What do Justin Bieber, President Donald Trump, Rihanna, Katy Perry and Korean boy band BTS have in common? There were all named by Time magazine as among the 25 most influential people on the internet.
BTS, formerly known as Bangtan Boys, and more recently Beyond The Scene, is a seven-member South Korean boy band under Big Hit Entertainment. Composed of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V and Jung Kook, the band’s Korean name, Bangtan Sonyeondan, translates as Bulletproof Boy Scouts.
Nomenclature aside, BTS is an undeniable, seemingly non-stoppable hit machine. Since their debut in 2013 with the single 2 Cool 4 Skool, the K-pop sensations have enjoyed a meteoric rise in Asia, and internationally, following their attention-grabbing appearance at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards where they won Top Social Artist and ended Justin Bieber’s six-year winning streak.
Their album Wings was one of 2016’s top-selling albums in Korea. The album also reached the top spot on 97 iTunes charts around the world and was NO.26 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, a record for a Korean artist. Meanwhile their follow-up, You Never Walk Alone, topped the Gaon Chart Album Sales and Digital Rankings for the first half of 2017 with 729,295 album sales. The album also debuted at No.61 on Billboard 200, making them the first Korean artists to enter the Billboard 200 with four consecutive albums.
BTS kicked off their world tour in February 2017, spanning countries from no less than four continents, and will play Macau in come November
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