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In light of their new album Love Yourself and their insane breakthrough in America last year, we’re finally writing about BTS. This group before known as Bangtan Sonyeondan but recently changed the initials to Beyond the Scene, have appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres show twice, they have been to the James Corden show and now they’re embarking on a huge world tour. Let’s talk about BTS.

BTS was signed as a 7 member group under BigHit entertainment, they debuted on June 12th, 2013 with the song ‘No More Dream’ and won several awards with their debut song and since then on they continued to rise steadily until winning the Top Social Award at the American Billboard awards in 2017 for their whopping 15 million followers on twitter.

They’re name originates from Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to Bulletproof Boyscouts. This name was created because they wanted to break the barrier and let nobody stop them from making controversial music. They would block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets and protect the values and ideals of today’s adolescents.

As they’re name suggests their first years are based around boys and girls in school and the hardships they face but which every new chapter (album) they released they’re stepping away from adolescence and when they changed the meaning for the BTS initials to Beyond The Scene; It was clear that they became true adults and are leaving that stage of their life behind.

With the new album this vibe really comes through and you can feel them change and develop.

The group
BTS is made out of 7 individuals that each bring their own style and ideas to the group. As BTS cowrites and produces all of their music and some of the group have their own well received solo projects they come together every time and create something unique.

Besides from their lyrics BTS has different strengths in their sound also, they all have their unique sound; Jungkook is the main vocalist and you can hear his clear breathy voice, Jimin has a little bit higher soft voice and usually does the high notes. RM, J-HOPE and Suga are the rappers and each is different. RM does a lot of the english lines and he has a deeper voice than J-HOPE who can rap pretty fast but Suga is the king of rap, spitting fire not many other idols can achieve. (safe from Zelo from BAP). Jin is one of the few members that sing a lot; but when he does hold your horses; it’s beautiful.

Along with their amazing voices they have great choreography. Intricate and different from the things you usually see. Each member has their own way of dancing or moving/carrying themselves but as soon as they get together as one group and dance; it blows your mind. They do a lot of practice videos for ARMY aswell and post it on their YouTube!

RM, J-HOPE and Suga (Agust D) produce and have their own solo project. (search their names on YouTube.  you’ll find amazing songs. V is well known for his acting in Hwarang.

BTS have been living together since before their debut, however they went from a small place only barely fitting the 7 boys to a very luxury condo easily fitting them and their ARMY. Which they absolutely deserve of course.

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Left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Jimin, RM and J-Hope

Stage Name: RM, his old stage name used to be Rap Monster (랩몬스터)
Full Name: Kim Nam Joon (김남준)
Position: Leader, Main Rapper
Birthday: September 12, 1994
Born: Ilsan, Gyeonggi-d, South Korea

Stage Name: Jin (진)
Full Name: Kim Seok Jin (김석진)
Position: Vocalist, Visual
Birthday: December 4, 1992
Born: Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

Stage Name: Suga (슈가)
Full Name: Min Yoon Gi (민윤기)
Position: Lead Rapper
Birthday: March 9, 1993
Born: Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea

Stage Name: J-Hope (제이홉)
Full Name: Jung Ho Seok (정호석)
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Rapper, Sub Vocalist
Birthday: February 18, 1994
Born: Gwangju, South Korea

Stage Name: Jimin (지민)
Full Name: Park Ji Min (박지민)
Position: Main Dancer, Lead Vocalist
Birthday: October 13, 1995
Born: Busan, South Korea

Stage Name: V (뷔)
Full Name: Kim Tae Hyung (김태형)
Position: Lead Dancer, Vocalist, Visual
Birthday: December 30, 1995
Born: Daegu but grew up in Geochang, South Korea

Stage Name: Jungkook (정국)
Full Name: Jeon Jeong-guk (전정국)
Position: Main Vocalist, Lead Dancer, Sub Rapper, Center, Maknae
Birthday: September 1, 1997
Born: Busan, South Korea

Charities and beliefs

BTS have involved themselves in a variety of charitable events. In 2015, they donated seven tons (7,187 kg) of rice to charity at the K-Star Road opening ceremony held in Apgujeong-dong. The following year they participated in ALLETS’s “Let’s Share the Heart” collaboration charity campaign with Naver to raise donations for LISA, a charity “which carries forward a preparation business to fight blindness including research on degenerative retina disease treatment and an activity to improve social awareness on the visually impaired.

In January 2017, news media reported that BTS and Big Hit Entertainment had donated KR₩100,000,000 (US$85,000) to the 4/16 Sewol Families for Truth and A Safer Society, an organization connected to the families of the 2014 Sewol Ferry Disaster. Each member donated KR₩10,000,000 and Big Hit Entertainment donated an additional KR₩30,000,000. The donation was intended to have been made in secret. Later that year, BTS officially launched their Love Myself campaign, an initiative dedicated to helping “protect and support child and teen victims of domestic and school violence as well as sexual assault around the world…”, in partnership with the Korean Committee for UNICEF. BTS plans to donate 500 million won ($448,000) from the members, 3% of all upcoming Love Yourself: Her album sales and 100% of all sales of official goods for the Love Myself campaign over the next two years, as well as include donation desks installed by UNICEF, towards several social programs benefiting violence prevention against children and teens and support programs for victims of violence. Within two months of its launch the campaign raised an additional KR₩106,000,000, taking the worldwide funds total to KR₩606,000,000.

In April 2018, BTS participated in Stevie Wonder’s “Dream Still Lives” tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. alongside other celebrities, sharing their dreams and hopes for the world. It was revealed that Stevie Wonder himself had asked BTS to participate in the campaign.

Members of the group have also engaged in individual philanthropic endeavours. Jimin supported graduates of Busan Hoedong Elementary School, his alma mater, by covering uniform expenses from 2016 until its closure in 2018. After news of the school’s closing was released, he donated summer and winter middle school uniforms to the final graduates and gifted autographed albums to the entire student body. For his 25th birthday, Suga donated ten kilograms of Korean beef to 39 orphanages in Korea under the name of “ARMY”, BTS’s fan club.

Namjoon and Yoongi (RM and Suga) have also made it quite clear they stands for LGBT rights and mental illness.

Discography

YouTube
In 2018 BTS made a deal with YouTube Red to record their last tour, it’s an exclusive series that shows all of BTS’ highs and lows without masking it up. In the first couple of minutes of the show you can see them talk about it and expressing that no matter how scary it is to show ‘beyond the veil’ what goes on in the life and work that is BTS but they do it and it’s beautiful but also heart wrenching. However YouTube Red is a paid part of YouTube so you will have to pay for it. (or google ways to go around it since both bighit and ARMY are helping other ARMY to watch it without paying but you didn’t hear that from us 😉 )

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European and American tour
In the beginning of 2018 BTS announced that they will be doing a EU and US tour. The US Dates were sold out extremely quick and on June 1st the EU tour tickets we’re sold out within 30 to 60 minutes as well. A lot of fans are extremely upset and putting up petitions to ask for another show in The Netherlands.  You can sign it here!

Let us know if you are going! Because at least one of us is!

 

credit: All information through Wikipedia and other bts sources.