else," RM said. "In fact, [Map of the Soul: Persona] is also made to enjoy with fans, so as long as we can enjoy and be happy, I don't think there is a better achievement."
  2. This Video Of Jungkook Crying At BTS' Last U.S. 'Speak Yourself' Concert Will Break You BY HOLLEE ACTMAN BECKER Were you one of the lucky ARMYs in the house at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on May 19? It was BTS' final U.S. stop on their record-setting Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour, so emotions were running high, y'all! Can't say I'm surprised — I mean, the seven-member crew is the first-ever K-Pop group to take on a stadium world tour, so it only makes sense that they got super emo when they closed it out in the U.S. of A. There was just so much love and energy in the air as the crowd waved their Bangtan Bombs and watched RM, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook make history during their nearly-three-hour performance. Speaking of Kookie, if you haven't seen this video of Jungkook crying at BTS' last U.S. 'Speak Yourself' concert yet, trust me when I tell you that it will have you all up in your feelings. It's been a big month for BTS. They won two Billboard Music Awards on May 1 — one for Top Social Artist and one for Top Duo/Group. Just a few days after their big win, they performed their first sold-out U.S. show in Los Angeles on May 4 at Rose Bowl stadium, then proceeded to put on five more shows in L.A., Chicago, and New Jersey over the course of the next 14 days. Pretty impressive, right? So you can understand why Jungkook would be all up in his feelings about it coming to an end — at least on this side of the pond (the boys still have a bunch of June and July tour dates ahead in the UK, Brazil, France, and Japan). ANYWAY, HERE'S THE VIDEO OF JUNGKOOK CRYING AT THE END OF THE SHOW: Hear that sound? It's the sound of ARMYs collective heartbreaking. Fans seriously couldn't handle Junkook's heartfelt breakdown, and they wasted no time hopping on Twitter to let us all know how they were feeling about this moving moment. CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE TOUCHING TWEETS: SAME. Luckily, Jungkook had his bandmates there to comfort him. J-Hope yelled "Don't cry!" into his mic as JK shed his tears and Jimin wrapped a supportive arm around his shoulders on stage. Later, Jungkook took to Twitter to share a video he filmed on his ride, presumably, to the boys' hotel after the concert in which Jimin tells him not to cry and asks if he's OK. Could BTS be any more supportive?! It's clear that Jungkook puts his whole heart and soul into his performances — as do the rest of the boys. In fact, RM gave the most inspirational speech at the end of the May 19 MetLife show about what it feels like for the group to be living out their dreams. "Dear America," he said. "Thank you for embracing us. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for accepting us. These seven boys from Korea who are singers in Korean and who have even different looks, speak different languages. You guys truly teach us that music transcends the language. This moment and you guys here did become our real dream. Really, the most important thing is this moment, breathing with you guys, singing with you guys, just finally enjoying the same thing, the positive. This moment will forever be my dream. Thank you so much." Right backatcha, brotha! YOU CAN WATCH RM'S SPEECH IN ITS ENTIRETY HERE:
  3. 'SNL' Musical Guests, Ranked From No. 1 To Greta Van Fleet Saturday Night Live's 44th season ended over the weekend with the help of host Paul Rudd and musical guest DJ Khaled, who brought with him an all-star cast that included J Balvin, John Legend and SZA. As the season's 21st and final featured musical guest, Khaled joined a wildly mixed bag that included K-pop (BTS), blues-rock (Gary Clark Jr.), country (Thomas Rhett), R&B (Khalid, Ella Mai), hip-hop (Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, et al), neo-classic rock (Greta Van Fleet), old-school-classic folk-pop (Paul Simon) and, of course, a performance in which Kanye West rapped from inside an outfit shaped like a gigantic Perrier bottle. SNL's Studio 8H stage is famously unforgiving: The sound can be iffy, the crowd came to see comedy and the energy can be hard to maintain. But, as with previous years, Season 44 unveiled a few gems, as well as a few true head-slappers. It's a fool's errand — a truly cruel and pointless exercise — to attempt a dispassionate rank of 21 vastly different musical performances, especially when they've been spread out over an eight-month-long season. So, for the second year in a row, here goes. 3. BTS "Boy With Luv," "Mic Drop" The Studio 8H stage can be a cavernous and unforgiving place. It can make bands seem small and enervated, and it takes effort to fill the space. Some use light shows or props, while others employ an expanded array of backing musicians, but the smart ones know that it helps to bring a little something extra. For the Korean boy-band sensation BTS — not only making its own SNL debut, but also marking the show's initiation into the world of K-pop — that something extra was motion, and lots of it. The group's seven members sing and rap in multiple languages, but they're also almost comically vibrant dancers, which gives their live TV appearances a welcome jolt of energy, color and joy. Here, the ubiquitous new "Boy With Luv" and the older track "Mic Drop" unfolded as a giddy swirl of bouncy, joyful stimuli.
  4. BTS at MetLife Stadium concert review: Why the K-pop superstars aren't like other groups Chris Jordan Asbury Park Press Published 6:40 PM EDT May 19, 2019 The Korean pop group BTS isn’t like other groups on American stages. In two and half hours of stylized musical spectacle on Saturday, May 18 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, there was no gratuitous nudity, no simulated sex and no curse words from the stage. Or, if there were curse words, they were in Korean. But we highly doubt there were. BTS, which plays again at MetLife on Sunday, May 19, has become a worldwide phenomenon by bucking the general trend of pop culture crassness for a decidedly un-vulgar pop music experience. BTS at MetLife: Fans praise group's message of acceptance before show BTS at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford: Everything you need to know BTS looking for 'loving' fans to help manage their new BTS World video game Un-vulgar, but certainly not boring or overly chaste. The looks the members of the group — Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook — gave the stadium cameras for their many close ups during the show told vividly of many unspoken desires. You could tell by the deafening screams in the mostly female audience. The BTS “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” tour show was big on visuals, thanks to two giant screens on each side of the stage, along with props, set pieces, pyrotechnics, confetti and even spritzes of water shot over the audience that landed as mist. There was lots of ensemble dancing, and so many male backing dancers that we lost count. Audience participation included flashlights which were remotely controlled, effectively making the whole stadium a spectacle. The group really does come out of left field sometimes, which is not a bad thing. A video of RM and Jimin jumping up and down on a bed and playing catch with an orange preceded the live Jimin in a plastic bubble singing “Serendipity.” A video of V in a fluorescent rose garden set-up his singing “Singularity” in a bed that looked like it came from a Salvador Dali painting. The songs are a mixture of pop, R&B, hip-hop and EDM, and they’re well crafted and full of hooks. There are two things that a seasoned concert goer will notice about a BTS show. One thing is how much attention the group pays to the many cameras on stage. Group members almost seem to bypass the live audience for the cameras, and it works in a way, as the huge screens on stage are where the eyes are drawn. The second thing is there are no musicians playing instruments. A big sounding arena-pop song like “Idol” would sound bigger with a band, and the piano ballad “The Truth Untold” would have benefited immensely from a real piano. Instead, it was less than fulfilling. Too bad. BTS’ album, “Love Yourself: Tear,” released last May, was the first K-pop No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The group has had two more No. 1s since then, becoming the first group since the Beatles to have three No.1s in a 12-month span. The anticipated delays for NJ Transit trains never materialized — fans did not have to wait long to board trains after the show. However, there were relatively long lines for ride-sharing cars as several factors, including Wi-Fi reception and demand, seemed to slow things down. “I don’t understand why they tell everyone in the stadium to go to a certain spot and then expect a million Ubers to show up,” said Jordan Baltzer of Bethlehem, PA., who was waiting with two friends for a ride back to their hotel. Baltzer and her friends are coming back on Sunday. Some tickets are still available. A show like this doesn’t happen every day. Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on both Bruce Springsteen and Snooki. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; cjordan@app.com.
  5. BTS Concludes U.S. Tour With Epic Two-Night Stint at MetLife Stadium by Evan Real BTS performs at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium on Saturday. During their first of two sold-out shows in New Jersey, the South Korean superstars energized nearly 80,000 fans with nonstop dancing, impressive vocals and touching reflections on their unprecedented stateside success. "Tonight, I truly realize that we did become something," said frontman RM. As temperatures began to rise on the East Coast over the weekend, South Korean supergroup BTS packed an extra punch of heat when they touched down in East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the final shows of the U.S. leg of their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself stadium world tour. Even before their first of two sold-out concerts at MetLife Stadium kicked off Saturday night, the crowd was fired up thanks to jumbotrons playing BTS' entire videography as an appetizer to the main event. Around 7:20 p.m., 10 minutes before the handsome septet hit the stage, the video for their 2016 hit, "Fire," invited fans to jump from their seats and move along to the song and chant its mostly Korean lyrics in a resounding singalong. In no time, it seemed as if the entire venue — which holds up to 82,500 people — started shaking. "Wait, this feels like an earthquake," one delightfully shocked attendee in section 113 said. This expression of excitement — a forceful reverberation of a sturdy steel structure that spans 50 kilometers in length — was quite remarkable, especially given the fact BTS' nearly three-hour spectacle hadn't even yet commenced. But that's the power of the K-pop boy band's ARMY, the official name of their deeply loyal fandom whose intensity is arguably unmatched when compared to other fan bases. Proving their devotion, many concertgoers on Saturday said that they also purchased tickets — which sold for hundreds of dollars apiece — to Sunday night's show. But judging from the bright smiles and ear-shattering screams that filled the stadium once the lights went down to signal BTS' arrival, it was obvious that seeing the Seoul-based band perform live is a priceless experience for many. Following minutes of anticipation, a duo of giant, mirrored cheetah statues appeared onstage and eventually rose to reveal what seemed to be about 30 male backup dancers. As the opening chords of BTS' "Dionysus" — their party anthem named after the Greek god of wine — boomed over the speakers, the dancers scattered away to uncover members RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook flanked by a circle of flames. After breaking free from their starting positions, BTS traversed across set pieces that aptly included Greek pillars and a marble table reminiscent of The Last Supper. The band — dressed in coordinated white ensembles — gave reason to worship as they served up impossibly tight choreography paired with heavenly vocals. It only seemed fitting that the K-pop kings ended their opening number seated in seven thrones. The talented young men continued to command the stage as they transitioned into "Not Today," which also included an extravagant light display and frequent bursts of fireworks. (A combination of holographic imagery, pyrotechnics, streamers, confetti, bubbles and waterworks would be employed during almost every song.) Prior to singing "Wings," the next track in their robust set, the band took a breather to check in with the audience — their first of many chats with fans throughout the night. "Look at this stadium. You made this, ARMY. We love you. We came for you," V said as he reveled in the view of the tens of thousands of fans who came out to support him and his bandmates. "It feels like we're flying. We will fly to you with the wings you gave us," Jungkook added with a wink and a tilt of his head, undoubtedly aware of how cheesy his on-the-nose introduction of "Wings" was. But the youngest member of the group — who, at 21, holds the coveted "maknae" title — wasn't kidding about that aviation part. Later in the show, halfway through an energetic performance of his solo track, "Euphoria," a pink denim-clad Jungkook literally took flight. Offering one of the concert's most exhilarating moments, he fearlessly glided across the stadium on a zip line, all while maintaining a crystal-clear falsetto for the vocally challenging song. Each member had a chance to shine on his own at the concert, which served as a prism reflecting the distinctly different attitudes that BTS is comprised of. J-Hope became an irrepressible disco prince for "Just Dance"; Jimin, a former modern dance student, showed off his technique for a sensual rendition of "Serendipity"; RM embodied a hip-hop cupid for "Love"; Suga channeled Hugh Hefner in sparkly red pajamas for the smooth "Seesaw"; Jin showed he's a capable piano player with his impactful ballad "Epiphany"; and V made hearts race as he writhed around a floating bed for his breathy slow jam, "Singularity." Somewhere in the middle of all this, the guys reconvened to perform their latest hit, "Boy With Luv," the lead single from BTS' record-breaking album Map of the Soul: Persona. (The album, released April 12, marked their third consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 chart in just 11 months, making BTS the only group to achieve that feat since The Beatles.) For "Boy With Luv" — which features vocals from American chart-topper Halsey — BTS flawlessly executed moves made famous in the song's accompanying music video, as fans attempted to match them from their seats. The same went for BTS' performances of their other hits with choreography-heavy visuals, including the bass-thumping "Idol," the moody "Fake Love" and the rock-tinged "Mic Drop." Before the final section of their show — for which BTS wore pieces from their own line of merch — the group launched into one more address to their beloved ARMY, encouraged by frontman RM, who wanted to hear his bandmates "say how we really feel tonight." "I want to thank you guys for coming out tonight. Work and school gives us a lot of stress. I hope this was a stress relief for you guys tonight," Jin said through a translator, before joking, "Screaming is the best for stress relieving!" Not surprisingly, this caused the crowd to erupt in yet another round of deafening cheers and applause. Jungkook said that playing the venue was a "dream come true." He elaborated, "When I came to MetLife Stadium, I wanted to be with you guys. I imagined being with you. This was beyond amazing. This performance was possible due to your love and support. Thank you so much. I love you." For his part, RM gave thought to the five-year journey that the boys of BTS have taken from their days as a relatively unknown act in the U.S. to cementing themselves as global icons. "This is truly the most beautiful stadium that we've ever seen. Back in the day, five years ago in 2014, we were on Broadway in a small hall and we couldn't do the encore because of some reasons," he recounted. "And I still remember it. At that time, we were truly nothing and nobody noticed us." Continued RM, "But they use this phrase a lot: 'From nothing to something.' And tonight, I truly realize that we did become something. That's just because you guys became our something." After taking a selfie with the crowd, BTS closed out the night with a back-to-back performance of their Ed Sheeran-penned single, "Make It Right" — which they dedicated to their ARMY — and the solar system-inspired "Mikrokosmos," for which a larger-than-life, glittering orb ascended into the air — the perfect centerpiece for a stadium that was already aglow with a sea of iPhone flashlights and $60 BTS-branded light sticks. Expressing their gratitude until the very last second of the show, BTS' Jimin admitted that he "[didn't] want to go home" after a "very, very beautiful concert" at MetLife, with J-Hope echoing: "A beautiful concert! ARMY, you are beautiful." BTS then took a few more photos with the audience and led them in a chorus of "na-na-nas" as the instrumental for "Mikrokosmos" continued to play and copious amounts of confetti shot out of cannons. Though the group hails from the other side of the world — and several of its members aren't fluent in English — the love shared between BTS and their tri-state area ARMY was certainly not lost in translation. "You are the stars and the lighthouse that lead us in the night," RM explained. And with that, BTS finally bid farewell. The band — who made history last year as the first K-pop act to ever host and sell out a stadium show in the U.S. at New York's Citi Field — will continue on with their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself stadium world tour on May 25 in Brazil at Sao Paulo's Allianz Parque. Setlist: "Dionysus" "Not Today" "Wings" "Just Dance" (J-Hope solo) "Euphoria" (Jungkook solo) "Best of Me" "Serendipity" (Jimin solo) "Love" (RM solo) "Boy With Luv" "Dope" "Baepsae" "Fire" "Idol" "Singularity" (V solo) "Fake Love" "Seesaw" (Suga solo) "Epiphany" (Jin solo) "The Truth Untold" "Tear" "Mic Drop" "Anpanman" "So What" "Make It Right" "Mikrokosmos"
  6. **Just spotted this article on Refinery29 about the revenue BTS brings to South Korea....** ------------------------------------------- "Their trend-setting style and meticulously choreographed performances contribute the same to the Korean economy as 26 mid-sized companies, states a report published by Hyundai Research Institute." ----------------------------------------------- The article can be found here: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/05/233131/bts-three-billion-south-korean-tourism (photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
  7. BTS By Halsey (all winners have an essay written about them by another celebrity) How exactly does one accomplish world domination? Surely it takes remarkable talent, charm, kindness, altruism and dedication. But you’d still be missing a key component: a devoted community to uplift your efforts, soften your stumbles and shoot light from their eyes into the sky in your name every single night. By these parameters, BTS has reached the top. Over the past few years, the K-pop group has taken the music industry by storm—shattering sales records, gathering accolades and performing across the globe for head-spinning audiences—all the while remaining exemplary ambassadors for their Korean culture. But behind those three letters are seven astounding young men who believe that music is stronger than the barriers of language. It’s a universal dialect. With positive messages of self-confidence, intricacies of philosophy hidden in their sparkly songs, true synergy and brotherhood in every step of their elaborate choreography, and countless charitable and anthropological endeavors, BTS have put their 14 best feet forward as role models to millions of adoring fans and anyone else who finds themselves drawn to BTS’s undeniable allure. I have known “the boys”—as I and other fans affectionately call them—for years and had the pleasure of traveling to Korea to hang with them on multiple occasions. Outwardly, they are polished and professional, but hours of laughter, secret handshakes and gifts exchanged show those around them that underneath this showstopping, neatly groomed movement are just some guys who love music, one another and their fans. For BTS, world domination is just another 8-count in the contemporary dance of life. But if you think that’s easy, you haven’t seen the love and effort these young men put into each and every step. Halsey is a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter source
  8. The Greatest Showmen: An exclusive look inside the world of BTS Leah Greenblatt - March 28, 2019 at 08:47 AM EDT Maybe you saw them piled on the klieg-lit couches of Ellen DeGeneres and Jimmy Fallon, trading light bilingual banter with their starstruck hosts. Maybe it was when they spoke solemnly on mental health and self-love at the United Nations General Assembly last September, or when a wall of dolphin-like screams greeted them as they rolled into February’s Grammy Awards in trim matching tuxedos, their hair tinted various shades of pastel macaron. Or maybe the cover of this magazine is the first time you’ve truly noticed BTS. (Stranger things have happened in 2019.) But it seems indisputable to say that sometime over the past two years, the septet have taken over the world: two No. 1 albums on the Billboard chart in the span of three months; more than 5 billion streams combined on Apple Music and Spotify; a string of sold-out concert dates from the Staples Center in Los Angeles to London’s famed Wembley Stadium. That hardly makes them the first boy band to dominate a cultural moment, but the fact that they are all Korean-born and -raised, singing Korean-language songs only occasionally sprinkled with English, feels like something brand-new. And it speaks to an unprecedented kind of global currency — one where pop music moves without barriers or borders, even as geopolitics seem to retreat further behind hard lines and high walls. On a blindingly bright March day in Seoul five weeks before the release of their upcoming sixth EP, Map of the Soul: Persona, the band is holed up at their record label Big Hit Entertainment, preparing. Buildings like this are where much of the magic of the phenomenon known as K-pop happens, though Big Hit’s headquarters on a quiet side street in the city’s Gangnam district (yes, the same one Psy sang about in his 2012 smash “Gangnam Style”) look a lot like any other tech office: sleek poured-cement corridors and glass-box conference rooms scattered with well-stocked mini-fridges, plush toys, and the occasional beanbag chair. Only a display case stacked with a truly staggering number of sales plaques and statuettes, and a glossy large-scale photo print of BTS at their sold-out concert at New York’s Citi Field last October, give away the business they do here. Down a long hallway, all seven members lounge in various states of readiness as they gear up to pretape a thank-you video for an iHeartRadio award they won’t be able to accept in person. Jimin, bleached blond and pillow-lipped, is having his hair carefully flat-ironed in a wardrobe room filled with racks of coordinated denim and neon streetwear. Dozens of pairs of pristine Nikes and Converse are piled in a corner; a lone fun-fur jacket the color of strawberry ice cream slumps on a hanger behind him, like a neglected Fraggle. Jung Kook, the baby of the band at 21, sits obediently in a folding chair in the dance studio, also having his hair tended to; J-Hope strides by in a white dress shirt emblazoned with an over-size silk-screen of Bart Simpson, then grins and disappears. Suga, V, and Jin huddle together on low sofas next door, scrolling through their phones and occasionally singing fragments of American R&B star Khalid’s “My Bad.” Twenty-four-year-old RM, the group’s de facto leader and lone fluent English speaker, is the last to arrive. They run through their speech for a camera crew and do maybe four or five takes until the director is satisfied. Then they settle in for a conversation in an airy break room upstairs, accompanied by their longtime translator, a large, amiable bald man in a business suit named John. (Unless noted, the answers of all members other than RM come through him.) Several weeks after returning from their first Grammys, they’re still riding high off the experience: presenting the award to H.E.R. for Best R&B Album; chatting with Shawn Mendes in the men’s room — “I was like, ‘Do I need to tell him who I am?’ ” Jimin remembers, “but then he said hello first, which was really nice” — and being seated only a sequin’s throw from Dolly Parton. (“She was right there in front of us!” marvels Jung Kook. “Amazing.”) As happily dazzled as they still seem to be by other celebrities, seeing BTS in the flesh triggers the same disorienting but not unpleasant sense of unreality. On screen, the band can look disconcertingly pretty; avatars of a sort of poreless, almost postgender beauty who seem to exist inside their own real-life Snapchat filters. In person they’re still ridiculously good-looking, but in a much more relatable, boyish way: bangs mussed, even the occasional chapped lip or small (okay, minuscule) blemish. Take away their Balenciaga high-tops and the discreet double Cs of Chanel jewelry, and they could almost be the cute college guy next to you at the coffee shop or on the train. Except riding public transportation or casually dropping into a Starbucks stopped being an option for BTS a long time ago. In Seoul, their faces are plastered across makeup kiosks and street signs and the sides of buses — even on massive digital billboards that are bought and paid for by private citizens to acknowledge a beloved member’s birthday, or just because. In cities like São Paulo and Tokyo and Paris, fans camp out days in advance for concerts and public appearances, obsessively trading trivia and rumored sightings. When the band posted their takethis link opens in a new tab on Drake’s #InMyFeelingsChallenge, it became the most liked tweet of 2018; this summer, Mattel will release an official line of BTS dolls. In the still center of this bizarre fame hurricane, the boys have managed to find a few pockets of normalcy. Jimin wistfully recalls a time in Chicago when they were able to slip out of their hotel rooms undetected “late at night, just to get some fresh air.” But most places, he admits, “that’s really out of the question” unless they split into smaller groups. “I mean, look at us,” RM adds with a laugh, running a hand through his own silver-nickel bangs. “Seven boys with dyed hair! It’s really too much.” Instead, they focus on the things they can do, like sneaking out to the movies (“Always the latest or earliest show,” says RM, if they want to stay unseen), shopping online (V loves eBay, especially for clothes), going fishing, playing StarCraft at home. Group housing is actually common for K-pop stars, and BTS seem to appreciate the shared stability: “We’ve been living together for a while now, almost eight, nine years,” says Jimin. “So in the beginning we had a lot of arguments and conflicts. But we’ve reached the point where we can communicate wordlessly, basically just by watching each other and reading the expressions.” Though they’re unfailingly polite and attentive in interviews, there’s a certain amount of contained chaos when they’re all together — a sort of tumbling-puppy cyclone of playful shoves, back slaps, and complicated handshakes — but also a surprising, endearing sweetness to the way they treat one another in quieter moments. When a question is posed to the group, they work hard to make sure each one of them is heard, and if someone is struggling to find a word, they’ll quickly reach out for a reassuring knee pat or side hug. Even with the language barrier of speaking to an American reporter, though, their individual personalities quickly start to emerge: Asked to name their earliest pop memories, the answers land all over the map. “I loved Pussycat Dolls’ ‘Stickwitu,’ ’’ says J-Hope, the group’s most accomplished dancer, snapping his fingers and cooing the chorus. For RM, who started out in Seoul’s underground rap scene, it’s Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.” (“I think that’s, like, a life pick for so many people around the world,” he admits, “but I can’t forget when I first watched 8 Mile and heard the guitars. That was my turning point.”) For Jung Kook, who has released covers of Justin Bieber and Troye Sivan songs, it was Richard Marx’s deathless lite-FM ballad “Now and Forever.” The soft-spoken Suga cites John Lennon’s “Imagine” as “the first song I fell in love with,” which feels like a fitting gateway to ask where BTS see themselves in the pantheon of musical heartthrobs that the Fab Four essentially invented. “Sometimes it feels really embarrassing when someone calls us a 21st-century Beatles or something like that,” RM concedes. “But if they want to call us a boy band, then we’re a boy band. If they want to call us a boy group, we’re a boy group. If they want to call us K-pop, then we’re cool with K-pop.” Ah, K-pop. In South Korea, where the genre has become not just a prime cultural commodity but a multibillion-dollar export, the players, known as “idols,” go through rigorous Fame-style schooling in song and dance and media training that often goes on for years before they’re considered ready for the spotlight. And it’s paid off: Business has been booming since the early ’90s, with stars from Girls’ Generation to G-Dragoncrossing over to various markets across Asia, Europe, and the Americas. But while the sound has remained fairly consistent — a canny mix of club-ready beats, hyper-sweetened choruses, and the more urban inflections of Western hip-hop and R&B — it’s never before landed with the lightning-bolt impact of BTS. Bang Si-Hyuk, the CEO and founder of Big Hit, began putting the band together in 2010, when all the members were in their tweens or teens: RM and Suga were coming up on the local rap scene; Jimin and J-Hope studied dance at performing-arts schools; V, who focused on singing early on, joined officially in 2013. Jin was an aspiring actor recruited off the street for his striking looks; Jung Kook, now one of the group’s main vocalists, joined while he was still in junior high. Though fansites tend to lean on their extracurricular differences (Jung Kook is a Virgo who loves pizza! V collects ties and clenches his teeth in his sleep!), each member genuinely does hold a unique space in the group’s process, whether it’s leaning more toward production, lyrics, or the supersize hooks the songs rest on. “With seven members we have seven different tastes, of course,” says RM. “So when it comes to songwriting, it’s like a big competition.” Occasionally, adds J-Hope, “we’ll write a lyric and decide, ‘This sort of reflects me [more], who I am and my own color,’ so we’ll want to keep that for a solo song.” Because Big Hit doesn’t restrict their right to funnel some ideas into side projects — and because the appetite for more BTS-sourced material online is seemingly unquenchable — members regularly release solo work through EPs, SoundCloud, and mixtapes. But the primary impact still comes through the official album releases, and the particularly weighty subjects those songs take on — a notable departure from the narrow, often strenuously upbeat topics other K-pop artists typically cover. “I promised the members from the very beginning that BTS’ music must come from their own stories,” says Bang; their subsequent openness about their own struggles with depression, self-doubt, and the pressure to conform took them all the way to the U.N. last fall, where RM addressed the band’s Love Myself campaign and #ENDviolence youth partnership with UNICEF. “They stand out,” says Japanese-American DJ and producer Steve Aoki, a top-selling global dance artist who has also collaborated with the band on several tracks. “And I’m not just talking about K-pop. They add so much of their personality to the music and into their stories and how they present themselves. And the world has fallen in love with them because they are showing that vulnerable side that everyone wants to see.” It helps, too, that the group’s more pointed messages are often slipped into the sticky aural peanut butter of anthems like “No More Dream,” “Dope,” and “Am I Wrong.” But they always appreciate the chance, Suga says, to get “a little more raw, a little more open.” RM elaborates: “I think it’s an endless dilemma for every artist, how much we should be frank and honest. But we try to reveal ourselves as much as we can.” Honesty has its limits, of course, when you’re the biggest band in the world. Asked to describe the new album, due April 12 (at press time, it had already hit over 2.5 million in preorders), members offer up cryptic but enthusiastic koans like “therapeutic” and “refreshing crispness.” To be fair, they can’t say much in part because the new album’s track list isn’t actually finalized yet — late decisions being a luxury of in-house production — though they do agree to play one song, a propulsive rap-heavy banger called “Intro: Persona.” (It was released as a teaser March 27; you can watch the video herethis link opens in a new tab.) When it comes to more personal questions about the challenges of dating or the goals they might want to pursue post-BTS, they pivot so gracefully to evasive, nonspecific answers, you almost can’t help but be impressed; it’s like watching a diplomat ice-dance. They want you to know that they are incredibly grateful for the devotion of their fans, and so blessed to be exactly where they are; that they really don’t think in terms of five- or 10-year plans. But they turn reflective when the subject of American pop’s holy grail, the Hot 100 singles chart, is raised. They cracked the top 10 last year with “Fake Love” but have yet to reach a higher spot, largely because mainstream radio airplay—a huge component of Hot 100 domination—still eludes them Stateside. “It will have to be a great song,” Suga acknowledges, “but also there’s a whole strategy that’s associated with getting all the way up. And then there has to be a measure of luck, obviously. So what’s important for us is just to make good music and good performances and have those elements come together.” Does a Spanish-language smash like 2017’s “Despacito” — which spent a record 16 weeks at No. 1 — make them more optimistic about their own odds? “You know, Latin pop has its own Grammys in America, and it’s quite different,” RM says thoughtfully. “I don’t want to compare, but I think it’s even harder as an Asian group. A Hot 100 and a Grammy nomination, these are our goals. But they’re just goals — we don’t want to change our identity or our genuineness to get the number one. Like if we sing suddenly in full English, and change all these other things, then that’s not BTS. We’ll do everything, we’ll try. But if we couldn’t get number one or number five, that’s okay.” Aoki, for one, has faith they’ll get there. “I think it’s 100 percent possible that a song sung entirely in Korean could crack the top of the Hot 100. I firmly believe that, and I really firmly believe that BTS can be the group that can do that. It’s going to pave the way for a lot of other groups, which they’ve already been doing—and when that happens, we’re all gonna celebrate.” Back at Big Hit, though, the band has more immediate work to do. RM offers a quick tour of his production room (each member has his own dedicated space on site). The door outside is guarded by a quirky assemblage of figurines by the renowned street artist Kaws, but inside feels, incongruously, like stepping into a tiny, luxurious Sundance lodge that also just happens to have a soundboard: There’s a beautiful coffee table made from a single piece of black walnut; Navajo-style rugs; tasteful art on the walls. RM talks easily about his admiration for producers like Zedd and the Neptunes (“Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were my true idols in 2006, 2007. Pharrell’s voice! It’s so sexy, how he sings”), and plays down his own skills (“As a beatmaker, Suga is way better than me. I don’t even know how to play the piano — I just do the chords like this,” he insists, miming keyboard Muppet hands). Then it’s back to the dance studio, where they’ve changed into track pants and T-shirts to run through new steps with a choreographer. It starts with a rough triangle formation, and an elaborate hip-swivel-into-pelvic-thrust/crotch-grab combo that actually plays much more innocently than it sounds, mostly because they keep stopping to crack each other up. Soon, though, they drill down — repeating the moves until they seem crisp but easy, almost an afterthought. It feels like time to leave them; the boys wave happily, shouting out a rowdy chorus of goodbyes. Then they turn back to the mirror, and keep dancing. source EDIT: How EW got the BTS cover: Inside the super-secretive shoot SEIJA RANKIN - March 29, 2019 at 02:00 PM EDT This past February, K-pop group BTS took the Grammy Awards by storm. It was their debut at the award show, and their nomination — for Best Recording Package — marked the first time a Korean record was recognized by the Grammys. BTS arrived on the scene in coordinated tuxedos and broke the internet with their first steps out of the limo. But a day before the Grammys, the group was preparing for a record-breaking Entertainment Weekly cover. They were about to let a journalist into their top-secret recording studio in Seoul, and they convened in Los Angeles for a photo shoot to kick things off. The production went down at a secret location (all we can reveal is that it was a hotel), and security was tighter than perhaps any EW cover shoot before. BTS — comprised of members RM, V, Suga, Jin, Jimin, Jung Kook, and J-Hope — brought an ARMY-sized entourage with them, including an interpreter and several high-level staffers at Big Hit, the prestigious K-Pop entertainment group. The group was so large that EW’s producers had to hunt high and low for furniture to accommodate everyone (you can see the special seven-person-sized couch in the video interview above). But all the pomp and circumstance did nothing to hinder the enthusiasm of BTS: They were laid-back and casual at the photo shoot, despite their trans-Pacific-flight-induced jet lag. Just like any twenty-something friends, they were goofing around and singing top 40 songs in between takes (Ariana Grande’s “7 Rings,” to be exact). And, at EW’s request, they even took some time out to teach us their favorite Korean slang. The Grammy weekend photo shoot was just the beginning of preparations for EW’s landmark cover: A few weeks later, Leah Greenblatt flew out to interview BTS in Seoul, South Korea. She is the first Western journalist to be allowed into the group’s recording studio and was given unprecedented access. Greenblatt toured the facilities, spent time watching the group prepare the finishing touches on their soon-to-be-released album Map of the Soul: Persona, and even listened to a track off the highly-anticipated EP. Oh, she also bore witness to the sheer scope of the band’s hometown fandom — including, but not at all limited to, the dedicated billboards that members of ARMY purchase to honor their favorite members. Check out the full cover story now — and stay tuned for even more exclusive access to be revealed. source
  9. BTS has officially announced their plans for a new project entitled ARMYPEDIA! On February 22, BTS launched a new Twitter account for their upcoming global campaign, which will chronicle the 2,080 days since the group’s debut on June 13, 2013. In a large-scale collaboration with BTS’s many fans all over the world, ARMYPEDIA will gather fans’ memories of the group to create an “archive of all things BTS.” A representative of Big Hit Entertainment commented, “ARMYPEDIA is a global campaign that is entirely unique to BTS.” Not only did BTS introduce their new project online through social media, but they also took out ads for ARMYPEDIA on billboards in seven different cities across the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and Hong Kong. Each of the billboards appears to be one of the 2,080 hidden “puzzle pieces” corresponding to the 2,080 days of BTS’s career, with a QR code and matching date displayed prominently on each ad. According to ARMYPEDIA’s official website (which fans first discovered on February 21), BTS has hidden 2,080 such puzzle pieces all over the world, both online and offline. Each puzzle piece corresponds to a specific date in BTS’s history, and every puzzle piece comes with its own QR code. Once fans have found a puzzle piece, scanned its QR code, and successfully answered a quiz question about BTS, any ARMY across the globe will be able to post a memory about BTS related to that specific date. For more information, check out ARMYPEDIA’s new official website and Twitter account below! View image on Twitter The Armypedia website: https://www.armypedia.net/Source (1) - - - Who thinks there should be an official Armypedia updates thread somewhere? Also, are Bighit crazy. Its only February of 2019...
  10. In a V Live broadcast on February 20, BTS’s RM sat down with fans to express some thoughts he’s been wanting to share. During the show, RM gave a tour of his studio space (the “Rkive”) to fans, and then answered many of their questions. When asked about the album the group is currently working on, RM said, “This album is one that I personally like a lot. I don’t mean that I like its atmosphere or something like that — it’s because it’s really organic. The songs are really…” He then stopped himself and said with a laugh, “Well, it’s no fun if I tell you everything!” RM also reassured fans as he said that they’re working hard as they prepare while also resting well when they rest. “One goal I have is to study about the things that I’m lacking, reflect on myself, and change,” he said. He shared that their album preparations are going well, and said they’re paying particular attention to every part of their music since they’re receiving so much attention. RM also talked about how the rap line (RM, Suga, and J-Hope) are able to record in their own studios at any time, while the vocal line members (Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook) are spending long hours in the recording studio. “They have to come here and work with the producers,” he said. “The time they stay here is really long, and could be tiring and dull, so I always want to tell the vocalist members that I appreciate that they’re working hard.” He then said, “There’s something that I’ve been thinking about lately. All seven of us are different, you know. We’re really incredibly different. I think I maybe said this in the past, but this is how I describe it: it’s like we’re all sailing in the same boat but looking at different places. We have different dispositions, we’re good and bad at different things, and the things we want to do are different too. But because we’re in this team, we see better sides of each other and we’re achieving things together under the name of BTS that we couldn’t do otherwise. I think the others know that even better than I do.” “The fact that we’ve come this far is like a miracle,” he said. “It’s really a miracle. Things like renewing our contracts — we’re so different and we really could have turned and said goodbye, but it’s a miracle that we’ve come this far. I’m so grateful.” “It makes me think ‘I need to work harder,'” continued RM. He expressed that he doesn’t know how many albums they will release in the future, but that until the end he wants to work hard so that he has fewer regrets, although he recognizes that it’s not possible to have no regrets at all. “The members trust in me and I trust in them,” he said. “So for this album too — and not just our album, but also the things that many of you are worried about and talking about — we’re trying to minimize that and think about that as much as possible. So trust in us. I hope that you’ll trust in us just a bit more. We’re really going to work hard.” He thanked fans and said, “I’m going to be working and running hard while I think about you. I’ll be here, because no matter what words are said, BTS is BTS. I’m grateful for all the honor you give us.” He gestured to his surroundings as he said, “This is BTS’s, not mine. And it’s all of yours. BTS is all of you, that’s what I think.” He explained that he’s been feeling very grateful lately as he works on the album, and wanted to express his gratitude and love. He also spoke in English, promising fans that they will do their best and saying, “Thank you for everything and we love you.” via Soompi
  11. 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/
  12. 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*
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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) ---
  22. 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
  23. 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