This Is : BTS
By : Alexa Agnello
“Please, ARMY*, remember what we say, love myself, love yourself”
BTS is a South Korean boy group who debuted in 2013. They are from a small company and almost faced disbandment the same year they debuted. They had many accomplishments in 2017. In the beginning of the year the album “You Never Walk Alone” pre orders surpassed 700k orders. They were nominated for a Billboard Music Award in May. They won the award for Top Social Artists, making them the first Kpop group to win that award. In September they released another mini album and their popularity grew in America. BTS performed on the American Music Awards in November. They partnered with UNICEF to create a anti-violence project called “LOVE MYSELF.” They went on the Ellen Degeneres show, and they performed on New Year’s Rockin Eve. In South Korea they won Song of the year on the Melon Music Awards and artist of the year on the Mnet Music Awards. The boys performed on the Jimmy Kimmel Show and appeared on James Corden’s Late Late show in November as well.
The oldest member is Kim Seokjin, he goes by the stage name Jin. He is a ‘92 liner (a liner is the year someone was born) and he is the vocalist. He is also the visual for his handsome features. He introduces himself with, “Hi I’m Jin, oldest brother, and worldwide handsome.” The next member of BTS is Min Yoongi, also known as Suga or Agust D. He is a ‘93 liner and he is the lead rapper. He said this once, “Min Suga, genius, these two words should be enough.” The next member is Jung Hoseok, also known as J-Hope. He is a ‘94 liner, he is the lead rapper, main dancer and vocalist. He introduces himself with “I’m your hope, you’re my hope, I’m J-Hope.” The leader of the group is Kim Namjoon, but goes by the stage name RM (who changed his name from Rap Monster). He is a ‘94 liner and is the main rapper and vocalist of the group. He goes by his quote, “Love myself, love yourself.” The shortest member of BTS is Park Jimin and he goes by Jimin. He is a ‘95 liner and is the lead vocalist and main dancer. He is very self conscious of himself. The next member is Kim Taehyung and he goes by the stage name V. He is also a ‘95 liner and he is the lead vocalist and the 2nd visual. He debuted as an actor in 2016. The youngest member of the group is Jeon Jungkook. He is a ‘97 liner and he is the main vocalist, lead dancer, rapper and the center of the group. He grew up with the members and he was raised by them.
BTS debuted on June 12, 2013 with the song “No More Dream” and the side track “Bulletproof pt 2.” They released a total of five mini albums, eight Japanese single albums, two Japanese albums, three repackaged (special) albums and two full albums. A song that changed their style was the song “Blood, Sweat and Tears” from their album “WINGS.” This song revamped their style and painted a more sophisticated look for them. They released “DNA” which started their “LOVE YOURSELF” series. They released 4 versions of their song “Mic Drop,” “Mic Drop (STEVE AOKI REMIX)”, “Mic Drop (STEVE AOKI REMIX ft Desiigner)” and “Mic Drop” japanese version. In December, they released a new Japanese single “Crystal Snow.”
These seven boys have done a lot to make them known worldwide. With seven dorky and incredible members, they are making their fans, their ARMY proud. They never forget to be loving toward their fans. I am grateful for BTS, they make me smile when I’m sad. BTS has a different style and to watch them encounter the world little by little makes me proud to be an ARMY.
(L - R, Taehyung, Yoongi, Seokjin, Jungkook, Namjoon, Jimin and Hoseok)
*ARMY is BTS’s fandom. Korean fans are called K-Diamonds by the international fans and International fans are called I-Lovelies by Korean fans. ARMY originally stands for “Adorable Representative M.C for Youth.”