After their triumphant turn at last year’s AMAs and sell-out shows in LA, Chicago and New York, BTS is proving to be the much-needed vanguard of K-pop to the western world. More than that though, BTS – or The Bangtan Boys – is a phenomenon. Together, RM, J-Hope, Suga, Jin, Jimin, V and Jungkook have become superstars across the world, becoming the first South Korean act to break into the Billboard Top 100. Their chart success has been mirrored by – and is some ways because of – their social media. Using Twitter, BTS interact with their fans across the world in an unprecedented way and with over 10 million followers on Twitter and an average of 252,231 retweets per post, it’s no surprise they hold the Guinness World Record for most Twitter engagements for a music group.
Since breaking the US they have worked with the likes of FallOut Boy, The Chainsmokers and Wale, illustrating their talent for musical diversity. With their focus on authenticity, writing and producing the majority of their music, as well as incredible on-stage energy and an extraordinary level of interaction with their fans, South Korean music couldn’t ask for better emissaries to the rest of the world.
Quotes and Praise
“If you are sad, cry. If you are happy, smile. If you have a problem, ask. If you are scared, close your eyes. If you are hurt, scream. "If you want to give up, look at how much you have made.”
“Kill them with success and bury them with a smile.”
"You will regret someday if you don’t do your best now.”
iHeartRadio Music Awards for Best Fan Army and Best Boy Band (2018)
Teen Choice Award for Choice International Artist (2017)
Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist (2017)
Global V LIVE Award for Global Artist Top 10 (2017, 2018)
KBS World Radio Award for Best Boy Group and Best Song, (2016)
Guinness World Record for Most Twitter Engagements for a Music Group (2018)