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BTS (Band)
BTS Love Yourself Her V Version
Background Information
Also Known as Bangtan Boys
Bulletproof Boy Scouts
Beyond The Scene
Bangtan Sonyeondan
Hangul 방탄소년단
Hanja 防彈少年團
Kanji 防弾少年団
Hiragana ぼうだんしょうねんだん
Transcriptions Bangtan Sonyeondan, Pangt'an SonyǒndanKR
Bōdan Shōnendan, Bôdan SyônendanJP
Origin Seoul, Korea
Genres K-Pop, Hip hop, Pop, [1], R&B, EDM
Years active 2013-present
Labels Big Hit Entertainment, Pony Canyon, Def Jam Japan[2]
Members Jin


BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment. Their name in Korean, Bangtan Sonyeondan (Hangul: 방탄소년단; Hanja: 防彈少年團), and Japanese, Bōdan Shōnendan (防弾少年団?), both translate to Bulletproof Boy Scouts, which implies that they are going to protect youth from discrimination and suppression in the world. However, on July 6, 2017, BigHit confirmed the English translation was now "Beyond The Scene".  They debuted on June 13, 2013, with the song "No More Dream" from their first album, 2 Cool 4 Skool, for which they 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 their subsequent albums "Dark & Wild", The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 and Wings.



BTS' first members were recruited through Big Hit's "Hit it" auditions in 2010 and 2011. The original lineup went through several changes before the final group of members was established in 2012. Half a year prior to debut, the members began building their name and creating a relationship with fans through Twitter, video blogs, fancafe posts, and by releasing various song covers via YouTube and SoundCloud. Before debuting in 2013, RM was already performing as an underground rapper and had released several tracks informally, including a collaboration with Zico. Jin had been a student at Konkuk University, majoring in acting, before being streetcast for auditions, while Suga was an underground rapper in Daegu. J-Hope, who was part of a street dance team named NEURON, was active in the underground dancing scene, participating in various battles and competitions. Before joining Big Hit, Jimin entered Busan High School of Arts as the top student in modern dance, but later transferred to Korea Arts High School with V, who auditioned in Daegu. Jungkook was cast by multiple agencies after leaving auditions for Superstar K, but eventually chose Big Hit after seeing Rap Monster's rap.


  • RM, born Kim Nam-joon (김남준, September 12, 1994 (age 23)) – leader, main rapper
  • Jin (진), born Kim Seok-jin (김석진, December 4, 1992 (age 25)) – vocalist, visual
  • Suga (슈가), born Min Yoon-gi (민윤기, March 9, 1993 (age 24)) – lead rapper
  • J-Hope (제이홉), born Jung Ho-seok (정호석, February 18, 1994 (age 23)) – main dancer, rapper, sub-vocalist
  • Jimin (지민) Park Ji-min (박지민, born October 13, 1995 (age 22)) – lead dancer, lead vocalist
  • V (뷔) born Kim Tae-hyung (김태형, December 30, 1995 (age 22)) – vocalist
  • Jungkook (정국), born Jeon Jung-kook (전정국, September 1, 1997 (age 20)) – lead dancer, main vocalist, rapper, maknae


In October 2015, it was announced that BTS would be the new brand ambassador for sports brand Puma. In 2016, the group were met with a series of endorsements, including being selected as the face of SK Telecom, 'BBQ Chicken', and 'Smart Uniform'. Nexon also announced that they would be releasing character avatars based on the members for their RPG game, Elsword. That year, they topped the 'Boy Group Brand Power Ranking', published by the Korean Corporate Reputation Research every month to highlight the "marketability of male groups in the Korean commercial advertisement industry", for 9 out of 12 months.



Studio albums

Mini albums

Compilation albums

Single albums

Digital singles


Studio albums

Compilation albums




Year Name Channel Members Notes
2014 Rookie King: Channel Bangtan SBS MTV All members BTS-based reality show, Episode 1–8
American Hustle Life Mnet BTS-based reality show, Episode 1–8
BTS Countdown Special

Variety shows online

Year Name Channel Members Notes
2014 BTS GO! Mnet America All members BTS-based reality show, Episode 7
2015 BTS Bokbulbok V Live Episode 1–5
2015–present Run BTS! Episode 1–38
2015–2017 BTS Gayo Episode 1–15
2016 BTS: Bon Voyage a 10-day trip around North Europe celebrating their 3rd year, Episode 1–8
2017 BTS: Bon Voyage Season 2 a 9-day travel in Hawaii, Episode 1–8

Guests on variety shows

Year Name Channel Members Notes
2013 After School Club Arirang TV All members Episode 24
2014 Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC All members except Suga Championship VIII
After School Club Arirang TV All members Episode 46
Beatles Code Mnet Episode 15
Weekly Idol MBC Every1 Episode 144
4 Things Show Mnet Episode 3
Global Request Show: A Song For You 3 KBS2 Episode 12
After School Club Arirang TV Episode 95
2015 Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC Championship IX
After School Club Arirang TV Episode 158
Picnic Live Sound Landscape MBC Music Episode 67
Weekly Idol MBC Every1 Episode 203
YamanTV Mnet Episode 23–24
Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC Championship X
Weekly Idol MBC Every1 Episode 229
After School Club Arirang TV Episode 191
2016 Open Concert KBS1 Episode 1066
The Boss is Watching SBS Special
Open Concert KBS1 Episode 1099
Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC Championship XI
Running Man SBS Episode 300
Idol Star Athletics Championships MBC Championship XII
Star Show 360 MBC Every1 Episode 8
Open Concert KBS1 Episode 1127
2017 Idol Star Athletic Championship MBC Championship XIII
New Yang Nam Show Mnet Episode 1
Idol Party TV Joseon Episode 11
Knowing Bros JTBC Episode 94
Open Concert KBS1 Episode 1172
2018 Good Insight with Bang Si-hyuk Special

Guests in foreign shows

Year Name Channel Members Notes
2016 Buzz Rhythm NTV All members Japanese music show
2017 Sukkiri Japanese morning program
Mezamashi TV Fuji TV Japanese news magazine show
2017 Billboard Music Awards FOX American award show
Yoshimoto Shinkigeki MBS Japanese comedy show
KTLA 5 Morning News KTLA American morning news
2017 American Music Awards ABC American award show
The Ellen DeGeneres Show NBC American talk show (Ep.2315)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! ABC American talk show
The Late Late Show with James Corden CBS American talk show (Ep.416)
Music Station Super Live TV Asahi Japanese music show (12.22 Episode)
Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2018 ABC Annual television special



  • Their fan club name is A.R.M.Y, which means Adorable Representative M.C for Youth.
  • BTS was nominated for the Billboard Music Awards for the Top Social Artist going against singers: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes.
    • BTS won the Top Social Artist award at the BBMAs (Billboard Music Awards).
  • Their label for the Japanese albums used to be Pony Canyon. The current one is Def Jam Records, where there are Western singers signed.
  • They have 3 sets of emoticons on the app KakaoTalk, 2 sets with emoticons on the V App, and 13 Snow 'lens', 9 of them being with the boys during Blood Sweat & Tears promotions.
  • They released a Taiwan special edition, of the album Dark & Wild, with a bonus song, Boy in Luv (Chinese version)
  • Supreme Boi and Iron are two of the former members who wanted to join BTS.
  • They went to a baseball match recently representing the team Tigers.
  • Every year, in the month June, (the month BTS debuted) there is a festival called the "BTS Festa" when they release hidden images, covers of songs and loads more.
  • On July 6, 2017 they changed their English translation to "Beyond The Scene" and changed their logo. Also they gave A.R.M.Y (their fandom) a logo, which looks opposite to theirs.
  • On August 13, 2017, they won their first Teen Choice Award for Choice International Artist.
  • On November 3, 2017, it was announced that they will perform at the American Music Awards of 2017 (AMA 2017).
  • BTS will drop a remix of "Mic Drop" featuring Steve Aoki and Desiigner in November 2017!

Official Links




To view the BTS gallery, click here.


  1. Electronica, RockGlasby, Taylor (December 13, 2016). "The 20 best K-Pop tracks of the year". Dazed. Archived from the original on December 21, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2017. ... seven-piece BTS have been cranking out close-to-the-bone lyrics and impressively melding hip hop, pop, electronica, and rock.
  2. "シングル「血、汗、涙」を5月10日にリリース!". BTS Universal Music Japan Page. Universal Music LLC, Japan. March 23, 2017.