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Bangtan Boys
방탄소년단
Bangtan Boys in October 2013.jpg
Bangtan Boys at Seoul Plaza, Jung-gu, Seoul, in October 2013.
From left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope
Background information
Also known asBTS
Bulletproof Boy Scouts
Bangtan Sonyeondan
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, hip hop, R&B, dance
Years active2013–present
LabelsBig Hit Entertainment (Korean)
Pony Canyon (Japan)
WebsiteKorean Official website
Japanese Official website
MembersJin
Suga
J-hope
Rap Monster
Jimin
V
Jungkook
 
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Bangtan Boys
방탄소년단
Bangtan Boys in October 2013.jpg
Bangtan Boys at Seoul Plaza, Jung-gu, Seoul, in October 2013.
From left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope
Background information
Also known asBTS
Bulletproof Boy Scouts
Bangtan Sonyeondan
OriginSeoul, South Korea
GenresK-pop, hip hop, R&B, dance
Years active2013–present
LabelsBig Hit Entertainment (Korean)
Pony Canyon (Japan)
WebsiteKorean Official website
Japanese Official website
MembersJin
Suga
J-hope
Rap Monster
Jimin
V
Jungkook
Bangtan Boys
Hangul방탄소년
Hanja防彈少年
Revised RomanizationBangtan Sonyeondan
McCune–ReischauerPangt'an Sonyǒndan

Bangtan Boys (Korean: 방탄소년단, RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan, Translation: Bulletproof Boy Scouts, also known as BTS) is a South Korean seven-member hip-hop boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment, a company who also manages the artists GLAM and 2AM. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with their first title song No More Dream followed by We Are Bulletproof Pt.II.[1][2] They have won the title of "New Artist of the Year" at several music award functions including the 2013 MelOn Music Awards and Golden Disk Awards, 2014 Seoul Music Awards and Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards with multiple other nominations at other award ceremonies. They have also had their own variety show called Rookie King: Channel Bangtan (신인왕: 채널 방탄), which aired on the SBS MTV channel for a total of eight episodes.

History[edit]

Pre-debut[edit]

J-Hope appeared on several music programs due to his feature in 2AM member Jo Kwon's single, "Animal". The rest of the members also appeared in Jo Kwon's "I'm Da One" music video. Producer Bang Si Hyuk held a hip-hop audition called HIT IT. The audition searched for members to join a hip-hop crew that Bang Si Hyuk was planning on debuting in 2011. Due to members leaving the group lineup, the debut was postponed. Rap Monster remains as the only member of the original group line-up. The group released two cover songs before their debut. Three members, Jin, Rap Monster and SUGA, produced and released a cover track of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)", and titled it "School of Tears," a track delved into the workings of modern society, especially that of the school system, and its backward ways. Three other members, J-Hope, Jungkook and Jimin, produced "Graduation Song", a cover track of Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild, & Free". Despite being part of the group since 2011, member V was kept a secret until the initial release of their debut teasers for "No More Dream".

2013: 2 Cool 4 Skool, O! R U L8 2?[edit]

The first teaser was released on May 26. The concept is driven by a hip-hop beat accompanied by Rap Monster's voice that plays as the names of the seven members, album lyrics and song titles flash by.[3] Following this, V's first image teaser was released on June 2, 2013,[4] followed by members Jin, Jimin, and Jungkook in the second image teasers on June 3, 2013,[5] and members J-hope, Suga, and Rap Monster in the last set of image teasers released on June 6, 2013.[6]

On June 6, Bangtan Boys released a tracklist for their debut single album, "2 Cool 4 Skool"[7] Their first official album music video with the title "No More Dream" was released on June 12, 2013 through Big Hit Entertainment's official YouTube channel. They debuted on M! Countdown on June 13, 2013. On July 16, 2013 another single from their debut EP, "We are Bulletproof Pt. II", was released.

The first teaser for "O! R U L8 2?" was released on August 26. It featured the leader, Rap Monster, rapping while images related to BTS and their style of music floated past, before the items begin to break an invisible sheet of glass. At the ending of the teaser, the title of the comeback, written in red, is contrasted against a white background, and the date of their comeback featured underneath; 2013.09.11. Teaser pictures for their comeback were released on August 29 and featured the boys dressed in white, with stunning white backgrounds. On September 11, 2013 they released a music video for their next title track N.O. Promotions for their album continued through performances on various music shows until November 2013, ending with performances for their songs "Satoori Rap" and "Attack of Bangtan".

2014: Skool Luv Affair, Japanese activities, DARK & WILD, 1st Solo Concert[edit]

Bangtan Boys in 2014 performing at Mnet M! Countdown

On January 14, 2014, Big Hit Entertainment announced that the group would have their comeback with their new mini album Skool Luv Affair, due for release on February 12, 2014. They revealed more about the album to media outlets that "Having discussed their dreams and happiness with their songs released last year, the boys will now reflect teens' idea of love this time... The members directly participated in the production of the songs in this album, abundantly bringing out the emotions of teens." [8] Additionally, after a week of the announcement, a comeback countdown was released on their official webpage, accompanied by a snippet of their latest tracks.[9]

After multiple teasers, on February 11, 2014, the group held a showcase for their second mini album "Skool Luv Affair" at the Lotte Card Arts Centre, Seoul. For the first time in front of their A.R.M.Y fanbase, they performed some highly anticipated songs from their upcoming new album such as "JUMP", "Just One Day", and "Boy In Luv". In the interview section during showcase, they also revealed some stories behind the album making. As said before, the members directly participated in song production. Suga, Rap Monster and J-hope in particular played a large contribution in both music production and lyrics. They worked alongside the producer Hitman Bang, as well as Pdogg, Supreme Boi, Slow Rabbit, and OWO. Suga also revealed that he actually began producing the lyrics and melody for JUMP and Tomorrow when he was a trainee. Rap Monster would also comment that the album was completed in the middle of their year-end activities, despite an extremely tight schedule consisting of various promotional activity and award function rehearsals and performances.

Not long after the showcase was held, BTS released the highly anticipated music video for their comeback track "Boy in Luv" on Big Hit Entertainment's YouTube channel.[10] The music video features the members as school students. Dressed in dark school uniforms, the seven members show strong and sharp choreography to complemement the hip-hop/rock themed song. BTS’ second mini album “Skool Luv Affair” was released on February 12, and consists of 10 tracks. The boys then started promotions on music shows soon after.[11] Shortly after, BTS released the music video for "Just One Day", another track in the album.[12]

In mid-February, it was disclosed that the band would appear in their own version of a popular Japanese simulation game known as "Kstars Wonderland".[13] The project not only furthered their popularity among fans in the country, but also made them the second artist to participate in it; the first being fellow South Korean boy group, Infinite.

In early March, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS was scheduled to make their official Japanese debut.[14] The album was officially released on June 4, with their first official single being a Japanese version of their general debut song, "No More Dream". On July 14, 2014, they showcased their first own America concert, "BTS: Show & Prove," where they performed what they had learned in LA and older songs. It is to be broadcast on TV on their reality show called, "BTS American Hustle Life," starting on July 24, 2014.

On July 24 Big Hit Entertainment announced via BTS Official Facebook Page that BTS was scheduled to release their first album titled 'DARK & WILD' on August 20. Their first teaser pictures were released on August 8 followed by on the 12th with their first teaser. BTS had their showcase August 19 at Blue Square Samsung Card Hall,Seoul. They officially kicked their comeback with 'Danger' on Music Bank. BTS will have a webtoon titled 'We On'. 'We On' is a collaboration webtoon from Jaedam Media, CJ E&M, and Big Hit Entertainment, written and drawn by Lee Soon Gi and Park Jong Sung.

The group attended KCON in Los Angeles alongside Girls' Generation on August 10.[15]

On August 28, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS will have their solo concert which will held on AX-Korea for two days (October 18, 19). But because of the high demands of fans, Big Hit Entertainment also announced later that they'll add an extra day (October 17). So the concert will held for three days in total.

Members[edit]

Current Members [16]
Stage nameBirth nameDate of Birth
RomanizedHangulRomanizedHangul
JinKim Seokjin김석진(1992-12-04) December 4, 1992 (age 21)
Suga슈가Min Yoongi민윤기(1993-03-09) March 9, 1993 (age 21)
J-Hope제이홉Jung Hoseok정호석(1994-02-18) February 18, 1994 (age 20)
Rap Monster랩몬스터Kim Namjoon김남준(1994-09-12) September 12, 1994 (age 20)
Jimin지민Park Jimin박지민(1995-10-13) October 13, 1995 (age 19)
VKim Taehyung김태형(1995-12-30) December 30, 1995 (age 18)
Jungkook정국Jeon Jungkook전정국(1997-09-01) September 1, 1997 (age 17)

Fandom[edit]

Concerts/Tours[edit]

Discography[edit]

Publications[edit]

Photobook[edit]

YearTitleRelease dateFormat
2014NOW BTS in Thailand [17]
1st photobook
April 9, 2014Photobook (250 pages) + DVD, Postcard, Poster

Other[edit]

YearTitleRelease dateFormat
2014BTS 1st Anniversary BTS 2014 Summer PackageJuly 17, 2014Official Slogan, Photobook, Pin Button Set, Photocard
2014Ceci x BTS Special Limited PackageSeptember 23, 2014Photobook (26 pages), Bracelet (Black or White), Photocard

Season's Greetings[edit]

YearTitleRelease dateFormat
2014BTS 2015 SEASON'S GREETINGSDecember 3, 2014BTS Packaging: 2015 Calendar, 2015 Scheduler, Making DVD, Poster Calendar, Sticker, Happy New Year Card

Filmography[edit]

YearChannelTitleMembersRoleNote
2013SBS MTVRookie King: Channel BangtanAllRegulars8 Episodes
2014YinyuetaiBTS China JobAllRegulars3 episode documentary
2014MBC Every1Weekly IdolAllGuestsEpisode 144
2014MnetBeatles Code 3DAllGuestswith Park Jiyoon
2014MnetAmerican Hustle LifeAllRegulars8 Episodes
2014Mnet AmericaGO! BTSAllRegularsThe whole filming was held in L.A
2014KBSA Song for YouAllGuest(Season 3) episode 12

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BTS (Bangtan Boys) release their debut MV for "No More Dream" + '2 Cool 4 Skool' album". allkpop. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "BTS (Bangtan Boys) release MV for 'We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2". allkpop. Retrieved 31 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bangtan Boys aka BTS' powerful debut trailer is "2 cool for skool"". Allkpop. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bangtan Boys releases image teaser for member 'V'". Allkpop. Retrieved June 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bangtan Boys release image teasers for Jungkook, Jimin, and Jin". Allkpop. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bangtan Boys release photos for J-hope, Suga, and Rap Monster". Allkpop. Retrieved June 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bangtan Boys aka BTS come out with '2COOL 4SKOOL' track list". Allkpop. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/01/bts-to-sing-about-teen-love-with-skool-luv-affair-comeback-next-month#axzz2rUTuMcsa
  9. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/01/bts-reveals-comeback-countdown-timer-for-skool-luv-affair#ixzz2rcvXEQrB
  10. ^ "BTS Turn into School Boys for "Boy in Luv" MV". Soompi. Retrieved February 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ "BTS Turn into School Boys for 'Boy in Luv' MV". Soompi. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  12. ^ BTS releases 'Just One Day' music video!
  13. ^ http://omonatheydidnt.livejournal.com/12717764.html
  14. ^ http://www.allkpop.com/article/2014/03/bts-to-make-their-japanese-debut-this-june
  15. ^ "K-Pop stars Girls' Generation, Bangtan Boys headline KCON 2014". LA Times. May 22, 2014. Retrieved 14 October 2014. 
  16. ^ "BTS Profile". BTS Official Website. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  17. ^ (Korean) "???, ??? 'NOW BTS in Thailand' 5? ?? ??!". hankyung.com. 2009-07-27. 

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