BTS is of seven members – Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook – who come from all over South Korea. A k-pop boy band that has become a global sensation.
How was BTS formed?
Kim Namjoon the BTS “leader” was an underground rapper before BTS was founded, and was the first member to be selected for the group.
Kim Seok-Jin (RM) the oldest member of the group and one of the vocalists, Jin was discovered on the street while studying film at Konkuk University and invited to audition for HYBE Labels formerly Big Hit entertainment.
Min Yoongi (SUGA) had a career as an underground rapper in Daegu before joining BTS, He likes songwriting, producing, and playing the piano. Auditioned to the HYBE Labels (formerly big hit entertainment),as a producer then into a rapper.
Jung Hoseok (J-Hope)was part of a street dance team named Neuron before joining BTS, and is known for his impressive dance abilities and upbeat personality. He chose his stage name because he wanted to be a source of hope and light for fans. before auditioning he participated in a competition conducted by JYP entertainment.
Park Ji Min Before joining the group, he was enrolled at Busan High School of Arts as one of the school’s top students in modern dance, but later transferred to Korea Arts High School with fellow band member V, who auditioned for BTS in Daegu. Jimin is known for his perfectionism and caring personality.
Kim Taehyung He is known as a surprise member of BTS, as the rest of the band was known to the public before its 2013 debut. Though V grew up in a family of farmers, he’s embraced his artistic path. He’s a big fan of art and photography. He came to encourage his friend in auditioning in HYBE Labels (Big Hit Entertainment), the staff members saw him asked to participate in the audition.
Jeon Jungkook was just 15 years old when BTS debuted. Though he’s the youngest member of the group, Jungkook was one of the most in-demand singers after auditioning for the South Korean talent show Superstar K, and eventually chose to sign with Big Hit Entertainment, because Jungkook admired RM’s rapping skills so he wanted to be in the group with him.
When did BTS debut?
BTS began its formation in 2010 after Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang si-hyuk met with group leader RM and was impressed with his rapping. BTS was originally supposed to be a hip hop group, but between their initial formation and their debut, Bang Si-hyuk decided that the contemporary youth needed instead “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word”. The group was meant to debut in 2011 and featured on several tracks by artists. The lineup was then finalized with jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook in 2012 when Jin, the oldest member of the group, was twenty years old. Six months prior to their debut, they began to gain attention for their presence on various social media websites, as well as song covers on Youtube and Soundcloud.
On June 12, 2013, BTS released their debut single album 2 cool 4 Skool, the first installment of their “school trilogy” series, simultaneously with its lead single “No More Dream“, which peaked at number 124 in Korea before quickly falling off the charts. While the album peaked at number five in South Korea and eventually sold over 145,000 copies, it was not a major hit, selling only 24,000 copies in 2013. Their subsequent single “We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2” failed to chart.
In 2 Cool 4 Skool, BTS employed an old-school hip-hop sound with scratches from the 1980s–90s and excessively fierce visuals. BTS have stated that from their inception, they were convinced that telling their story was the only way for the younger generation to relate to their music. The lyrics of the album primarily reflected on the misunderstanding and prejudice towards them, criticism of the society that diminishes their dreams, and their anxiety and determination towards their future.
The single album’s release was followed by several appearances on Korean music shows. Despite being unpolished, critics say these early live performances demonstrated BTS’ potential with their intense and charismatic stage presence
In September 2013, BTS released the second part to their “school trilogy,” the extended play O!RUL8,2?, along with its single “N.O,” which peaked at number 92 in Korea. Later in the same year, they were recognized as Best New Artist at South Korea’s Melon Music Awards, their first major award.
After a year of win and releasing their albums back to back, in 2015, BTS was recognized at the international level. The Korean band’s song, ‘I Need U’ from ‘The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1’ made its debut on the Heatseekers Albums chart at number 6. The song got the group their first win SBS MTV’s ‘The Show’, and made many people shocked by the song.
After this BTS started getting break down the records of music through their songs they didn’t stop, 2018 they released IDOL Love Yourself: ANSWER this is a history-making piece. The song’s use of Korean traditional instruments and singing technique, as well as the traditional visuals in the music video, point to BTS’s roots.