BTSalso known as the Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band.
They are also one of the biggest pop groups in the worldand are known for hits such as Yet to Come, Dynamite and For Youth.
But what exactly does BTS mean, who is in the group, how long have they been together and what is music did they do?
Here’s everything you need to know..
What does BTS mean?
The name of the group, BTS, stands for the Korean phrase Bangtan Sonyeondan which means Bulletproof Boy Scouts.
According to member J-Hope, the name signifies the group’s desire “to block the stereotypes, criticisms and expectations that target teenagers like bullets”.
In July 2017, BTS announced that their name would also represent Beyond the Scene as part of their new brand identity.
Who are the members of BTS?
The septet consists of members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.
The group co-writes and produces much of their own material, and have a musical approach that has broadened to incorporate a wide range of genres after beginning as a hip hop ensemble.
BTS has cited artists such as Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Eminem, Kanye West, Drake, Post Malone, Charlie Puth, and Danger as musical inspirations.
They also named Queen as an influence, saying they “grew up watching Live Aid videos”.
They are so inspired by Queen that during their concert at Wembley Stadium in London, Jin paid tribute to the iconic band by leading the crowd in a version of Freddie Mercury’s “ay-oh” chant from the band’s Live Aid concert.
When did the boy band get together?
The group formed in 2010, but only gained popularity in South Korea in 2013, then took over the global music market up to four years later.
After debuting in 2013 with their single 2 Cool 4 Skool, BTS released their first Korean language studio album, Dark & Wild, and a Japanese language studio album, Wake Up, in 2014.
BTS entered the global music market in 2017, leading the Korean wave in the United States and breaking several sales records in the process.
What are some of the band’s most beloved songs and how many albums do they have?
Their Korean studio albums are:
- Dark and Wild (2014)
- Wings (2016)
- Love Yourself: Tear (2018)
- Soul Map: 7 (2020)
- Be (2020)
Their studio albums in Japanese are:
- Wake Up (2014)
- Youth (2016)
- Facing You (2018)
- Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey (2020)
They also just released a new album, Proof, which debuted Friday, June 10.
Their most popular songs include Yet to Come, Dynamite and For Youth.
What accolades has BTS received?
BTS has sold over 32 million albums and is the best-selling artist in South Korea’s history.
The group’s second Korean studio album, Wings (2016), was the first to sell one million copies in South Korea, and they hold the distinction of best-selling album in South Korea with Map of the Soul: 7 (2020).
They are the first Asian and non-English speaking band to headline and sell out London’s Wembley Stadium on their 2019 Love Yourself World Tour.
They also became one of the few groups since the Beatles to have four number one albums in the US in less than two years, and Love Yourself: Answer (2018) was the first Korean album to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association. of America (RIAA).
The band’s numerous accolades include six American Music Awards, 12 Billboard Music Awards, 24 Golden Disk Awards, and nominations for two Grammy Awards and two Brit Awards.