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Joo Ji Hoon praises BTS for playing a vital role in Hallyu

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Actor Joo Ji Hoon expressed amazement at BTS' global achievements. 

In an interview with News1 on February 13, Joo Ji Hoon talked about Netflix's 'Kingdom,' and the spread of Korean culture. While on the topic, Joo Ji Hoon mentioned BTS and gave them high praise for what they've done for the country and how they've played a vital role in spreading Hallyu (Korean wave). 

The actor stated, "They're unbelievable. They've already received many awards but they really deserve more awards." He continued, "Korea is still not very well known to the world. They're many people who only think of China and Japan when they think of Asia but they're bringing an incredible economic effect (through Hallyu)." 

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Mkm 9 days ago 20
9 days ago

well said ^^.. hope ppl understand it from this perspective instead of saying this group did it first and bts is not the first...

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bluemoon01 9 days ago 8
9 days ago

couldn't agree more. It's sad that they're still underrated by some older kpop fans. Sometimes I wonder if they are more popular overseas (I'm not talking about ARMY). Even this website. Every post about BTS is downvoted immediately and it's not like there are tens of trashy news about them.

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Mkm 9 days ago 6
9 days ago

they r just jealous and can't accept reality.

when we say bts paved the way they get angry.. if the media themselves in korea and the US r saying that bts paved the way and nobody did it right and succeed before bts I don't know whats the problem and why they r still denying it... its not like the older gen did what bts is doing and left an impact, if so then why nobody in the media is talking about it.....

just accept it ppl :)

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fekuderi (Banned) 8 days ago 0
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blablabla2105 8 days ago 8
8 days ago

well they indeed play a vital role, but certainly not the first, just for an example, SNSD performed at David Letterman Late Show back in 2011

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darkangel452 9 days ago 1
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BTS are literally bringing 4.1 trillion wons to the Korean economy on a yearly basis. They made Big Hit part of the now "Big 4" by THEMSELVES. Powerful kings 👑

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sahiwitufa (Banned) 8 days ago 0
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Blue1 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

They deserve the admiration and praise of all!

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Mhizdarhmey 9 days ago 0
9 days ago

These are the people that knows the impact of BTS.... they see what they've done and appreciate it... Not some jealous delulu always trying to ridicule their talents and achievements..... Well BTS stays winning

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Jzee_Hamilton 8 days ago 1
8 days ago

One of the factors that attributed to BTS success is THEY DID IT DIFFERENTLY. They showed others how TO DO IT THE RIGHT WAY. And of course it also means doing it the hard way. Their success is not attained overnight but through blood, sweat and tears.


K-pop groups from the Big 3 have the advantage of receiving special treatment when promoting themselves through K-media (TV shows & news outlets). BTS on the other hand, came from a small company that lacked in financial firepower to make any impact in K-pop oligopoly-controlled domain. They even debuted by filling in ‘someone’s empty spot’ in a broadcast show which was conveyed deeply in the Sea lyrics. Realizing this, they made use of social media as platforms to promote themselves and directly communicated with fans ever since 2011 when they first created their Twitter account and YouTube channel in 2012, before their debut. BTS gained social media prowess with continuous presence and updates, something that other K-pop groups failed to capitalize during the rise of social media. They gained traction in the US when their album The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 2 entered Billboard 200 chart in 2015 and Big Hit became the second highest selling SK agency in terms of albums sales that year.


BTS socially conscious songs and highly produced MVs are not the only ingredients that appeal to existing and prospective fans. They are also infused with cultural elements and literature (Demian, Into the Magic Shop, Kafka on the Shore, The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas, The Little Prince, The Pied-Piper, etc) that formed an intriguing world known as Bangtan Universe. The aesthetics of this complex storytelling, symbolisms and deep metaphors provide continuous engagement, fascination and discoveries for fans - a rarity in other K-pop groups’ contents.


BTS is not your average boy band. They have been doing so many "the first to do/achieve/win...". As what one of the judges of Grammys equivalent Korean Music Awards Kim Youngdae mentioned after BTS won Musician of The Year in 2018 (the first idol group to win this category) - "BTS is beyond K-pop, They already arrived in a spot where we can't explain with the words Hallyu or K-pop only". We hope they will break more barriers and pave the way Bangtan style in the future.

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Nina14red 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

This was a very beautifully written comment. You throughly explained why BTS has risen to where they are and didn't have to speak negatively about other groups while doing so. BTS has honestly elevated what it means to be a kpop star. They can be songwriters and producers who tell the stories they want to be heard while mass appealing to millions. We know that kpop didn't start with them, but they certainly have opened up opportunities for others to be visible in the west through their achievements. You laid everything out so eloquently and I thank you for that.

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vop087 8 days ago 1
8 days ago

As the first Korean presenters to the most important music award in America, they rolled up to the Grammys in a Korean car wearing a Korean designer. And even the people learned some Korean to make them more comfortable. Talk about impact.

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Nina14red 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾THANK👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾YOU!!!!👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

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L7842 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

Good job. Well said Joo Ji Hoon. :) I like how he gave them praise without saying this: "BTS did this [first]..." or "BTS did that [first]..." I like it. :)

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ExoWeAreOneOT12 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

I agree for first time kpop group get forgein recognization with out trying to make english album or debut in u.s market

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Nogrammynopinion 8 days ago 1
8 days ago

The industry admits bts paved the way. And no one is impressed by druggie bang or tvxqflop because they are just so so when compared to bts. Lmao

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LadyLuna22 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

Do I really have to explain every fault in that statement or do you have a half a brain to shut up

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N00R4 8 days ago 4
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You all who say no-one ever did anything before BTS realize that without groups like BB, DBSK, SuJu etc. there would be no BTS? Half of BTS say their role models are from BB so some of you ARMYs should really appreciate those who came before. BTS is doing amazing things to SK and the kpop industry but they. are. not. doing. it. alone. They know it, why don't you?

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changminbaby 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

just like there is some fans who are saying that, there is other kpop fans who try to belittle every bts achievement and make fun of them,maybe a lot of people dont know but there is a lot of hate directed to bts,just yesterday i checked in my twitter acc and i saw hate comments ,and its not just hate comments its simply disgusting .. also why do they get pressed about any idol praising bts and they have to mention other groups everytime there is an article about bts achievements ,im not saying other groups dont have their own achievements of course they have but you know what i mean ..i guess it will be so much better if kpop fans(in general) learn to chill, its not a lie they think this is just a competition and they have to bring someone down to feel better, its like they forget this is about music and enjoying yourself, it turn toxic

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HSK 8 days ago 1
8 days ago

"without groups like BB, DBSK, SuJu etc. there would be no BTS?"

BS. K-Pop - as we know it - started with 'Seo Taiji & Boys', not 'BIGBANG', 'TVXQ'/'DBSK' or 'Super Junior'. Try again.

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N00R4 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

Included in the "etc", I didn't think I need to write them all down. I'm more of a H.O.T fan myself though.

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Nina14red 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

Of course we all know that other groups started the Hallyu wave and achieved things before BTS. Kpop didn't start with BTS. They have taken the opportunities that their senior groups created before them and blew everything wide open. BTS are merely building on an already existing foundation through their own merits and achievements.

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fefethepinay 8 days ago 3
8 days ago

No, they are litterly walking on the hallyu path that Bigbang, Super Junior, B.A.P, TVXQ, etc... created for them. If it wasn’t for them, especially Bigbang and B.A.P, no one in America would give a s*it about kpop.

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Kappei 8 days ago 1
8 days ago

No one denies senior artists paved the way. But none of them was successful to make it this big until BTS appear.

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wind_flower 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

actually many people do deny it and I agree that no one paved the way for BTS. no one made it easier for them to enter the us market and no one made a significant impact there. yes they were popular among kpop fans, had a few concerts there, won some awards somewhere but that's it, general public most likely didn't give a shit and definitely doesn't remember them anymore. and if the way was already paved, why did no other kpop group become A list celebrities in the us? especially when there were groups that had a bigger chance to than someone from a small company

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HSK 8 days ago 0
8 days ago

No shade, but B.A.P isn't that popular. Not even nowadays. And without 'Seo Taiji & Boys' - the true inventors of K-Pop - there wouldn't be 'BIGBANG', 'Super Junior', 'B.A.P', 'TVXQ' or other 2nd generation groups.

I know facts hurt, but not everything revolves around 'BIGBANG'.

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