(UPDATE; KOREAN PRESS COVERAGE) OFFICIAL BBMA THREAD, CONGRATULATIONS BTS!

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    Girl the press coverage and articles keep coming up left right and center, spring day and BST are rising on the charts.
    so to answer your question........
     
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    I can only be a proud army right now
     
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    yup, its only normal :yesr:
     
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    BBMA Winners BTS: 5 Things You Should Know About the K-Pop Sensations
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    BBMA Winners BTS: 5 Things You Should Know About the K-Pop Sensations
    Boy band beat out Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Shawn Medes for Top Social Artist

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    Get to know Billboard Music Awards winners BTS, a K-pop boy band with an enormous social-media following. Ethan Miller/Getty



    At Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, the nominees for Top Social Artist included four names that needed no introduction: Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendes. But none of them walked home with the statue – instead, K-pop boy band BTS humbly and excitedly accepted the award. The Korean septet made up of Rap Monster, Jimin, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, V and Jungkook made their American red-carpet debut last night, but their BBMAs win was hardly their first major achievement. Get to know the social-media sensations and why they're the international pop act to watch.

    1. BTS write and produce socially conscious K-pop.

    One look at Psy is proof enough that K-pop acts tend to focus on crafting crazy-catchy tracks with an eye toward the Western mainstream, but BTS (an acronym for the Korean term "Bangtan Songyeondan" or "bulletproof boy scouts" in English) stand out as an anomaly among their peers. While other K-pop acts focus on songs about heartbreak and partying, BTS have connected with audiences by touching on topics such as mental health (2015 album track "Whalien 52" tackles loneliness), politics (see member Rap Monster's collaboration with Wale titled "Change") and even female empowerment ("21st Century Girl" has been performed on Korean television). All the while, the members have writing credits on nearly all their songs and are taking on more production roles with later releases – also a rarity in K-pop. The 2016 single "Save Me" has members Rap Monster, Suga and J-Hope all credited as lyricists and producers.



    2. They've sold out U.S. arenas.
    Prior to this year, BTS had played small theaters on two different American tours, but their 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour saw the band selling out arenas stateside. The tour was originally only set to include three U.S. shows at Newark's Prudential Center, Chicago's Allstate Arena and Anaheim's Honda Center, but after tickets sold out within minutes, two more dates were added in Newark and Anaheim.

    3. BTS are monster sellers around the world.
    While BTS are a commercial behemoth in their native South Korea, with their 2016 album Wings being Korea's best-selling album of the year, their sales are strong even in territories where fans don't speak their language. In its first week, Wings moved 16,000 copies and charting at Number 26 on the Billboard 200, making it the highest-charting, best-selling K-pop album in America to date. The LP also debuted at Number 62 on the U.K. Albums Chart, and the recently released Japanese version of their Blood Sweat & Tears album topped the Japan Hot 100 chart with more than 200,000 copies sold.

    4. The odds were stacked against them.
    BTS were birthed in 2013 from BigHit Entertainment, a relatively small Korean record label and management agency that was mostly unknown until BTS broke out in 2015 with "I Need U," their first Top 10 hit in their country. K-pop acts with some stateside success – like Psy, CL, Wonder Girls, BIGBANG and Girls' Generation – all come from huge agencies like SM Entertainment, YG Entertainment and JYP Entertainment that have years' worth of successful acts under their belts.


    5. Their social media following is no joke.
    Unusually, no member of BTS has an individual social-media account, but the strategy has led to huge numbers for their group accounts on Twitter (where 5.9 million followers currently see the members posting personal messages, selfies and playlists), Facebook (4.3 million), YouTube (3.9 million), Instagram (3.6 million), plus an additional 5 million on Korea's popular V app where artists hold live-streaming broadcasts during which fans anywhere in the world can chat with the group. Their success on social media has seen them spend 31 weeks, so far, at Number One on Billboard's Social 50 chart, a global ranking of the most popular artists across online platforms, a feat that surely paved the way for last night's win.

     
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    Fucking rolling stone wrote about them I'm living
     
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    I'm screaming!!
    The article is so well written, hold me
    :waterr::waterr:
     
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    Thanks. Now there are too many to mention.
    I had to mention Rolling stone because its a big deal.
    I'm hyped for the Korean articles. I can't wait till they go back home and get the proper press coverage and interviews.
     
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    Me too!!! We can finally move out from nugudom!
    :cryingk:
    Honestly, i'll probably be busy for the rest of the year trying to catch up with all the different articles, interviews, news segments, fancams, pictures etc. that were released about BTS at the BBMAs... They are just getting SO much media coverage and recognition... So proud of BTS, so proud of ARMY!

    I'm currently watching fancams of the event, so good to see them have fun and enjoy it all! *sniff*
     
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    Me too!! I'm still catching up. After the award night I stayed up until midnight to catch up on what I missed. And there are still more!!
     
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    Gosh I love this guy! He's my new hero lol


    He seems really nice and like he was trying to make them feel comfortable despite the language barrier.

    Also, greatly looking forward to this domestic af vlive:
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    bts has kept me so well fed this spring
     
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    wait WHAT?!!!! THAT VLIVE LOOKS INTERESTING
    DAMN THESE BOYS ARE GOING TO KILL ME
     
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    BTS on the news on Las Vegas local TV station
     
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    Did you watch it?! It was good I had such a good laugh. Like...it was good.
     
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    lolol I did. it was so good.
    Highlight was Jungkook's 'adhesive strength' sweet glazed potatoes
    :teeheek:
     
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    I laughed so f***n hard you have no idea how badly I was scolded for being too loud. Lmao.
     
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    Me too. I thought I was going to either pass out from lack of oxygen or from the stomach pain I had from laughing so hard. It was fucking amazing.
     
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    @GoldenIdun another interesting read. spoke the truth tbh, even with all the achievements people will still underestimate BTS and want to bring them down because of the 'idol' title but I'm glad the positives outweigh the negative, the tides are slowly turning for BTS in Korea, slowly but surely.
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    [Article] 170523 [BTS's Billboard Occupation①] BTS who convinced the US, they could be a very underestimated idol in Korea

    "There might be people who feel hostile towards us even now but I believe that's something we have to bear. I think this will depend on how well we do and if we can show them good results so I want to continue producing good results."
    This is BTS's (Rap Monster, Suga, Jin, J Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook) aspiration revealed during the interview with Newsen after the release of their second full album "WINGS" last October and in just 7 months, they have set another new record that will remain in the history of K POP and proved their aspect as the "growing idol". This is an achievement that surprised the fans around the world and the officials in the industry regardless to one liking or disliking the group.

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    BTS won the "Top Social Artist" award at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards held on May 21st at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, US. They are the second singer after PSY (who won the Top Streaming song, Video award four years ago) to win an award at the "BBMA", the awards ceremony that is known to be strict on Korean singers and BTS is the first KPOP group to win an award.

    This category chooses the winner by adding up the digital song and album sales volume, streaming, number of times the song/s was/were played on the radio, no. of shows and social participation index, etc collected during a year period and the global fan votes which began on May 1st. After ranking #1 on "Social 50" last October 29th, BTS topped the chart 24 times, surpassing Justin Beiber who owns a strong local fandom and surpassed Justin Bieber once more with an overwhelming number of votes, introducing KPOP to a greater number of people. Nominees for the category included other global stars like Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande which makes their winning more unrealistic.
    When the Korean medias were informed that a Korean singer had won an award at a prestigious US music awards ceremony, they scrambled to report the news. Perhaps, this could be the moment when the group's receiving the hottest spotlight since their debut in Korea. They not only achieved the highest ranking (#26) among KPOP artists on one of Billboard's main chart, "Billboard 200", they set an unprecedented record in KPOP history by entering the chart with 4 consecutive albums. BTS also has gained meaningful results like entering the TOP 10 in US iTunes' main single chart "Top SONGS", and entering the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart at #15. Since then, major local media like The New York Times reported BTS's US tour back in March and other major foreign media like Times and People Magazine, CNN, BBC, Nikkan Sports made reports on BTS winning the Billboard award, even more in detail compared to the Korean media.

    Hitmaker Bang Sihyuk producer who previously worked in JYP Entertainment established Bighit Entertainment company in 2013 and created the 7 member idol group with the message to defend against bullets "bulletproof" and the members' average age was 19.7 during their debut which made them "Boy Scouts". The group began their promotion with the group name "Bulletproof Boy Scouts" that expressed their intention to protect themselves from the prejudice and suppression of the world. However, it's true that their unique group name created a stereotype that had nothing to do with their music, thus not giving them the freedom.

    Nonetheless, they continued to make their own BTS style music just like their group name and proceeded to construct their own world. The members were fully aware of the prejudice the public had against them that had nothing to do with their talent and they humbly accepted this fact and without fearing this, they ran forward with the determination to break this stereotype with good music. Their "School trilogy", the two-part "HYYH" series and the "WINGS" series that released last October and February embraced and comforted the pains felt by youths in same age group living in this generation and aroused sympathy by boldly pointing out the irrationalities of this world at times.

    If you asked, "Why did it have to be BTS?" we could provide you with answer like they have heartwarming visuals, ability to communicate with global fans, intense performance, and various other answers but in the end, we evaluated that BTS's performance surely contrasts from a few other groups who offer the typical love songs or showy self-boasting raps. Although they don't have an official English version album released in the US, the message that transcended language and the genre loved by the locals could be the reasons why BTS could convince the US listeners.

    Even during the moment when they are congratulated by fans around the world for winning the Billboard award, people who underestimate or feel they're not used to BTS's music and stage will still exist. Although it's meaningless to differentiate idols and artists today, some might be desperately struggling to bring down BTS's achievements only with the title "idol group". However, just like how the members have said for the last 4 years, the members will believe that it's their duty to slowly convince them. All we have to look forward now is how much higher can they fly by shattering the prejudice some still hold against them with their upgraded music.

     

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