Updated: Jul 20
BTS (Korean: RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan), also called the Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band that was formed in 2010 and debuted in 12 June 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment.
The seven members of the septet—Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook—write and produce much of their own music. Their music used to be mostly hip hop, but now it includes a lot of different styles.
Their lyrics often talk about mental health, the problems of young people coming of age, loss, the journey to self-love, and being your own person. Their work also often makes literary, philosophical, and psychological references and has a storyline set in an alternate universe.
As of 2022, BTS has sold more than 30 million albums through the Circle Chart, making them the best-selling artist in South Korean history.
They are the first Korean pop act to receive a Grammy Award nomination, and the first Korean artist to be nominated for a Brit Award. BTS has also placed on the Time 100 in 2019 and is the youngest ever recipient of the South Korean Order of Cultural Merit.
They are the first Asian group that doesn't speak English to sell out shows at Wembley Stadium and the Rose Bowl (Love Yourself World Tour in 2019). They were also named the IFPI's Global Recording Artist of the Year for both 2020 and 2021.
The group has won a lot of awards, such as nine American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 24 Golden Disc Awards, two Grammy Award nominations and two Brit Award nominations.
In 2017, they worked with UNICEF to start the Love Myself campaign to stop the violence. They also spoke at three sessions of the United Nations General Assembly. BTS has been called the "Princes of Pop" and has been on the international cover of Time as "Next Generation Leaders."
They have also been on Time's lists of the 25 most influential people on the internet (2017–2019) and the 100 most influential people in the world (2019). In 2018, they were the youngest people to ever receive the Order of Cultural Merit from the President of South Korea for spreading Korean culture and language.
The name of the group, "BTS," comes from the Korean phrase "Bangtan Sonyeondan," which means "Bulletproof Boy Scouts." J-Hope, a member of the group, says that the name means that they want to "block out the stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that shoot at teenagers like bullets." In Japan, they are called Bōdan Shōnendan, which means the same thing.
As part of its new brand identity, BTS said in July 2017 that its name would also stand for "Beyond the Scene." This made their name mean "BTS, a group of young people who are growing up and moving on from the problems they face."
Themes in lyrics
Since the beginning, BTS has thought that the best way for young people to connect with their music is for them to tell their own stories. Most of the time, the group writes their own lyrics. In their songs, they talk about things like sadness and loneliness, but they make them sound lighter and easier to deal with.
RM said that BTS tries to avoid songs with a preachy or scolding tone because "that's not how we want to get our message out." We are all born with different lives, but there are some things you can't change. So, we thought that the real meaning of love starts with loving yourself and accepting the ironies and fates that have been with you from the beginning.
When asked if it's hard to write about tough topics like mental health, Suga said,
People who have a chance to talk about these things should do so more because some people say that depression is something you go to the hospital for and get a diagnosis for, but you can't really know until the doctor talks to you... I think artists or famous people with a voice should talk about these problems and bring them to the forefront more and more.
1. RAP MONSTER (RM)
Real Name: Kim Namjoon
Position: Main Rapper, Leader
Birthday: September 12, 1994
Zodiac Sign: Virgo
Blood Type: A
HOW HE GOT HIS STAGE NAME
While in the idol training programme, Kim Nam-Joon decided to go by the stage moniker "RM" (Rap Monster). He decided to go by that moniker since he thought it was hip and trendy. The term comes from the lyrics of a song he created that was inspired by San E's "Rap Genius," but it's generally misconstrued that it means he "raps like a monster."
Since "Rap Monster" no longer accurately reflected who he is or his musical style, he formally renamed it in November 2017 to "RM." RM said, "[the name] might mean numerous things," in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. More spectrums could be added to it. The phrase "Real Me" was offered as a possible modern interpretation.
Educational Qualification: At the age of 12, he spent 6 months studying in New Zealand before moving on to Hanyang Cyber University in South Korea. The MBA in Advertising-Media is among his qualification.
a. Tallest Member
It's hard to miss BTS's RM because of his towering stature. Above it was said that Kim Namjoon stands out as the tallest of the bunch. Kpop Deal claims that RM is 5 feet, 11 inches (181 cm) tall. Jimin and Taehyung, among other members of BTS, have gone on record expressing a desire to gain height at the expense of their leader.
b. He has a 148 IQ.
RM's mental powers have been demonstrated several times. RM got an 805.0 on the TOEIC, as reported by the aforementioned media outlet (The Test of English for International Communication). In addition, his IQ is 148. He has participated in a number of TV programme challenges, during which he was shown to effortlessly solve difficult mathematical questions.
c. He spoke before the United Nations.
The music of BTS is well-known for its powerful message of self-love and acceptance of one's many facets. It's no surprise that BTS was asked to participate in Generation Unlimited, a UNICEF programme for young people. RM spoke to the United Nations in New York as the band's representative. Kim Namjoon, the sole member of BTS who is proficient in English, delivered the speech as the other members stood in support.
d. RM is BTS's official spokesman.
Like we said before, RM is the only one of the BTS that can speak English well. RM was in the forefront, fielding inquiries as BTS's fame spread throughout the world and the group began performing and touring worldwide. Kim Namjoon, in addition to being the group's official spokesperson, also serves as the members' interpreter.
e. He was a rap star on the down low
RM is a member of BTS's rap crew. He often raps the main hooks of the songs for the group. When RM wasn't performing with BTS, he was an underground rapper. Runch Randa was his alias of choice.
Real Name: Kim Seokjin
Position: Vocalist, Visual
Birthday: December 4, 1992
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gyeonggi-do Gwacheon
Blood Type: O
Education Qualification: Jin who initially tried to be an actor, later studied art and acting at the private Konkuk University. He later enrolled in Hanyang Cyber University to study academics beyond music.
Jin is another member of BTS who used his real name. The singer hasn’t talked much about why he chose to use a shortened version of his birth name, Kim Seokjin, but it was likely to keep his name short like the other members. He’s known as Jin (and World Wide Handsome) to fans.
To commemorate his birthday in December 2018, he gave 321 kg of food to the non-profit Korea Animal Rights Advocates (KARA), which works to improve the lives of animals in South Korea.
Kim has been a monthly donor to UNICEF Korea since May 2018, when he first asked for the anonymity of his contributions to be maintained. After being inducted into the UNICEF Honors Club in May 2019 for donations above 100 million (approximately US$84,000), they were ultimately made public.
a. Jin has an acute sense of smell.
Jin is gifted with a keen sense of smell. Anecdotally, Biaswrecker says he has a severe aversion to using wooden chopsticks due to their odour. In case he needs them, he also has a set of personal utensils stashed away in his backpack.
b. He is the oldest and the second tallest member of the band.
In addition to being the oldest member of the group, he is also the second tallest.
He is the oldest member of the boyband despite having joined at a very young age (born in 1992). With a height of 179 centimetres (5.8 feet), he is the second tallest member of the boyband, after only RM (181 centimetres or 5.9 ft).
c. During his time in middle school, he landed his first contract with a major studio.
This is not a joke, believe us. He was offered a contract by SM Entertainment while he was a middle schooler. He went for it and made it through the first round of auditions. However, he suspected a hoax and opted against accepting the offer. Big Hit Entertainment scouted him again during his undergraduate years for an acting part, but instead of casting him, they signed him on as a trainee for BTS. What happened after that is, well, history.
d. He was given the award for finest moulded face by a toy manufacturer.