Yes it is time for BTS to have a week!!!:D I'm extremely excited for this week:) BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys (Bangtan Sonyeondan), is a seven-member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. The name of the band, Bangtan Sonyeondan, is a combination of "방탄" which means bulletproof and "소년단" which means boy scouts. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream" from their first album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. BTS has won several "New Artist of the Year" awards, including those at the 2013 MelOn Music Awards and Golden Disk Awards, and the 2014 Seoul Music Awards. A year after their debut, they received major bonsang awards for Dark & Wild and The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Part 1.
BTS' first members were recruited through Big Hit's "Hit it" auditions in 2010 and 2011. It was a nationwide audition where people were recruited from their local provinces, like Jimin and Jungkook from Busan and V and Suga from Daegu. Jungkook was casted by Big Hit after leaving the Superstar K3 auditions in 7th grade. He trained with Movement Lifestyle in LA during the summer of 2012. Jimin attended the Busan High School of Arts and studied in the modern dance department. He was recruited through a private audition. Before getting streetcasted and auditioning, Jin had been a film arts student at Konkuk University. Rap Monster was already performing as an underground rapper and had released several tracks informally, including a collaboration with Zico. He had previously used the stage name "Runch Randa." J-Hope was part of street dance team Neuron before he was a trainee and won prizes in dance festivals in Gwangju. He later enrolled in the Korea Arts School. J-hope was also featured as a rapper for Jokwon's "Animal". The group's personal Twitter account was created in 2011, which they used to keep in contact with their fans before debut.
The first album of BTS's "school trilogy" series and their debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, was released on June 13, 2013 with the lead single "No More Dream". The music video was released the day before. On July 9, 2013, the group announced their official fanclub name: ARMY, which stands for Adorable Representative M.C for Youth. Three months after their debut, BTS announced their comeback with a second part of the "school trilogy". On September 11, BTS released their first mini-album, O!RUL8,2?. They promoted their song 'N.O', releasing its music video on September 10. On December 9, 2013, Suga was diagnosed with appendicitis while promoting with the group in Japan. He was flown back to Korea to receive surgery and was therefore unable to participate in the 2014 Idol Star Athletics Championships as well as SBS Gayo Daejun and MBC Gayo Daejejeun year-end performances with his fellow members. The third part of the "school trilogy", their second mini-album Skool Luv Affair was released on February 12, 2014. BTS promoted the album's title track "Boy in Luv (상남자)", releasing its music video on February 11. BTS came back with "Just One Day (하루만)" with its music video released on April 6. The band's Japanese debut album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, was released on April 23; their first single was a Japanese version of "No More Dream". On June 14, BTS took part in the Bridge to Korea Festival in Russia, an event that aimed to promote tourism between the two countries. There, they became judges of a k-pop cover dance competition and later performed on stage in front of 10,000 spectators. The group also attended KCON in Los Angeles alongside Girls' Generation and other artists on August 10, 2014. On August 19, BTS released their music video for their comeback single, "Danger" from their first full album, Dark & Wild which sold over 109,098 copies. They made a comeback with "War of Hormone (호르몬 전쟁)", a track from Dark & Wild. Its music video was released on October 21, 2014. BTS continued to promote in Japan, releasing their first Japanese studio album, Wake Up, on December 24. This album not only included Japanese versions of their songs, but also their first Japanese original tracks: "Wake Up" and "The Stars". BTS performed at the 2014 Mnet Asian Music Awards red carpet event and had a collaboration stage with Block B during the awards show. BTS then held their first concert tour, 2014 BTS Live Trilogy – Episode II: The Red Bullet, throughout October, November, and December. They toured Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Malaysia.
From February 10 to 19, BTS kicked off their first Japan tour, Wake Up: Open Your Eyes. They toured Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka, and performed for 25,000 fans. On March 20, member Rap Monster released his first mixtape: RM, releasing three music videos for tracks: "Awakening (각성) ", "Do You", and "Joke (농담)". On March 28, BTS held their second solo concert in Korea, BTS Live Trilogy – Episode 1: BTS Begins. The group's third EP, The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Part 1 (화양연화 pt.1), was released on April 29, 2015. It was listed in June by Fuse as one of the "27 Best Albums of 2015 So Far" and was the only Korean album listed that year. On May 5, 2015, their title track "I Need U" won first place on SBS MTV's The Show, which marked their first win since their debut. Signal Entertainment announced that The Most Beautiful Moment In Life Pt.1 had sold over 180,000 copies since its release. On June 4, 2015, BTS released their fourth Japanese single, "For You", to celebrate their first anniversary of their Japanese debut, with its music video released on the same day. The single climbed to the top on Oricon's daily chart, selling 42,611 copies within its first day. On June 23, BTS released their music video for their follow up single, "Dope (쩔어)", receiving 1,000,000 views in less than 15 hours. "Dope (쩔어)" rose to its peak at number 3 on Billboard's World Digital Chart despite being released two months earlier. The group's world tour, 2015 Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet, continued with stops in Malaysia, Latin America, Australia, the U.S., and ended in Hong Kong on August 29. BTS was a part of the 2015 Summer Sonic Festival tour in Japan, performing on August 15 at Tokyo's QVC Marine Field and on the 16th in Osaka. On September 8, it was announced that BTS would have a comeback with the second part of The Most Beautiful Moment in Life album on November 30. They also held a three-day concert tour, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: On Stage from November 27 to 29, where they showcased their title track, "Run". On October 19, it was announced that BTS would be the new brand ambassador for sports brand Puma. The band released the Japanese version of "I Need U" as their fifth Japanese single on December 8. In January 2016, Nexon announced that they will be releasing character avatars based on the members for their RPG game, Elsword. They were also selected as the new models for SK Telecom company in February. BTS released their sixth Japanese single, "Run", on March 15. The group has a versatile image ranging from a tougher, bad boy to a more youthful image. They focus mainly on the hip hop genre while appealing to youth also. MTV's Corynn Smith stated that BTS has incorporated hip hop beats as well as rock-inspired elements for their singles: "Danger" and "Boy in Luv (상남자)". BTS has been called the "K-pop's Social Conscious" by Jeff Benjamin from Fuse, who noted that the group has found "a way to speak honestly about topics they deem important, even in a conservative society". Through their many releases, BTS has tackled school bullying, the pursuit of happiness and rejecting society ideals in its lyrics. During an interview with Cuvism Magazine, it is stated that their name, "Bangtan Boys", means "to block out the world's bullets", which reflects the group's desire to write music about society's oppression as well as lyrics that the youth may relate to. J-hope states: "I think we get a lot [of inspiration] from our daily lives. There are lots of things we could write about even here, and we get lots of inspiration while going to the practice room and while we're eating. We tend to write about small things. We have a song called "좋아요" (Like) and it's about someone checking their ex-girlfriend's SNS account and pretending to be cool about pressing the like button. Like this song, we write lyrics about small things." BTS plays an active role producing their music, with all members participating in the composition and lyric-writing of their songs. Group Of The Week taglist: @catchyacrayon @KwonOfAKind @lovetop @Kieuseru @ESwee @EliseB @KAddict @Starbell808 @pharmgirlerin @lilbr0wneyes @resavalencia @CrystalGuerra @SerenityThao @Helixx @jessicaacosta90 @Isolate @Bwolfgirl @twistedPuppy @BBxGD @sherrysahar (If you would like to be added or removed please comment)