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BTSBTS’ work has influenced numerous artists, including (G)I-dle, D-Crunch’s Hyunho, The Boyz’ Younghoon, SF9’s Zuho, Euna Kim, Golden Child’s Jaehyun, Wanna One, IN2IT, Park Ji-hoon, Kim Dong-han, Seven ‘Clock, Hyeongseop X Euiwoong, Noir, Victon’s Sejun, and Loona. After BTS released their single ” Idol ,” the National Gugak Center had to expand the amount of Korean instrument sounds available due to increased demand from Korean and foreign producers alike. K-pop idol groups also began changing the themes of their lyrics from love stories to words such as “looking for myself” following BTS’ ” Love Yourself ” era and RM’s speech at the United Nations.

And they alternate,” he added. They do the big, boisterous, in-your-face dance video. But they also do those more emotional mini-art-flick type videos.” And no BTS art flick is better than Blood Sweat & Tears,” the gothic, gorgeous 2016 single that launched them into a new level of international fame.

Fans hold their Army Bomb light sticks while the K-pop sensation BTS performs. At 5,751,000 EAS, Love Yourself: Tear is among the 5 most successful albums from 2018.

Take James Corden, for example, who drew some ire for pandering to fans. Worse still were those American interviewers who had done no research and asked often patronizing, uninformed questions—such as Do you dance?” when they’re known for it. It has been tough for Army to watch wafer-thin interviews, conducted by people who barely know (and certainly don’t care) about their boys, only the attention they might bring; in many ways, they have been treated as an Asian novelty.

But there’s one ship that rules all, and that’s the relationship between band members and the ARMY itself. Crucial to the band’s success is its members’ ability to directly communicate their love and affection to fans. And honestly, grabbing and holding the attention of so many international fans, despite considerable language and cultural barriers to entry into the fandom, is an achievement by itself. In that respect, BTS may be truly a K-pop revelation.

Forty-eight hours earlier, I’m on an Asiana Airlines flight from Los Angeles to Seoul, the only 47-year-old man on the plane with a pile of BTS books on his lap. While I was well aware of their status as a once-in-a-generation pop culture phenomenon — I’d seen them on Saturday Night Live last April (along with 4 million other viewers) and sampled their music videos on YouTube (where they have 22.2 million subscribers) — I admit to being a little fuzzy on some of the finer points of BTS history, like where they came from, why they are so appealing to so many millions or even what BTS stands for (Bulletproof Boy Scouts, but more on that later).

BTS’ first members were recruited through Big Hit’s “Hit it” auditions in 2010 and 2011. The original lineup went through several changes before the final group of members was established in 2012. Half a year prior to debut, the members began building their name and creating a relationship with fans through Twitter, video blogs, fancafe posts, and by releasing various song covers via YouTube and SoundCloud.

Most artists who emerged in the 10s issued close to 0 compilation, same with music videos. The incredibly dedicated fanbase of BTS implies a completely different catalog management yet.

So far, BTS has an album among the top 2 most successful albums from each 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. They are definitely at the top of the game right now.

The Part 2 did almost the same. Run sold 870,000 units, Butterfly did well and cuts were strong with a lot of Korean fans downloading the entire album.

Love Yourself: Her and Love Yourself: Tear both crossed 2 million copies in August, 234 and Love Yourself: Tear was awarded Double Million certification by Gaon. It is BTS’ second album to do so following Love Yourself: Answer ‘s certification in October 2018. 235 236 All three albums of the Love Yourself series have sold more than 2 million copies each in South Korea.

Secondly, the members have prodigious self-directed talent, with a precocious grasp on their mediums (choreography, rap and vocals) akin to that of the classical music scene; fans also sometimes use musical theater as an apt comparison. They are a curious mix of underground experience and polished artistry. Allow me to cite an example.


They are far from the first South Korean artist to make a splash in the United States—SNSD with their viral hit Gee,” Rain, who famously defeated Stephen Colbert for Time’s top influencer in 2007 (as voted by fans)—but the attention around them feels different. It comes down to timing: At the right moment, they found a fiercely loyal group of fans called Army, who fell hard, grew fast, and delivered their boys to international stardom. Yet there’s also the current media landscape to consider. It is why the Billboard Music Awards marked a turning point; the media saw the potential for page views, and the exponential rise in coverage that has followed has at times, to Army’s dismay, felt disingenuous.

BTS have received many awards and honors, including 15 Melon Music Awards, 15 Mnet Asian Music Awards, 14 Golden Disc Awards 12 Seoul Music Awards, 10 Gaon Chart Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards (first Korean group), 4 Korean Music Awards, and one American Music Award (first Korean group). In Korea, BTS have one Multi-Million album and one Million album. As the first Korean group to receive RIAA certification, BTS have 2 Platinum single, 3 Gold singles, and 1 Gold album in the United States. In Japan, BTS have 2 Multi-Platinum singles, one Multi-Platinum album, and 3 Gold albums.



BTS’ manager Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement that the record-breaking K-pop band would “enjoy their daily lives as normal 20-something young men, albeit briefly,” for the first time since they entered the music scene in 2013.

Bang’s initial idea for BTS was to build not a boy band, but rather a supporting crew around one talented teen: Kim Nam-joon, a.k.a. RM. He quickly opted to go the idol group route instead, and it took nearly three years of trying out different combinations of members and styles for the boy band to finally emerge.

The A.R.M.Y., a multi-million fandom of the South Korean boy band BTS, is seeking approval to let all the band members enlist to the same military camp at the same time for their military service.

Born Kim Nam-joon, RM is a 23-year-old rapper and the first member recruited to BTS. It’s not exaggerating to say that the entire band was built around him.

Here too, sales gradually increased release after release. The last pair of songs, both from Love Yourself campaigns, topped half a million sales and Boy with Luv from Persona even topping the million mark.

The South Korean Red Cross then announced they are going to give Jimin an Award of Appreciation for inspiring his fans to donate to a charitable cause.

The international BTS fandom has worked to mainstream K-pop as few other factors have. On Tumblr, the internet’s unofficial home for fandom communities, BTS and its members reign supreme, recalling the vast reach of One Direction in its heyday. In April 2018, Tumblr decided to stop breaking out K-pop as a separate category in its popular weekly Fandom Metrics, an official Tumblr product that measures the popularity of fandoms and related subtopics across the site. By merging K-pop with English-language groups, the account could more accurately reflect the relative popularity of K-pop bands to their Western counterparts.

At 6,693,000 EAS, Wings is among the 5 most successful albums from 2016. BTS win their first major Korean award for Album of the Year at the 8th Melon Music Awards on November 19, 2016.

Markets wise, they have as many as 19 songs over 100 million streams on Spotify. Let’s remember that the platform isn’t deployed in South Korea and has a minimal impact in Japan.

If you are an avid K-Pop fan, you no doubt noted that our figure for Love Yourself: Tear fells below the 2.3 million number published by the IFPI for 2018 sales The same is true here for Love Yourself: Answer.

Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube. To factor in the growing impact of multiple Asian countries where these platforms aren’t always the go-to site for music streaming, more sources have been added.

K-pop began on April 11, 1992, when a hip-hop trio called Seo Taiji and Boys performed in a talent show on a national South Korean network. Seo Taiji and Boys were innovators who challenged norms around musical styles, song topics, fashion, and censorship, which was unprecedented for a culture whose musical production had spent the past few decades subjected to strict government oversight. But it wouldn’t last.

their fans claim that they surpassed” backstreet boys but most of bigbang’s massive sales are from singles not albums. they had a couple of mega hits in china and korea but none of their albums could even cross 500k sales. there’s no way they could surpass the legendary backstreet boys who had albums selling millions and millions.

The list is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each song. Therefore, these figures are not merged units of singles formats. Instead, it includes weighted sales of the song’s physical single, download, ringtone and streaming as well as its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

The sound in the crowd was overwhelming. It felt like the first moments of an earthquake, when you’re reminded that nature (or a sea of 52,000 BTS fans) is capable of astonishing, uncontrollable force.

12 different K-pop songs have reached the Canadian Hot 100 in 2019, more than in any other year. 2018 was the biggest year for the genre until recently, as three new tracks from some of the biggest names in the field have reached the tally in the past month, upping the count to over 10 tracks in a single year for the first time in history.

Their Japanese studio album, Wake Up (2014), released that December, peaking at number three on the weekly Oricon Albums Chart and selling 25,000 copies. Along with re-recorded Japanese versions of older songs, it also contained the original tracks ” Wake Up ” and ” The Stars “. Their first concert tour, 2014 BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet , was held from October to December.

For some in the crowd, this stadium tour was a peak of fandom, and they know a valley will have to come someday. BTS has toured and recorded relentlessly over the last few years, and its members, now in their early 20s, will eventually have to serve their mandatory stints in the South Korean military. Their own fan army — and their South Korean label Big Hit Entertainment — will just have to wait out their absence when it comes.

In case you don’t remember, the stars aligned for both BTS and Lizzo to perform at the 2019 Jingle Ball in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. And now, with both artists confirming their wishes to work together, it seems fans are dying to see a collaboration in the near future.

The adoring fans known as the BTS Army descended en masse onto the Rose Bowl Saturday to show their love for the K-pop superstars. The boy band performed in front of a sell-out crowd at King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Friday evening.

For anybody with in-depth knowledge of their process the authenticity of the members’ work is in no doubt. RM, a genius lyricist, even takes it upon himself to personally discuss the production process of each new album with the fans (fun fact: he reportedly has an I.Q. of 148). He streams Skype-style from his own personalized studio (the three rappers plus the vocalist Jungkook each have their own) as he sits at his desk and elaborates on the personal backstory of each song, describing the intricate, sometimes gruelling ways he molded it into its final form.

However, upon his return to the spotlight—the K-pop legend came back with shorter hair and some ink tatted on his lower thumb. It’s hard to spot but eager ARMY members assured us that the tattoo reads 0613.” If you know anything about BTS history or Jungkook, RM, Jimin, Jin, V, Suga, and J-Hope you should know that these four numbers are extremely special to both the group and the ARMY.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from the Love Yourself: Her album are responsible for 41% of the Love Answer: Answer track list attractiveness. This means it generated 1,099,000 of its 2,690,000 album sales and so forth for the other records. We then apply this process to all compilations present on below table.

BTS also have a large social influence and currently hold 7 Guinness World Records, including the world record for Most Twitter engagements. To date they have spent 131 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Social 50 chart. In October 2018, BTS was awarded a fifth-class Hwagwan Order of Cultural Merit from the President of South Korea for their contributions in spreading Korean culture and language. The members of BTS became members of the Recording Academy in 2019 in honor of their contributions to music and as part of a push to help diversify Grammy Award voters.

To create that band, Bang had to shake up the established precedents for how idol groups are treated. BTS wouldn’t have strict contracts and curfews, and they’d be allowed to discuss the pressures of stardom. Their lyrics would be open about the cultural pressure placed on Korean teens to excel and do well and to repress their anxieties. In short, they would be frank, honest, and natural.

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