an introduction to SEVENTEEN

Hello everyone! If you don’t follow me on Twitter you wouldn’t know but this week’s them is “quantity and quality”. You’ve probably heard the phrase “quality, not quantity” or “quality over quantity”… but this week I wanted to celebrate things with both quantity and quality. There will be some bookish stuff as well, but on the music side of things we’re going to be looking at K-Pop boy group SEVENTEEN, so please look forward to it!

Today isn’t for sharing the best SEVENTEEN 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 SEVENTEEN!

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


Who are SEVENTEEN?


SEVENTEEN are a 13 member boy group from South Korea. They are known for their use of complex formations in their choreographies, and their slightly more boyish concepts compared to some other boygroups.

SEVENTEEN debuted under Pledis Entertainment in 2015 and were the first boygroup to debut with a one-hour live showcase. As they are such a big group, they have three teams: the Hip Hop Team, the Vocal Team and the Performance Team, which come together to make one group. Their fans are called Carat.


Meet the members of SEVENTEEN


S.Coups.gifS.Coups

S.Coups (born: Choi Seungcheol) is the leader of the group, as well as the eldest member. In addition to being the leader of SEVENTEEN, he is also the leader of the Hip Hop Team. He is the main rapper and a vocalist in the group.

S.Coups was born on the 8th of August 1995 for being strong and reliable, but also cute. He may seem intimidating, but if his members he cry, he will cry too. He enjoys reading and sports, but dislikes roller coasters.

Check out this clip of S.Coups performing his song “Phenomenon” live!


JeonghanJeonghan

Jeonghan (born: Yoon Jeonghan) is the lead vocalist of the group and ranks himself as the third best visual of the group. He is a part of the Vocal Team.

Jeonghan was born on the 4th of October 1995 and is known for playing pranks on other members. The group voted him as having the best personality and he enjoys it when his members confide in him. He is constantly sleepy ad doesn’t really like sweets.

Check out Jeonghan performing his song “Purple Rose” live!


JoshuaJoshua

Joshua (born: Joshua Hong/ Hong Jisoo) is one of the group’s lead vocalists and is part of the Vocal Team. Both of Joshua’s parents are Korean, but he was born and raised in America. Joshua has said that music is his life. 

Joshua was born on the 30th of December 1995 is known for being gentlemanly, although recently he bas become more of a joker. He enjoys riding a bike by the Han River and watching anime. He also loves chicken and can cook.

Check out Joshua performing his song “Can’t live without losing you” live!


JunJun

Jun (born: Wen Junhui) is a lead dancer and sub-vocalist in the group. He is one of the Chinese members and is part of the Performance Team. He ranks himself third in terms of visuals.

Jun was born on the 10th of June 1996. He thinks he is a little awkward and feels that his emotions change frequently. He feels most comfortable at home and is the group’s alarm clock.

Check out Jun performing a solo, Chinese version of the group’s 2018 song “THANKS”!


Hoshi.gifHoshi

Hoshi (born: Kwon Soonyoung) is the leader of the Performance Team. He’s also a main dancer, lead vocalist and sub-rapper. Additionally, he is a member of the sub-unit BSS. Hoshi choreographs most of SEVENTEEN’s dances.

Hoshi was born on the 15th of June 1996 and is known for being the mood-maker of the group. He has a black belt in Taekwondo and likes collecting weird pictures of the members.

Check out Hoshi perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


Wonwoo.gifWonwoo

Wonwoo (born: Jeon Wonwoo) is a lead rapper and sub-vocalist with the deepest voice of the group. He is part of the Hip Hop Team and was in the top 100 “Most Handsome Faces of 2017” by T.C. Chandler.

Wonwoo was born on the 17th of July 1996 and is known for being wise and a little bit shy, but has a warm personality. He is the cleanest member of the group and prefers scary movies to comedies.  

Check out Wonwoo perform the song “You’re my baby” all the way back in 2013!


Woozi.gifWoozi

Woozi (born: Lee Jihoon) is the Vocal Team leader and lead vocalist of the group. He has a background in classical music and produces most of the group’s music. He can play the guitar and the piano.

Woozi was born on the 22nd of November 1996, hates aegyo and is hardworking. He was originally supposed to be part of the performance team. He likes the X-Men series and films starring Hugh Jackman.

Check out Woozi performing his performance-oriented song “With You”!


DK.gifDK

DK (born: Lee Seokmin) is the main vocalist of the group and is part of the Vocal Team. He is also the leader of the subunit BSS. He was part of a rock band in middle school.

DK was born on the 18th of February 1997 and is known for being funny and loud.  He has spoken about how he used to be bullied for his weight, and explained how words can hurt, but he tries to be a positive and hard-working person.

Check out DK perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


MingyuMingyu

Mingyu (born: Kim Mingyu) is a lead rapper and sub-vocalist of the group. Additionally, he is also the official visual and was in the top 50 “Most Handsome Faces of 2017” by T.C. Chandler. He would like to try acting in the future and used to play bass in high school.

Mingyu was born on the 6th of April 1997 and is known for being the handyman and cook of the group. He has a bright personality and eats a lot. Once, he placed second in national football championships. 

Check out Mingyu performing his vocal-oriented song “Like The Beginning”!


The8.gifThe8

The8 (born: Xu Minghao) is a lead dancer, a rapper, and a sub-vocalist. He is one of the two Chinese members and is part of the Performance Team. He has a background in b-boying.

The8 was born on the 7th of November 1997 and is known for seeming cool on stage. He enjoys pranking people he is close with and has been practicing Chinese Wushu (martial art) since he was five years old.

Check out The8 performing a solo, Chinese version of the group’s 2017 song “CLAP”! 


Seungkwan.gifSeungkwan

Seungkwan (born: Book Seungkwan) is the second main vocalist of the group. He is part of the Vocal Team as well as the subunit BSS.

Seungkwan was born on the 16th of January 1998 and he is known for being sensitive, a little bit savage and very funny. He is indecisive, so he takes a long time when shopping and enjoys walking alone without thinking about anything. He loves hamburgers and is allergic to tomatoes.

Check out Seungkwan perform on singing competition “King of the Masked Singer”!


Vernon.gifVernon

Vernon (born: Hansol Vernon Chwe/ Choi Hansol) is the main rapper of the group as well as a vocalist. He was born in New York, but moved to Korea when he was little. He is part of the Hip Hop Team.

Vernon was born on the 18th of February 1998 and is known for being easygoing, shy and looking like Leonardo di Caprio. He looks childish, but places an importance on not being prejudiced.

Check out Vernon performing his song “Lotto” live!


DinoDino

Dino (born: Lee Chan) is the main dancer of the group as well as a lead rapper and sub-vocalist. Both of his parents are dancers and he has choreographed a couple of SEVENTEEN’s dances. Dino is part of the Performance Team.

Dino was born on the 11th of February 1999 and is the youngest member of the group. He likes to hug things when he sleeps and hates not being able to speak his mind. Michael Jackson is one of his role models.

Check out Dino performing his rap-oriented and hype song “The Real Thing”!


SEVENTEEN’s Discography


SEVENTEEN has a growing discography, including 2 albums, 1 repackaged album, 1 Japanese mini album, 1 special album, 5 mini albums and 2 singles. They also have a subunit “BSS” who have one single.

If you read my introduction to BTS you might know that I talked about the four eras of BTS music so far. SEVENTEEN don’t have such clear splits in their music, so instead I’m going to talk about their music as a group as well as within their three teams!


THE HIP HOP TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S Hip Hop Team includes S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu and Vernon. Their main role is rapping and they write most of the rap lyrics for their songs.

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • chill rap
  • talks about the members personal “traumas”

Trauma Definition

THE VOCAL TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S vocal team includes Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK and Seungkwan. Their main role is singing and music production (especially Woozi).

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • a light, almost ballad pop song
  • talks about waiting for someone you love

THE PERFORMANCE TEAM

SEVENTEEN’S performance team includes Hoshi, Jun, The8 and Dino. Their main role is dance/performance and they make most of the group’s choreography.

  • 2017 pre-release for album Teen, Age; officially set before Al1
  • a more instrumental, EDM style song with all sorts of twist… like electric guitar
  • talks about having faith

SEVENTEEN

SEVENTEEN includes all thirteen members. They combine the talents of all three teams to create something amazing together. Very few songs on their albums are done as a whole group, with the majority being unit songs (either as teams or otherwise), but their title tracks are always done together. They explore a variety of genres as a whole.

  • the title track of 2018 mini album You Make My Day
  • a light, playful sound
  • talks about the feeling of “ah what to do” you feel when you have a crush

BSS

BSS is a subunit of SEVENTEEN including DK, Hoshi and Seungkwan, which debuted in March 2018 with the single Just do it. They’re pretty hilarious, as any SEVENTEEN fan would expect, so I recommend checking their song and performances out!


HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT I RECOMMEND YOU WATCH!


note: these are not music videos.

SEVENTEEN MOMENTS (IF THIS DOESN’T MAKE YOU LAUGH I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL):
THEY REALLY PULL OF COVERING GIRL GROUP SONGS:
JUST A FUN INTERVIEW:
BECAUSE THIS IS JUST IMPRESSIVE:

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

Are you excited to listen to some of SEVENTEEN’s 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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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’!


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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.

If you have a blog, pop a link down below along with a comment and I’ll be sure to take a look!


If you have any requests for other reviews (be that books or music, old or new), leave me a comment below, pop me an email or go here for more information. You’re also welcome to request other posts as well!

Have your own music or book to submit? Take a look at my review policy.

Also make sure to follow me on Twitter to see what the new theme is each week, follow this blog so you’re notified when I next post, and add me on Spotify (I’ll add you back and we can see what sort of songs each other listen to)!

If you have a blog, pop a link down below along with a comment and I’ll be sure to take a look!