Bangtan Boys & The K-Pop Fandom – Gaining Global Ground
If you haven’t heard of the Bangtan Boys, well, now you have. A big and powerful movement in the music industry- known as K-Pop- has gained a great deal of momentum in the past several years, far beyond the shores of Korea, and the Bangtan Boys have, at a minimum, helped fuel the flames. The Bangtan Boys (a.k.a. BTS) got their start in 2013 with their hit song, “No More Dream”. This dreamy South Korean boy band with a swarm of fans and followers, doesn’t yield a lot of question as to why they’re as popular as they are.
The entertainment group Big Hit set out on their hunt for fresh faces and talent in 2010 and ‘11 in South Korea, searching for the right match of harmonies and personalities to form the agency’s latest singing group. With luck, they managed to find seven young boys – some of which were still just in middle school – to join the band. Jungkook, Jin, Suga, Rap Monster, V, Jimin, and J-Hope all joined the band, and therein the now famous septet was formed.
By 2014 the “boys” already had a massive following, even performing to audiences of 10,000+ and touring in Russia and other parts of Asia. Immediately after coming out to the public as Big Hit’s most recent talent, they announced their fan-base name: A.R.M.Y. – the acronym standing for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth.
Most recently in 2015 , the American digital cable channel Fuse rated the band’s album of the year The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1, as “one of the 27 best albums of the year so far”. To date, they have more than half a dozen awards under their belt, including several “New Artist of the Year” awards.
Mostly though, the fans are what make this group such a sensation. With young girls showing their undying love and dedication to their favorite members of the band. Not sure who your’s is? Don’t worry, you can take this online quiz to find out who your BTS Boyfriend is: http://www.quotev.com/quiz/3537866/Whos-your-Bangtan-Boys-BTS-boyfriend. Or if that’s not the mystery you need solving, no worries, there is also a quiz on the website Boombox allowing you to figure out which member of the band you are https://www.boombox.com/c/quiz/29402/which-bangtan-boys-bts-member-are-you. If that still doesn’t cut it for you, you can check out other websites like www.jetpunk.com, where you can find more than a handful of quizzes to test your BTS knowledge.
Wikipedia, YouTube, Facebook- do a quick search – they’re everywhere. Needless to say, these boys from Korea are on the rise, and there’s no end in sight. Fans are lining up for tickets for their upcoming concerts, two of which will be on March 22 and 23 at the Kobe World Hall in Kobe, Japan. http://www.bandsintown.com/BangtanBoys. And Fans are going nuts over the band’s newest album which was just released a couple of months ago on November 30, 2015 entitled The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2. The album was the fifth most successfully sold album of 2015 in their native South Korea, and as of December of ‘15, the album had reached the top 200 on the U.S.’ Billboard charts. Look out world, K-Pop is on its way.
If you are a part of the A.R.M.Y. and haven’t downloaded Fanpage, then you need to hop to it. BTS Fans are expressing their fandom, connecting,, and competing to become BTS’ biggest fan. You can download the app for either iPhone or Android at Fanpage.com.
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