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It’s close to impossible to not know about BTS. The Korean septet has achieved remarkable things in a relatively short career. But their journey was not easy.

As seven individuals hailing from South Korea, BTS began their career from Bighit Entertainment. Seven years later, they’ve whirred in billions of dollars into the Korean economy and are held responsible for the influx of cultures across borders.

BTS have performed remarkable feats that even their Western peers struggle to fathom. …

A hidden track off BTS' album, Love Yourself; Her, Sea remains something private and personal between BTS and their fans, ARMY.

In an interview for Billboard, RM described Sea as something more “more special, more closer, to our true hearts”. Listening to it, you can understand why. Initially titled as, “Wherever there is hope, there is trial”, Sea commemorates the journey and passage of time BTS and their fans had to navigate through to get where they are.

Their journey, long and tedious, remains a testament to the obstacles they’d face to achieve. It is a commemoration to themselves, to…

In this month’s #WordsByBangtan, we reflect on BTS songs that make us feel happy. BTS’ discography gives us a song for every single emotion. There are songs that sing of love, of grief, of loss, the need to be held and understood.

There are songs that speak about what it means to be human. And then there are songs that speak of what it means to be happy. To be human, after all, is to seek happiness, to find purpose, and make up for our grievances. For the loss of life and everything that comes with it.

When I think…

In a recent interview, RM, the leader of BTS, spoke of something many had debated for years after their debut. Was BTS truly K-Pop or not?

In the year 2020, BTS became the first Korean group to be nominated for a Grammy, held a one-of-a-kind two-day-online concert, Map of The Soul ON: E, with 990,000+ viewers in 191 regions, and were named Time’s Entertainer of the Year. They achieved their first number one on the Billboard Top 100 with their single, Dynamite for two consecutive weeks and achieved yet another one with Life Goes On.

This year BTS were number…

BTS are inarguably the biggest boy band in the world. With fame comes it’s merits — but so does its shadow. A closer look at what the Korean septet endures shows us what it means to be some of the biggest artists in the world.

BTS as Time’s Entertainer of the Year

When BTS appeared in the Grammy Award Show in 2020, a viral joke about the members bringing in the Covid-19 virus went viral with tens of thousands of retweets and likes.

This was at the beginning of the pandemic, long before the virus was found across the world. The tweet garnered attention and was consequently…

When I think of music and love, the first thing that comes to my mind is Epiphany sung soulfully by Jin of BTS. To live and to love are two different things but what does it mean to lead a life with love for yourself? Why is it so important?

참 이상해 분명 난 너를 너무 사랑했는데
It’s so odd, I loved you so much for sure

모두 너에게 맞추고 널 위해 살고 싶었는데
I adapted myself entirely to you, I wanted to live for you

그럴수록 내 맘속의 폭풍을 감당할 수 없게 돼
But as I kept doing so, I…

Jung Hoseok — known through his stage name J-Hope — is part of the world’s biggest group, BTS. His talent seems to know no bounds either. A songwriter, rapper, producer, singer, choreographer, and awarded dancer, J-Hope’s talent seems to transcend all borders of what it means to be human.

After winning a place at the Hit It Auditions, J-Hope joined BigHit Entertainment and moved into their dorms in December 2010. In June 2013, he debuted alongside members RM, Jin, Suga, Jimin, V, and JK. The Korean septet, after a long and tremendously difficult journey, are currently the biggest group in…

In a 2016 live stream, RM from BTS talked well about how the words for human, live, and love were similar in the Korean language. “They sound similar too. As humans, we’re bound to love. Whether it be romantically or love for our parents, friends, and teachers. I think long ago when Korean was first made, human and love was made similarly on purpose— because you can’t live without love.”

Fast forward two years later and RM releases a track, performed on his own, through BTS' album Love Yourself: Answer. The title, aptly named, is a celebration full of love.

RM performing Trivia: Love

It’s been three years since the release of J-Hope’s first mixtape titled Hope World. The album peaked at 38 on the Billboard 200 caused J-Hope to become the highest-charting Korean soloist at the time of release. An alternate world created by BTS' rapper, producer, and dancer, Hope World is an entirely vibrant new world where we see J-Hope for who he really is.

In a behind the album Livestream for Hope World, J-Hope confesses to how the entire album really came to fruition; it was a dream for him.

“I didn’t think I could love music as I do now,”…

The odds of not knowing BTS remains low for many. The chances of you hearing about them, even in passing, is high. After all, they are the biggest band on the planet.

There are many things that set BTS apart from their peers. Their music, for instance, is one of the most important attributes to why they are the biggest band on the planet. Their performances, the way they present themselves, their philanthropy, and their words are just a few of the others. For many, it is BTS’ music and lyricism that drew them closer.

Any casual listener or fan…

Fawzul Himaya Hareed

Twenty one year old writer who thinks a little too much and writes about BTS.

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