Who is BTS?

 
          

BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys or Beyond The Scene, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 12, 2013 with the song "No More Dream" from their first album 2 Cool 4 Skool, for which they won several New Artist of the Year awards, including at the 2013 Melon Music Awards and Golden Disc Awards and the 2014 Seoul Music Awards. The band continued to rise to widespread prominence with their subsequent albums Dark & Wild (2014), The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 (2015) and The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever (2016), with the latter two entering the Billboard 200. The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever went on to win the Album of the Year award at the 2016 Melon Music Awards.

Their second full album, Wings (2016), peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200, which marked the highest chart ranking for a K-pop album ever. In their native South Korea, Wings became the best selling album in the Gaon Album Chart history at the time. The album went on to sell more than 1.5 million copies, making it BTS's first "million seller", and the group was subsequently awarded Artist of the Year at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards. Over their discography, BTS has sold an estimated four million albums worldwide.

Known for their large social media presence, BTS were listed by Forbes as the most retweeted artist on Twitter in March 2016. Following that, Twitter launched its first ever K-pop Twitter emoji featuring BTS. In 2017, BTS won a Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist. In June 2017, Time magazine named the band one of the 25 most influential people on the internet. BTS's achievements have also led the group to be ranked #5 on Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list for 2017, a list ranking South Korea's most powerful and influential celebrities.

The group's musical style and image is mainly influenced by hip hop and R&B as well as rock-inspired elements, in singles such as "Danger" and "Boy in Luv". BTS has also been noted for lyrics that "speak honestly about topics they deem important, even in a conservative society." Their releases have tackled subject matters such as school bullying and nonconformity to societal ideals, as well as mental health issues, the K-pop idol system, and female empowerment. In 2016, however, the group faced criticisms of misogyny regarding the lyrics of "War of Hormone", "Converse High", and Rap Monster's solo song "Joke", as well as a Twitter comment made by Suga. The group's label later issued an apology. BTS co-writes and produces much of their output, which some media outlets have attributed for their success.

On September 18 at 6 p.m. KST, BTS released the fun music video for their song "DNA," which is the title track off their new mini album "Love Yourself: Her." It quickly broke records on YouTube by becoming the fastest K-pop group MV to reach 10 million views and 20 million views, and went on to set a new record for the most views on a K-pop group music video in 24 hours. It later became the fastest K-pop group MV to reach 30 million views, and then 40 million views. As of September 24 at around 12:40 p.m. KST, the music video hit 50 million views on YouTube! It reached this milestone in just over 5 days and 18 hours, and thus set a new record as the fastest K-pop group MV to hit 50 million views. The previous record time was 14 days and 18 hours for BLACKPINK's "As If It's Your Last" MV.

Members

  • Jin was born Kim Seok-jin on December 4, 1992 (age 24) in Gwacheon, South Korea.
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  • Suga was born Min Yoon-gi on March 9, 1993 (age 24) in Daegu, South Korea.
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  • J-Hope was born Jung Ho-seok on February 18, 1994 (age 23) in Gwangju, South Korea.
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  • Rap Monster was born Kim Nam-joon on September 12, 1994 (age 23) in Ilsan, South Korea.
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  • Jimin was born Park Ji-min on October 13, 1995 (age 21) in Busan, South Korea.
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  • V was born Kim Tae-hyung on December 30, 1995 (age 21) in Daegu, South Korea.
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  • Jungkook was born Jeon Jeong-guk on September 1, 1997 (age 20) in Busan, South Korea.
              
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