Transport yourself 4559 miles away to Seoul, the heart of South Korea.
Welcome to K-pop.
Hold on, What’s K-pop?
If you’re on this page, you’re either a K-pop fan or a curious individual. For the latter, welcome to the world of K-pop. K-pop or Korean pop is a music genre exclusive to South Korea. Modern Kpop culture started from 1996 but has now spread all around the world. Despite language barriers of the music being in Korean, the sharp choreography, dazzling music videos, unique music (which can draw from over 10 styles), and of course the charming “idols” themselves, has attracted audiences of all ages and nationalities. Kpop has grown into one of the biggest genres of music; with so many groups and music, anyone can find something they enjoy. We have reviewed one album of famous Kpop group BTS for the Print readers to enjoy, and maybe discover their new passion in.
But wait, who are BTS?
BTS, standing for Bangtan Sonyeondan, or Bulletproof Boy Scouts, with international fame bringing the name Beyond the Scene as well, consists of seven members; three rappers and four singers. After years of training, they debuted in 2013 with the company BigHit Entertainment. They have been nominated for both national and international awards 121 times and won 100 awards so far. From Korean music awards to winning Billboard top social artist, performing in the massive sold out venues worldwide, as well as in the AMA’s. Not to mention, they have starred in famous shows such as Ellen, James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel; BTS is truly a wonderful group.
Tell me about the members!
We have a prepared mini member profile for you to enjoy:
RM, real name Kim Nam-joon, is a rapper and music producer in the group. He has the highest IQ in BTS. He is also the leader of the group. As well as this, he was the first member to join, and the reason BTS was created.
Jin. His full name is Kim Seok-Jin. The hilarious one, most likely to make a pun or crack a joke. He’s also gone viral as “Worldwide Handsome”. He is a singer in the team with an ability to hit incredibly high notes.
Suga, real name Min Yoon-gi, known as Agust D as well. With a relatable personality, he is another one of the rappers and music producers of the group. He’s an incredible songwriter and can rap extremely fast.
J-Hope, real name Jung Ho-seok. With an adorable personality, a rapper of the group as well as the main dancer in BTS. It’s said he was so good in dance and voice that he only needed little training to join. He’s been crowned the best dancer in BTS.
Jimin. His full name is Park Jimin, and he is a singer and the top dancer of BTS. Loved by all in the group, and most active on the BTS twitter account, he has incredible dancing skills.
Real name Kim Tae-hyung, as well as a singer, he is also an actor, starring in a historical drama! He possesses the deepest voice in BTS and has recently been crowned #1 most handsome face of 2017!
Jungkook, real name Jeon Jeong-guk, is the youngest of the pack and is called the “Golden Maknae” for his excellence at basically everything. With his rebel personality, he’s a singer in the group and is also praised for his dancing.
Their album: Love Yourself: Her
The album Love Yourself: Her is BTS’s most recent mini-album, released on September 18, 2017. The album has been released in 4 versions and contains 9 tracks with the title track DNA. The album had a record-breaking +1,000,000 pre-orders, as well as topping the iTunes charts in 73 countries such as the USA, United Kingdom and Japan on the first day of release. The album’s songs are written by multiple producers, including BTS members themselves, as well as a collaboration with The Chainsmokers and later on collaborations with Steve Aoki and Desiigner. Most songs include an epic fusion of both singing and rapping, while a few songs are exclusive to the vocal group and others to the rapper group.Their album was widely reported on by western as well as Korean press and has gained undying love from fans.
Wait, what are A.R.M.Y? And what about other groups?
Kpop has something for everyone. No wonder it’s attracted millions of fans worldwide. BTS’s fans, A.R.M.Y, are fiercely loving and loyal, trending hashtags worldwide on a daily basis. However, there are many other amazing groups in the Kpop industry, such as EXO, Big Bang and Twice. As well as many solo artists like PSY (Gangnam style, anyone?) and Taemin. BTS is a prime example of globalization with their worldwide fans as well as national ones.
Music can unite us!
This epic movement only goes to show that despite our differences, from language to culture, international aspects such as music can unite us all. After all, what’s better than a little unison in our big world? Music has no boundaries and can be enjoyed by everyone. We encourage you to look into the world of Kpop more. With a little open-mindedness, who knows, you may be jamming to a Kpop song very soon.
-Mohadeseh Arefenian and Jana Nasr