You have probably heard about BTS recently, right? I bet you’re surprised when they suddenly popped out of nowhere and won Billboard Music Award, beating big names in music industry.
“Who are they?” or “Where did they come from?” You thought.
You might also wonder why they won massive fans around the world, though neither understands the Korean language nor have marketed their music in the West.
Who is BTS?
They are a seven-member boy group originated in Seoul, South Korea. The group consists Jin, Jimin, V, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, and Jungkook, formed in 2013 under BigHit Entertainment.
The term BTS apparently has a lot of meanings. They can stand as Bangtan Boys, Bulletproof Scouts, Beyond The Scene, and Bangtan Sonyeondan.
The boy group debuted four years ago with the song “No More Dream” of their first album “2 Cool 4 Skool.” As soon as the album was released, they immediately rose to fame in the country and won several “New Artist of the Year” awards.
I don’t want this post sound like an entertainment/celebrity news talking about the specifics, however, my point of writing is to determine reasons why people love them so much?
Setting their stunningly smooth, angelic, innocent faces aside, their massive and ever-growing fanbase A.R.M.Y, (stands for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth) know BTS deserves a lot of support, especially when it comes to their music.
Personally, I’ve not been into this group before (as I’m a fan of Super Junior and 2NE1) until my younger sister introduced them to me.
Initially, she made me listen to their recent outstanding track “Fire,” which I guessed continuously became the group’s trademark. It’s like if you think of EXO, the first thing in mind is “Growl.”
The feeling was the same. So, yeah, they were great. And I love the fact they create unique styles, variations, and on top of that a different feel.
Since then, I’ve listened to their music from the ones they released in 2013 until the recent ones. From there, I was able to identify points why the world loves them. And winning Billboard wasn’t surprising. No pun intended.
They could win a series of Billboards, MTVs, VMAs, and all other awards from huge award-giving bodies around the world against big names in the industry.
That is if they continue to create strikingly touching music like they have been producing.
11 Reasons The World Loves BTS
So, let’s take at the reasons behind BTS massive influence inside South Korea and the world.
1.They always create great music.
With Rap Monster, J-Hope, and Suga’s insane talent in producing and in song composition in the group, who wouldn’t succeed? (They were the most hands-on members in the early days when it comes to the creation phase, especially on their first album).
The latter has already told he loves music that much that he originally wanted to produce music on his own if he didn’t debut as BTS.
2. They always give their best shot.
This doesn’t mean other K-pop groups aren’t doing the same. It’s just they always give oh-so-amazing choreography in their music. Let’s take “Fire” and “Dope” for example.
Fire (Released 2016, ‘The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever’ Album)
Dope (Released 2015, ‘The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Part 1’ Album)
3. They always inspire their fans to be the best versions of themselves.
“Never mind, never mind
Even if it’s a road of thorns, we still run
Never mind, never mind
There are many things in this world you can’t do shit about
Never mind, Never mind
Never mind, Never mind
If you think you’re gonna crash, step on the pedal harder
Never mind, Never mind
We’re too young to give up
What do you think of Suga’s “Never Mind” track (release in 2015)?
4. They prove that practice makes perfect.
Jimin, according to his members, is really a hardworking guy. In fact, they coin him a title “Practicing Addict.” According to facts, he often gets three hours of sleep after long, strenuous practice. There was a time when he got nosebleed because of that.
“I really liked contemporary dance because we could express our feelings with our body,” Jimin said, which proves his passion to dancing.
5. They always give words that will make you reflect on where you are now.
“Why isn’t there a word that’s the opposite of loneliness? Could it because people don’t know why they’re lonely until they die?” This is one of the most quotable lines of Rap Monster you should take note.
It’s literally deep in meaning and it’s true. Many of us are living like zombies. We live to die. That’s because we’re too afraid to create changes for the best for ourselves. We always embrace the comfort of mediocrity.
6. They always stay true to their self in their music.
Whenever you listen and understand the meaning of each of their songs, they don’t talk about how nice the weather is or how sweet the ice cream was.
Let’s check Suga’s “Agust D” to understand what I am trying to say. The song was released last year as the first mixtape produced to promote the album of the same title.
The song itself talked about the real life of a K-pop star—the dark side. Obviously, no other than BTS can say something on it. Have you heard Super Junior sang how bad their situation was or at least a hint?
“I’m different from hyungs [Korean idols older than him], that ignore their duties, an uprising of celebrities, damn only strong ones can mess with me, some think it was easy for me to reach my position,” Suga mentioned in the song (translated from Korean).
7. They are so passionate about what they’re doing.
To prove that spirit, see “No More Dream” song (Released in 2013).
“I completely forgot about my childhood when I had a lot of dreams
Don’t worry about college, I’ll at least go to a school that’s far away
Ok mom, I’m going to the library right now
What is the you that you’ve dreamed of?
Who do you see in the mirror? I gotta say
Go on your path, even if you live for a day
Do something, put away your weakness.”
Now, what’s your say? If you aren’t convinced, see “Dope” lyrics below.
“I stay up all night to work, every day
While you’re playing in the club, yeah
So, don’t play and listen every day
I got a feel
I got a feel
I’m kinda f**king awesome”
8. They don’t care much of how big their name is but the ability to voice out is a big deal.
Given the number of awards they’ve received nationally and internationally, they’ve not absorbed the term “success” in their heads.
They have achieved so much. In fact, they’re the new ambassadors for Puma and other leading brands. Like I pointed out, they don’t bother with these things that much compared to the advocacy they’re doing.
Instead, it challenged them to pursue more of what they could do and scream the words people should know around the world. Especially those who are miserable, frustrated, and lacking self-importance.
In my opinion, they’re the epitome of the modern Magi. They’re foreigners to us. From the looks to the language. We couldn’t understand what they’re singing.
Yet, we found ourselves in awe of them being poetic when it comes to singing their hearts out, shouting “Hey, cut that s***! Start hustling and achieve your dream” or “Come on, you’re unique. Be yourself.”
9. They show courage to talk about societal issues others are afraid to.
Jeff Benjamin of Billboard wrote, “Indeed, the Major Lazer-esque lead single “Blood Sweat & Tears” details a life-derailing relationship over a dance breakdown. Elsewhere on the album Wings, the group sings about mental health, takes digs at the Korean-pop “idol” scene and delivers a female-empowerment anthem—unusual subject matter in culturally conservative South Korea, where most acts stick to safe topics like partying and breakups.”
BTS is also known to voice out ongoing concerns like school bullying, the pursuit of happiness, and challenging the norms and ideals society believes. They even tried to say something about LGBT.
“A song about homosexuality. I heard this song [Macklemore & Ryan Lewis gay rights anthem ‘Same Love’] but I didn’t know the lyrics, now I know them and I like the song twice as much,” Rap Monster tweeted in 2013.
10. They prove “Two heads are better than one.”
How? Although they have Rap Monster to finalize the entire song before release, when it comes to the creation process, they are helping hand in hand.
In their early days, only Rap Monster, J-Hope, and Suga, who have more experience in song composition before their debut in an underground hip-hop scene, were the ones in-charge of song composition.
Nowadays, the other four members have already felt comfortable writing their own. BTS members actively participate in the creation process of each track. Colette Bennett of The Daily Dot mentioned that the group “revolutionized” the definition of K-pop.
According to her, it is apparent that they’re really happy with what they’re doing in creating music and perfecting choreography—unlike most of the K-pop groups have experienced.
Well, it’s really obvious. They have seven heads to think and contribute to the success of the group.
And it’s the same with our personal endeavors. It’s better if we could ask help in the pursuit of our dreams than soloing it.
11. Above all, they want you to love yourself.
We all have dreams.
But it’s up to us if we’re ready to listen to it or be passive enough to ignore them.
The fact that a young group of people like BTS (though Jin and I are of the same age) were able to touch my heart amid my battle for depression made me driven to pursue what I really want.
How about you? How do you feel about this group?
Share your thoughts in the comment section below. Feel free to share this post and inspire more people. Thanks a lot, folks!
P.S.: I’m looking forward to BTS’s upcoming album “Love Yourself: Her” this month. Yikes!
Photo of Bangtan.Official on Facebook