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World’s Biggest Boyband BTS Take on a …

World’s Biggest Boyband BTS Take on a British Quiz in Exclusive Interview | Lorraine

[ARTICLE – VOGUE]  #BTSInLondon – Miss Vogue M…

I n the ‘60s they called it Beatlemania – screaming fans, desperate to get a glimpse of the Fab Four. In 2018, it’s BTS-mania. The seven-piece Korean boy band are unrivaled in the dedicated fans – the Army – that have studied their every dance move, learned every word to their all-kill songs and are quick to emulate their label-heavy onstage looks.

Made up of Jungkook, V, Jimin, RM, J-hope, Suga and Jin, they are a charming septet of young men, who also just happen to have their focus set on world domination.

For the first time, as part of their Love Yourself world tour, the band took to the London stage this week. Selling out the O2 for two consecutive nights, BTS proved the power of KPOP is well and truly ready to flood the mainstream charts here in the UK.

As someone who never missed a One Direction tour, my ears have acclimatised to a stadium of shrieking squeals. However, this was on another level. Pyrotechnics usually reserved for the encore are employed from the get-go, dance moves are meticulously in sync and when they’re changing into another catwalk-approved look, visuals worthy of a Gucci campaign flood the large screens. Oohs, ahhs and screams soon ensue and do not give up for a moment.

Seven might seem like a lot for a single band but each member has his own moment to shine, and to let his individual personality shine through. “We do make sure that one person doesn’t stand out,” Jungkook told Miss Vogue. “But then we are really unique. We all have our style, so I think we all stand out. We each have our own roles and positions in the band and then we work together to make sure we all try hard for the Army.”

“We also play rock scissor to make sure all things are fair,” RM, the natural leader laughs. “BTS is a democracy.”

This is the first time the band has played in the UK, and if fans are excited about it, then BTS are arguably more so. “I think it’s our mindset because I think for our Europe tour we really wanted to come here, but we couldn’t it was cancelled, and we really regretted it, and we were really sad. So, I think we are sorry that we couldn’t come the last time and we are really looking forward to this, so we’re going to do our best and put on the best show possible. Yes, we are going to release all of that on the stage,” explained Jimin.

Miss Vogue editor Naomi Pike meets BTS in London.

London has long been a destination that the seven members had hoped to visit. Movies had shaped their vision of the city, and they didn’t disappoint. “Coming to London is exciting as we can see the things we have just seen in the movies,” explained V. “And now we see them for real.”

Conversation with BTS slips back to fans as soon as they move off topic. The Army is everything and a key reason why they’re most excited to be visiting right now. Their dream place to play host to fans would be at the foot of Big Ben.

Time in the city is precious, but there’s a little free time which – unsurprisingly for those who know them well – its going to have a fashion focus.

Suga is keen to invest in a leather jacket and RM is well researched in the smaller independent boutiques, while the group all agree that trips to the Kingsman store on Savile Row and to the basement menswear floor in Liberty are musts.

BTS vs. The fans – We put the Army’s questio…

BTS vs. The fans – We put the Army’s questions to the K-Pop heroes

JIN: I don’t have friends

JIN: I don’t have friends




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[ARTICLE – TIME] How BTS Is Taking Over the Wo…

| Raisa Bruner @raisabruner – 181010

The boy band hails from Korea and achieves continued chart attention in the West

It’s early on a Monday night in September at a lavish top-floor suite of the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles, and Jimin, one-seventh of BTS, the most popular boy band in the world, is napping upright in front of an illuminated dressing room mirror.

You can’t blame him for being exhausted. Exactly 24 hours earlier, Jimin, 22; Jin, 25; Suga, 25; J-Hope, 24; RM, 24; V, 22; and Jung Kook, 21, were warming up backstage at L.A.’s Staples Center, prepping to perform their fourth and final show of a sold-out stretch at the 20,000-seat arena. Each night is a marathon of sharp dance choreography, music-video interludes and indoor pyrotechnics—all backgrounded, of course, by the roars of screaming fans. “It’s a real honor,” says J-Hope, via a translator. “We’re proud that everything we do is giving off light.”

Like The Beatles and One Direction before them, BTS serves up a mania-inducing mix of heartthrob good looks and ear-worm choruses, alongside dance moves in the vein of New Kids on the Block and *NSYNC. But the band—whose name stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan in Korean and Beyond the Scene in English—is also breaking new ground. Not only is BTS the first Korean act to sell out a U.S. stadium (to say nothing of the records they’ve set across Asia), but they’ve done so without catering to Western audiences. Only one of their members, RM, speaks fluent English, and most of their songs are in Korean—even more proof that music “doesn’t have to be English to be a global phenomenon,” says Steve Aoki, a U.S. DJ who has collaborated with BTS. The group is also preternaturally adept at leveraging social media, both to promote their music and connect with their fans.

But for now, at least, they may need sleep. “I’m still trying to get over my jet lag,” deadpans Suga, one of the group’s three rappers.


Since its genesis in the ‘90s, Korean pop—or K-pop—has become synonymous with what studios call “idols”: a cadre of young, polished, perfect-seeming pop stars whose images are often rigorously controlled. (They’re often discouraged from discussing their dating lives, so as to seem available to fans.) But even as K-pop matured to a nearly $5 billion industry with fans around the world, its biggest stars—including Rain, Girls’ Generation and Big Bang—largely failed to gain traction in Western markets. The outlier was Psy, a South Korean rapper whose “Gangnam Style” became a viral hit in 2012, though his comic, outlandish persona was an unlikely (and some critics argue, problematic) herald for the genre.

When BTS arrived in 2013, it was clear they would play by new rules. They were formed by Bang Si-hyuk, a K-pop renegade who left a major label to start his own enterprise. He chose young stars that appeared to have an edge, beginning with RM, who was initially a part of Korea’s underground rap scene. And although BTS has idol elements—the slick aesthetics, the sharp choreography, the fun-loving singles—they also embrace their flaws. Their first release, “No More Dream,” took on the ways Korean kids feel stymied by societal expectations; RM recorded a song with Wale that alludes to the importance of activism; Suga released a mixtape addressing his depression. “We started to tell the stories that people wanted to hear and were ready to hear, stories that other people could not or would not tell,” Suga says. “We said what other people were feeling—like pain, anxieties and worries.” They convey these messages in their music videos, loaded with metaphors and cultural references; in their social media updates; and in the lyrics of their music, which fans translate and analyze on message boards, group chats and podcasts. “That was our goal, to create this empathy that people can relate to,” Suga continues.

It helps, too, that their sound is broadly appealing, fusing hip-hop with EDM and pop production. Recent collaborators include Desiigner and Nicki Minaj, who added a verse to their latest single “Idol,” whose lyrics wink at their place in the K-pop firmament. “You can call me artist, you can call me idol,” they sing. “No matter what you call me, I don’t care… you can’t stop me lovin’ myself.” RM says that mantra—love yourself—is core to BTS’ identity; it’s even incorporated into their most recent album titles. “Life has many unpredictable issues, problems, dilemmas,” says RM. “But I think the most important thing to live well is to be yourself. We’re still trying to be us.”

This combination of traits has resonated with fans, especially on social media, where BTS has amassed millions of devoted followers. They call themselves ARMY, which is both an acronym for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth and a nod to their organized power. In 2017, BTS fans made headlines for lifting the group to the top of Billboard’s Social Artist chart—which incorporates streams, social-media mentions and more—and besting the likes of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Since then, the ARMY has catapulted both of BTS’s latest albums, Love Yourself: Answer and Love Yourself: Tear, to the top of album charts in the U.S., South Korea and Japan. “Even if there is a language barrier, once the music starts, people react pretty much the same wherever we go,” says Suga. “It feels like the music really brings us together.” Adds Jimin: “We give energy to our audience members and listeners, but we also draw energy from them.”


Back at the Ritz, a makeup artist wakes Jimin from his nap. Nearby, V sings a bar of music as his bleach-blond hair gets blown out. Jung Kook stretches his neck as a makeup artist applies concealer. RM chats with a manager. Suga slips into loafers. Jin, who goes by the fan-given moniker of “Worldwide Handsome,” lets a wardrobe assistant tie his necktie. J-Hope’s laughter filters through the door.

It’s a rare moment of downtime for the boys. Over the coming weeks, they will perform another 11 sold-out shows, appear on Good Morning Americaand even help launch a youth empowerment initiative at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, at which RM spoke about self-acceptance: “No matter who you are or where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity, speak yourself.”

A schedule like this might seem daunting. But for BTS—and their ARMY—it’s an encouraging sign of what’s to come. “I’m just throwing it out there,” Suga says, “but maybe we could perform at the Super Bowl someday.”