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  1. BTS’s “Love Yourself: Tear” Receives 2019 Grammy Awards Nomination For Best Recording Package Dec 7, 2018 by J. K BTS’s album “Love Yourself: Tear” has been nominated for a Grammy Award! On December 7, the list of nominees for the 2019 Grammy Awards was announced. BTS’s “Love Yourself: Tear” has been nominated in the Best Recording Package category, which is given to an album’s art director as recognition of the visual look of the album. The art director of BTS’s May 2018 album “Love Yourself: Tear” is HuskyFox. Fellow nominees are the art directors for Mitski’s “Be the Cowboy,” St. Vincent’s “Masseduction,” The Chairman’s “The Offering,” and Foxhole’s “Well Kept Thing.” The 2019 Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, with the show airing on February 10 at 8 p.m. on CBS. article source original source
  2. BTS ON WHY THEIR MUSIC SPEAKS TO YOUNG PEOPLE AND THEIR COLLABORATIVE CREATIVE PROCESS DURING AN INTIMATE Q&A IN LOS ANGELES, THE SOUTH KOREAN BOY BAND SAY THEY WANT TO 'REASSURE' YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH MUSIC 12-09-18 By Joshua Calixto By all accounts, South Korean artists BTS are already on top of the world. Fresh off four sold-out Staples Center performances and yet another Billboard chart-topping album with Love Yourself: Answer, the group has nothing left to prove to its fervent ARMY fan base, which seems to grow in numbers and intensity with every new release. Still, despite BTS' remarkable talent for amassing what has been called "the largest, most enthusiastic niche audience in the country," the group is still technically catering to a niche. Even now, as the group continues to break sales and engagement numbers, it's remarkably difficult to find mainstream spaces that take the group as seriously as their fans do. Luckily for the 200 fans in attendance, Tuesday night's "A Conversation With BTS" event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, broke that mold with series of questions that dug deep, covering the group's artistic intent, their collaborative tendencies, and what drives them to keep moving forward. The event was full of sights we rarely get to see in the group’s North American tours: not only was the ARMY audience near-dead silent throughout the discussion as a show of respect, but even BTS themselves looked completely at ease, with pensive rapper Suga stepping up to tag-team questions with fellow emcee (and then-birthday boy) RM. Moderated by Grammy Museum Artistic Director Scott Goldman, here's what we learned about the group and their creative process during the revealing discussion: The group's founding principles BTS were quick to credit BigHit CEO and producer Bang Si Hyuk, better known as "Hitman" Bang, with defining the group's authentic vision. "He always emphasized that we should sing about our own experiences, our own thoughts, our own feelings. That has always been at the center of the music that we made," rapper Suga said, addressing the intimate crowd of U.S. fans via a translator. "When we first started out, some of us were still in our teens. I was in my early twenties. We talked about the issues that we faced, and that's made BTS what it is today." "We wanted to be a method of help for the world," leader and rapper RM added. "Mr. Bang wanted to make his music and his artists like that. We wanted to try to use our abilities and our skills and some of our inside inspirations to help the world." Why their music speaks to young people around the world Suga elaborated on the group's core goals in 2018 — to make deep, personal music with the intent of healing the younger generation. "When I think back to when I was a student, I listened to a lot of music, and it was a way for me to escape and to reassure myself," Suga said. "Nowadays, teens, people in their early twenties, listen to music, but we felt, and I feel that really, there wasn't a lot of good-sounding, healthy music to listen to that helps them — that there was a lack of that that we could fill." And these themes are universal. "I don't think it's just limited to Korea," he added. "Young people all over the world face these similar pains, sorrows, problems. That's why our fans and our listeners can relate to our music." The meaning behind "Music & Artist for Healing" At the start of every BTS video, there's a simple message beneath the BigHit logo: "Music & Artist for Healing." According to RM, the significance of that bold statement goes back to the group's pre-debut days. Think of it as a promise. "What we promised were two things: We have to talk about what's really inside us, and we want to be helpful to the world... to say and speak and show something that this world needs," RM said. "Life is supposed to be very ironic and unstable, and in teenage years and in our twenties, it's more and more. We doubt ourselves, sometimes we wanna live, sometimes we wanna die, and it changes day to day — even hour by hour." So that slogan, RM said, is a promise to talk about "what's inside" and to "be a help for our friends and the world." Their songwriting process For BTS, their artistic output and production process aren't just limited to music. "It includes the choreography, the styles, and a lot of different things that come together," Suga said. For a corporation as massive as Big Hit, you'd imagine that the most of the production process would take place behind closed doors. Not so, added Suga, who repeatedly compares the company’s songwriting process to a "year-round song camp" where members submit their song ideas to Bang and input is provided on an ongoing basis. According to Suga, Big Hit's production team is relatively flat in structure, with producers and BTS members working alongside each other and acting as "equal partners" in the process of creating music. As for how the group divides the work, rapper J-Hope said that all seven members "try hard to do our roles, whether it's writing lyrics or writing songs." He added: "Our participation in the process makes the music more sincere." There's also a healthy amount of competition between the members of BTS and their production team. "In tracks, melodies and lyrics, we try to compete. If somebody comes up with a better one, we use that," RM said. But according to Suga, there's no hierarchy in their creative process. "If there was a barrier between our production team and us, we wouldn't be able to make the kind of music that we can." How they conceptualize their albums It's easy to forget that Love Yourself: Answer represents the end of an era for BTS — an era that's arguably brought the group its most significant success. To commemorate the moment, RM took some time to recap the many series the group has created up until this point, and to talk about Love Yourself's place in the larger BTS canon. "Five years ago, in our debut, we talked about schools," RM said. "We talked about schools with three albums. And then we talked about youth with three albums. And then, folks grow up, right? We're not going to school anymore, and our attitude to life changed a little bit. What we could talk about now, and the story the world needed most was love." So the idea for the group's record-breaking series was born out of this admittedly "very abstract" idea of love. "Many people mistake love with being in love, falling in love. Young people fall in love very easily," RM said. "But if somebody doesn't love themselves, then they can love nobody." From there, the group and their creative team conceptualized a four-part series — three albums and one video — about love, loss, and acceptance. "We've been doing [the Love Yourself series] for two years and a half, so it's really risky... Thanks to our fans — they reacted to us, they felt us, and they told us that they came to love themselves even a little more thanks to this album." Choosing the perfect title track According to singer and eldest member Jin, the "title song will be the song that we feel reflects the unique color and message of the album, so if you want to see for a particular album what the key message is, you can watch the music video for the title track and see." So it makes a lot of sense that Jin's quietly powerful ballad "Epiphany" and the loud, colorful anthem "IDOL" kicked off the Love Yourself: Answer era, as both songs speak to the idea that a healthy, happy foundation starts with truly loving yourself. Resolving conflict within the group With seven personalities in one group, it's only natural that there would be disagreements, but the members of BTS encourage open, honest dialogue between themselves and their production team. As the group's resident optimist, it should come as no surprise when J-Hope steps in to handle the first big question about these kinds of creative disagreements: "If we think something is not good, we’ll openly say it," he said. "If there's choreography, for example, and it feels like it's going to be too taxing on our physical resources — as I said, we’re not getting any younger — we'll say so, and then we’ll make those changes." What's perhaps less expected, though, is the passion with which other members step in to get their own thoughts in. The moment J-Hope finishes his sentence, Jimin jumps in to tack on some new ideas of his own: "A lot of evolution takes place in the recording booth too, when we're actually recording a song. Lyrics and melody that may seem okay, once when we actually start recording it, we may identify some problems... we'll come together, we'll discuss it, then discuss the changes we can make." According to Suga, it's that "mutual respect for each other" that keeps BTS on track and moving forward. K-pop as integrated content When asked if they viewed K-pop, or Korean popular music, as a genre — specifically, if there were qualities that set it apart from other types of music — Suga was hesitant to label it as such. "I'm a little bit careful to talk about K-pop as a genre because I don't want to be defining K-pop as a genre, so I'm a little bit wary of that," he said. "But rather than approach K-pop as a genre, I think a better approach would be the integrated content. K-pop includes not just the music, but the clothes, the makeup, the choreography. All of these elements amalgamate together in a visual and auditory content package that sets it apart from other music or other genres." Their relationship with their fans It's only fitting that the conversation would end with a brief, poignant message to ARMY, who have helped propel a group from Seoul to U.S. airwaves and a sold-out stadium show in New York City. "The fans gave us the wings that allowed us to be where we are," vocalist V said. "So we're always thankful, and we know we're here thanks to our fans." Following that up was youngest member Jungkook, who wrapped things up with a final set of thoughts on the group's recent victories. "[Our success on the Billboard charts] shows us where we are as a group and the achievements we've made, and I think that makes us think more about our responsibilities and how we should act—how we should make our music. It makes us think more deeply about what we do and how responsible we should be." source