People who don’t speak Korean might not understand the lyrics sung by BTS, an male K-pop group, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming obsessed with the music. BTS is the perfect example of an idol group making it big in the west. Their major social media following and their amazing talent got them a lot of attention in the western world. Not only are they selling out stadiums but they are also invited to some of the biggest talk shows in the world. BTS was the No. 1 most tweeted about musical group in the U.S. in 2017, according to data from Twitter, topping Justin Bieber, Rihanna and Nicki Minaj. When the group arrived in the U.S. to perform at the 2017 American Music Awards, Ellen Degeneres described the scene in Los Angeles “like the Beatles were here.”
But the group’s fame did not come overnight. The group got its start in 2010, when RM first met Bang Si Hyuk, the group’s executive producer and CEO of BigHit Entertainment, based in Seoul. BigHit Entertainment held auditions for the other members over two years, and the group debuted in 2013 as Bangtan Sonyeondan, which means Bulletproof Boy Scouts, with their album “2 Cool 4 Skool.” At that time, the members were living in a small apartment and sleeping in one room. Since BTS debuted under a small company chances of the group rising to fame were pretty small. BTS caught the attention of a lot of people by making songs about struggles young people face in life. The subjects are about various things such as mental health and injustice in the world. Their sincerity plays a huge part in their succes and not to forget their amazing talent for singing,dancing, rapping and producing music.