BTS, often known as the Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2013 by Big Hit Entertainment (formerly HYBE). The members of the group are RM (previously Rap Monster), Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. BTS has become one of the most popular and influential K-pop artists in the world, both in South Korea and globally. Here’s a rundown of their history:
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Between 2010 and 2012, the members of BTS were individually scouted and joined Big Hit Entertainment.
The group’s lineup changed multiple times, and it was originally intended to debut as a hip-hop duo called RM and Iron. However, the plan was abandoned, and the members were reorganized into the current lineup.
BTS acquired notice prior to their debut by producing mixtapes, competing in underground rap competitions, and demonstrating their talent on social media sites.
Early Years and Debut:
On June 13, 2013, BTS made their formal debut with the single album “2 Cool 4 Skool” and the title track “No More Dream.” The album addressed young people’s hopes and desires, creating the group’s unique message of self-empowerment and social satire.
BTS released their second mini-album, “Skool Luv Affair,” in 2014, which included the hit title single “Boy in Luv.” Their first significant commercial success, the album, earned them their first music show win and a burgeoning fan base.
Ascend to International Notoriety:
BTS’s third mini-album, “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1,” was published in 2015 and included the popular single “I Need U.” This was a watershed moment for the band, as they began to earn substantial fame and appeal both domestically and internationally.
The subsequent publication of “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2” later that year cemented their success even more. “Run,” their lead song, was a commercial hit that displayed their expanding musical style and storytelling ability.
BTS’s second full-length album, “Wings,” was released in 2016, propelling them to new heights. The album featured the smash single “Blood Sweat & Tears” and tackled themes of youth, temptation, and personal growth. It was the first K-pop album to chart on the Billboard 200.
Global Achievements and Success:
BTS’s fame surged after 2017, particularly with their “Love Yourself” series. Albums in the series included “Love Yourself: Her” (which featured the breakthrough single “DNA”), “Love Yourself: Tear,” and “Love Yourself: Answer.” These albums were not only commercially successful, but they also addressed topics of self-love, mental health, and societal challenges.
BTS made history in 2018 when they became the first Korean act to top the Billboard 200 list with their album “Love Yourself: Tear.” They also made countless appearances on popular US television shows and amassed a large global fan base.
BTS released their sixth extended play, “Map of the Soul: Persona,” in 2019, which featured the hit single “Boy with Luv” with Halsey. BTS became the first group since The Beatles to have three Billboard number-one albums in less than a year, as the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
In 2020, BTS released “Map of the Soul: 7,” which smashed multiple milestones, including being the group’s fourth consecutive number-one album on the Billboard 200. They also had their first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with “Dynamite.”
Success and Global Influence in the Future:
BTS continues to release music and set records with albums like “BE” (2020) and “Butter” (2021). “Butter” broke the record for the most views on YouTube in 24 hours and spent several weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.
BTS has won a slew of trophies and honors, including Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and a slew of others. They have also given powerful addresses at the United Nations and collaborated with international artists.
BTS actively interacts with social concerns and advocates for mental health, youth empowerment, and many humanitarian efforts outside of their music. They have made considerable donations to organizations and developed campaigns such as the “Love Myself” campaign in collaboration with UNICEF.
BTS’s history depicts their rise from underdog rookies to global superstars. Their songs, energetic concerts, and real connection with fans have cemented their place as one of the music industry’s most influential artists, overcoming language and cultural barriers.