an introduction to BTS

Hello everyone! If you don’t follow me on Twitter you wouldn’t know but this week’s them is “rags to riches”. As a special surprise, I will be posting every single day this week except for Sunday and Monday through Friday will be dedicated to BTS, a band that went from being nobodies to one of the biggest boy groups in the world.

Today isn’t for sharing the best BTS has to offer, but rather giving you a general overview of who they are, who the members are and a little bit about their discography! Stay tuned until the end of the post because I’ve recommend a couple of videos that you definitely don’t want to miss! So without further ado, this is BTS!

disclaimer: I’m not an expert so if I got something wrong, please let me know! 


Who are BTS?


BTS are a 7 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for complex concepts and storylines linking much of their discography and for addressing important social issues in their music.

In recent years, BTS have taken these positive messages to another level, such as collaborating with UNICEF for the LOVE MYSELF campaign which is intended to help end violence. The group is also known for producing their own music.

BTS was originally intended to be a hip hop group, but their company (Big Hit Entertainment) then decided to debut them as a K-Pop group. Their company was very small and they struggled a lot at the beginning of  their career, making their current success even sweeter. Their fans are called ARMY.


Meet the members of BTS


namjoon.jpgRM (formerly: Rap Monster)

RM (born: Kim Namjoon) is the leader of the group. He is also the main rapper and participated in the Korean underground rap scene before becoming an idol. He helps write and produce most of BTS’ music.

RM was born on the 12th of September 1994 and is known for his clumsiness and his kind, well-spoken and wise nature. RM is the only member with fluent English and taught himself by watching the popular sitcom “Friends”.

Check out the music video for the song “Do You” off of RM’s 2015 mixtape RM!


jin.jpegJin

Jin (born: Kim Seokjin) is the oldest member of the group and also the visual. Apart from this, he is also one of the vocalist‘s of the group and is learning to play the guitar.

Jin was born on the 4th of December 1992 and is known for his love of flying kisses and dad jokes, as well as his impressive cooking ability. He has a bachelor’s degree in acting and is currently pursuing his master’s. He also has two sugar gliders.

Check out the music video for Jin’s song “Intro: Epiphany” off of BTS’ 2018 album LY ‘Answer’!


sugaSuga

Suga (born: Min Yoongi) was an underground rapper before becoming the lead rapper of the BTS. He plays the piano and was one of 25 songwriters and producers to be made a full member of the Korea Music Copyright Association in January 2018.

Suga was born on the 9th of March 1993 and is known for his tsundere personality, his savageness and his love for sleep. He has suffered from mental health problems in the past, and often tries to support others through difficult times through his music.

Check out the music video for the song “Agust D” off Suga’s 2016 mixtape Agust D!


j-hopeJ-Hope

J-Hope (born: Jung Hoseok) is a main dancer, rapper and sub-vocalist. He was a locally famous street performer before joining BTS and also helps contribute to some of BTS’ choreography.

J-Hope was born on the 18th of February 1994 and is known for his sunshine personality and extravagant sense of humour. He has declared that he aspires to be a beacon of hope and positivity for those who are stressed and worried.

Check out the music video for the song “Daydream” off of J-Hope’s 2018 mixtape Hope World!


jimin.jpgJimin

Jimin (born: Park Jimin) is the other main dancer of BTS, as well as the lead vocalist. Jimin was a top contemporary dance studio at his art’s high school and can often be found singing the highest notes in BTS songs.

Jimin was born on the 13th of October 1995 and is known for his sweet nature and eye-smile, his dual personality (adorable off stage, with a deadly charisma on stage) and for being a hard-working perfectionist. Luckily, Jimin isn’t quite so hard on himself now as he was when he was younger!

Check out the music video for Jimin’s song “Intro: Serendipity” off of BTS’ 2017 album LY ‘Her’!


aea0c7f1c9de95e2e0f7596af6ed043b.jpgV

V (born: Kim Taehyung) is a vocalist with a deep, soulful voice and, as of 2018, a member of the dance line. V was named the most handsome man of 2018 by T C Candler and also had a supporting role in the 2016 TV series “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth”.

V was born on the 30th of December 1995 and is known for his creativity and unique ways of thinking, as well as his love for photography, fine arts and Gucci clothes. He is a sweet man who loves kids and his puppy Yeontan.

Check out the music video for V’s song “Intro: Singularity” off of BTS’ 2018 album LY ‘Tear’!


jkJungkook

Jungkook (born: Jeon Jeongguk) is the main vocalist of the group as well as lead dancer. He has recently become interested in song production and also enjoys video editing.

Jungkook was born on the 1st of September 1997 and is the youngest member of the group. He is nicknamed the Golden Maknae* because he is good at everything. He loves (and excels at) not only performing arts, but also sports and gaming.

Check out Jungkook performing his song “Begin” off of BTS’ 2016 album Wings!


*note: maknae= youngest


BTS’ Discography


BTS has an extensive discography, including 10 albums, 4 repackaged albums, 2 Japanese albums and 3 solo mixtapes (one for each rapper). Their discography can be split into four distinct sections: their hip-hop era, the HYYH era, the Wings era and the Love Yourself era.


note: please click the caption button for English subtitles on the videos below.


THE HIP HOP ERA

BTS debuted in 2013 with a hip-hop based sound which they kept throughout their 2013 and 2014 albums. Some tracks tackled social issues, whilst others were songs about love, some happier than others.

  • debut song, the title track of 2 Cool 4 Skool
  • hip-hop
  • talks about pursuing your dream and doing your best for yourself without judging others

THE HYYH ERA

“HYYH” stands for 花樣年華 (Hwa Yong Yeon Hwa), meaning “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life”, which is the name of BTS’ 2015 albums and their 2016 repackaged album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever. With this era, BTS started branching out from their signature hip hop style.

  • the title track of The Most Beautiful Moment of Life pt.1 
  • hip hop, dance pop and R&B fusion
  • talks about needing the support of those you love (be that friends, family or a lover) and the anxiety of trying to hold onto a love and youth that cannot last.

THE WINGS ERA

The Wings era spans the end of 2016 and the first half of 2017. This era is the shortest of them all, consisting of only one album, Wings, and a repackaged edition, You Never Walk Alone. The group continued to explore different genres in this era and the albums featured a solo song for each member.

  • the title track of Wings
  • moombahton* trap with a reggae base
  • about temptation and a willingness to sacrifice everything for something, inspired by the book Demian by Hermann Hesse

*moombahton is a fusion of reggae and tropical house

THE LOVE YOURSELF ERA

This era spans the end of 2017 to the middle of 2018 and contained the largest variety of music styles of any era to this point. This era consisted of two albums and a repackaged album, talking about the positives of love, the negatives, and finally calling us to love ourselves.

  • the title track of Love Yourself ‘Her’
  • future bass*
  • DNA talks about a destined, overwhelming, world-changing romance

*future bass is a type of EDM with some influences from dubstep

MIXTAPES

Each of the rappers have released a mixtape and earlier this year Jungkook teased that he might be next^.


HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!


note: these are not music videos.

THE BEST INTRODUCTION VIDEO I’VE FOUND:
THEIR LIVE PERFORMANCES ARE AMAZING:
AND RM HAS A KNACK FOR SPEECHES THAT MAKE YOU WANT TO CRY:
BECAUSE PUPPIES:

And that’s it for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe learned something!

Are you excited to listen to some of BTS’ music now? Or are you already a fan? Please let me know what you thought and leave me a comment if you have any questions… I’ll do my best to answer them!

Thank you for reading this post today!  Watch out for tomorrow’s post on my favourite BTS songs of all time! Happy listening, Keira x.

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