BTS to define a decade
It’s been months since the last BTS comeback, but that has not stopped the group from making history and solidifying themselves as the global supergroup.
It’s 2020. A decade has come and gone, and with it, we have seen the rise of the top music group in the world, BTS. Bangtan Sonyeondan, a Korean boy group, began, in the 2010s, as a small, somewhat unknown group, and as the years progressed, they fast became the most talked about group in the world.
This should not be a surprise though. With the training, effort, talent, time and energy that BTS members put into their craft, they have produced true masterpieces that have been enjoyed by millions of fans around the world.
Their performances live up to their well-produced music. From perfect choreography to attention-grabbing, dynamic energy on stage, BTS has truly mastered all the spheres of performance and musicality.
What should also be noted, is that their music is often produced by themselves, or close producers at BigHit Entertainment, and members such as their leader, RM (Kim Namjoon), tend to write the lyrics.
However, that does not stop the members from expressing their own individual musical talents. Each member, by now, has released their own solo artwork on platforms such as Soundcloud, which are enjoyed by their fandom, ARMY.
Perhaps their music talent(s) are the tip of the ice berg for why they are loved and praised so much on social media and in the music community. Their personalities are phenomenal and some would argue to be ‘unexpected’ given their fame. BTS members are resoundingly humble, caring and conscientious.
ARMYs are blessed to have access to content such as Run BTS!, Bon Voyage and occasionally live recordings of BTS conversing with them. In the last year, BigHit released a social app called Weverse, where BTS members often comment and engage with ARMYs, showing their ongoing affection and care for their fandom.
Notably, the message in BTS’s music is empowering, uplifting and thought provoking. Whilst many of their lead singles have been regarded as “catchy” and “dance bops” that can be enjoyed by the entire populace, one has to read/translate the lyrics and understand the meanings which subsequently results in more appreciation for the songs.
Their songs have tackled a number of issues relating to mental health, oppressive systems, being in the limelight, knowing your identity, and loving yourself. These songs, and their meanings, have been handled with care, and you can see that they have been written, performed and produced with genuine feelings and intellect.
The top media houses in the USA, UK and around the world, have been following and reporting on BTS’s activity for quite some time now. Although there have been problematic ‘critics’ and alleged ‘comedians’ attempting to make a mockery of BTS, they have remained unbothered, and consequently have broken barriers that have not been touched before.
Despite only releasing one EP in 2019 titled “Map of the Soul: Persona” the 7-track EP went on to win numerous album awards, as well as awards for the lead single “Boy with Luv”. Their tour, Love Yourself: Speak Yourself, was a top-selling, highly attended set of concerts, which made BTS one of the most demanded artists worldwide!
It is no surprise that BTS was requested to perform at New Years Rocking Eve in Times Square, New York, and I believe it was a significant moment to end off 2019 and begin 2020. BTS has risen to the top of their game, the music industry, and they have only just begun.
It is clear that the 2020s are going to be a decade defined by BTS’s musicality and their message to heal the world and make society a better place.