In BTS, which stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan, and roughly translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts,” seven members bring seven unique talents and personalities to the table. The megastars owe their obsessive fandom to both their diverse musical styles and the craze of social media. What sets the septet apart is that they write and produce much of their music, targeting tougher, honest subjects along the way.
In their song “Not Today,” for example, the group advocates for minority groups, and their second album, “Wings,” sheds some light on mental health and female empowerment. Being advocates for social change, BTS evidently gained a strong millennial following.
Joining SHINee as part of the Korean Wave expanding South Korean culture, the K-pop group hit it big with “Wings” in 2016, peaking at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 — the highest chart ranking for a K-pop album ever. And in December 2017, BTS was named the most-tweeted about celebrity that year, ranking them No. 1 on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity list for 2018.
Impress the family with some K-pop knowledge by pressing play on BTS’ hottest hits: “Fake Love,” “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” “I Need U,” “Run,” “Save Me” and “Butterfly.”