“Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice, and I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, gender identity: speak yourself.”-BTS(UNICEF)
Bangtan Boys also known as BTS is a Korean-pop group, currently the biggest phenomenon of the music industry with a huge fandom named A.R.M.Y. It is a seven-member boyband and their names go like this, Kim Namjoon(RM), Kim Seokjin(Jin), Min Yoongi(Suga), Jung Hoseok(Jhope), Park Jimin(Jimin), Kim Taehyung(V), Jeon Jungkook. BTS debuted on 13th June 2013 under Bighit Entertainment.
BTS, through their songs, talk about personal issues and society’s expectations, and commentary on youth. They focus on mental issues, depression, and almost everything that people usually don’t prefer to talk about. Moreover, they are inspiring and touching the hearts of millions of people every day through their lyrics. From the beginning of their career, they told stories that are very much familiar to our stories like teenage love affairs, the desire to achieve everything, society’s expectations on you, depression. So basically, it’s like a guy next door story which we all can relate.
“If you want to love others, I think you should love yourself first.”-RM
“Don’t be trapped in someone else’s dream“-V
Back in 2013, BTS was completely unknown to the world they hardly had 200 to 300 people to cheer them up. All seven of them used to live in a small dorm with very little to no luxury, they were discriminated against by the other companies as they come from a small and completely underrated company(Big Hit). They were never invited to big shows, got so much hatred and criticism from the pop community because of their looks, clothes, make-up, and were accused of false plagiarism. But despite the hardships they have faced, they’ve pushed themselves and never lost hope. They fought together, stood against the negativity, and motivated themselves to just moved on to make a better version of themselves every day. They released 22 albums till now each album sharing a different story. They have learned to love themselves for who they are and accept their flaws. Just like that, they want us to love ourselves and end self-hatred and bring peace into our lives.
“In the middle of the road, at the moment you want to give up, shout out even louder: “So what?”-BTS
And now, their efforts paid off. They have won 370 awards including National awards, Billboard awards, Asian artist awards, the American Music Awards, etc. 549 nominations including the Grammys. And attained 26 Guinness World records and broke the records of Michael Jackson and The Beatles. They got covered by TIME magazine as “The next generation heroes”. They are the brand ambassadors of Hyundai, FILA, Louis Vuitton, Samsung, Coca-Cola, and many more. BTS delivered a speech at the UN general assembly as a part of the “LOVE MYSELF” campaign that they have launched in 2017 and partnered with UNICEF’s “End Violence” program. BTS generates 4 trillion Korean won as economic value to their country per year and 1.42 trillion won as added value per year, according to the 2018 report( Hyundai Research Institute). BTS contributes 1.7% of total Korean consumer goods export.
“Love myself, love yourself, peace.”-Suga
“Find your name, find your voice by speaking yourself.”-RM
Their growth is phenomenal.
From small dorms to spacious hotel rooms.
From congested practice rooms to a multi storey building.
From 200 fans to millions of ARMYs.
From a few lightsticks to an ocean of purple lights.
From small-town boys to Global leaders.
From ordinary teenagers to legends.
“In the dark night, don’t be lonely, Like the stars, we shine, Don’t disappear, because you’re a great existence, Let us shine”-BTS(Mikrokosmos)
“Purple is the last colour of the rainbow colours. So means I will trust and love you for a long time.”― Kim Taehyung
They have achieved everything they wanted but always stay the same as they were a few years ago. This is a story of models, dancers, singers, philanthropists, the next generation leaders, and more importantly our well-wishers.
Their journey is worth telling, as an ARMY I will not stop narrating this story to the world.
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