BTS: a Musical Sensation

Allie Hagley, Reporter

BTS, a group that debuted seven years ago in Seoul, South Korea, on June 13, 2013, the band is made up of seven members by the names of Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Min Yoongi, Jung Hoseok, Park Jimin, Kim Taehyung and Jeon Jungkook. In just a few years, this group has climbed their way up the musical rankings; now, they are one of the biggest bands in the world.

On August 21, 2020, BTS released the song Dynamite, a song that has blown the world away. It broke the Guinness World record for the most views in 24 hours on YouTube with an astonishing 101.1 million views. Dynamite was also No 1. on Billboard’s Top 100 for a total of 10 weeks, making BTS the first group to reach double digits in the number of weeks a group’s song was in No 1. in the Top 100.

BTS has broken many other records too. Such as being the first K-Pop artist to reach No 1. on US album charts, being No 1. on iTunes charts in most countries and more. Although Dynamite has gained a lot of attention for being such a hit for the group, BTS has made many other outstanding songs before. The band has made several songs with deep meanings that other American artists don’t talk about, topics like self-love, school troubles, loneliness and much more.

Just because they speak another language, many people instantly decide that they don’t like their music. Now ask yourself this, those same people listen to Spanish songs, and they don’t understand what they’re saying, yet they love it; how does that make sense? Just because of a language barrier, people judge things that they don’t understand. One post on Facebook confronts this problem well.

Here is a link to the post: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=3217801888301400&id=100002148623108#_=_

If you ever get some extra free time or want to listen to some music, search up BTS and check out some of their songs. There are a few English covers if you would like to understand what they are saying if you don’t feel like using subtitles. Their music videos are pretty epic too, so that should be another reason to check them out. Just give them a try, and who knows, you might have found your new favorite band.