BTS

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July 6, 2022

BTS (Korean: 방탄소년단; Romaja: Bangtan Sonyeondan), also known as Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2010 and debuted in 2013 by Big Hit Entertainment. The group consists of 7 members: Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook. The members co-compose and produce most of their music. Starting out as a hip hop group, the group's musical style has gradually evolved to cover a variety of genres. The group's lyrics often focus on personal and social commentary, dealing with themes of mental health, the troubles of school and adolescence, loss, the journey toward love and life. self-love and individualism. The group's productions also often deal with literary and psychological concepts and include a parallel universe plot. After debuting in 2013 with the single album 2 Cool 4 Skool, BTS released their first Korean studio album Dark & ​​Wild and Japanese studio album Wake Up in 2014. Second Korean studio album Wings ( 2016) was the group's first album to sell 1 million copies in Korea. By 2017, BTS entered the international music market, leading the Korean wave into the United States and breaking many sales records. They are the first Korean group to be certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with the single "Mic Drop", and the first Korean artist to top the US Billboard 200 chart. with the studio album Love Yourself: Tear (2018). BTS is also the first group since The Beatles to accumulate four number-one albums in the United States in less than two years, and Love Yourself: Answer (2018) is the first Korean album to be certified Platinum by the RIAA. In 2020, BTS became the first Korean act to reach #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Global 200 with "Dynamite" — a Grammy-nominated single. Subsequent singles including "Savage Love", "Life Goes On", "Butter" and "Permission to Dance" made BTS the fastest artist to amass 5 US number-one singles since Michael Jackson. With over 32 million album sales on Gaon Music Chart, BTS is the best-selling artist in Korean history and holds the record for best-selling album in Korea with Map of the Soul: 7. The group is also the first Asian and non-English speaking artist to be honored by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as Global Recording Artist of the Year (2020–2021), debuting on the charts Billboard's Top Touring Artist of the 2010s (at number 45), and the first Asian act to hold a solo and sold-out concert at Wembley Stadium and Rose Stadium Bowl — part of the Love Yourself World Tour 2019. Appeared on the cover of Time magazine as "Future Generation Leaders" and dubbed "Pop Princes", BTS was also honored by this magazine in the list of 25 most influential people on social networks (2017–2019) and 100 most influential people in the world (2019). The group has received many awards, including