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  1. "Do you know what Korean people call the judiciary now? Korean people call it the Bulletproof Judges. If Bulletproof Boy Scouts (BTS) hear this, they will feel very uncomfortable." This remark was made by a member of the National Assembly at a parliamentary audit session on October 10 in South Korea. The comment shows that BTS, a popular South Korean boy band, has now become a celebrity among celebrities, everywhere in South Korean society. In fact, BTS’s popularity has gone beyond South Korea, into Asia, beyond Asia, into Europe and the Americas, and into the United Nations, attracting the attention of global media. It is not only BTS that is prompting the world to pay attention to South Korea. In the smartphone industry, the Samsung Galaxy played an early role as a hero. Samsung is also frequently mentioned in the political circles of South Korea, and there is no doubt that BTS and Samsung significantly contribute to South Korea’s national brand and economy. Living in Singapore, I used to thank myself for the fact that South Korea exported BTS and Samsung globally. Because of these two heroes, I feel that South Korea’s status has risen considerably. Nevertheless, BTS is serving a purpose that the Samsung Galaxy has not. Above all, BTS has had a great influence on the molding of consciousness among youth around the world. Beyond merely singing and dancing, they are preaching their lyrics as global messages to the world. The seven-minute speech they delivered at the UN headquarters in New York on September 24 was a self-reflective and touching discourse to encourage youth to adopt a positive lifestyle. At one time, South Korea’s Psy attracted worldwide attention with “Gangnam Style,” but that was a craze that focused mainly on dance and performance. Therefore, for the youth who worship BTS’s remarks and thoughts, it is likely that BTS will be a positive role model. BTS has boosted interest in the Korean language, which is something that Psy and Samsung’s Galaxy have not done. In recent years, the number of students who try to talk to me in Korean has increased sharply. They said they learned Korean by watching BTS music videos. The phenomenon of youth learning Korean from BTS music videos is an amazing development that I have not seen before. Learning a country’s language puts a person one step closer to that nation’s history, culture and society. As we are witnessing, BTS is changing the minds and consciousness of youth around the world in a positive direction, through self-reflective and uplifting messages. In addition, they have made a tremendous contribution to the globalization of the Korean language and have accomplished many feats that South Korea has not been able to achieve with its national administration power. With the title “Next Generation Leaders,” they now have a tremendous influence over the country, as they are cover models for Time magazinein October. Therefore, BTS can be a lesson for other Asian countries seeking to improve their brand and value beyond short-term economic gains through manufacturing. This is a meaningful example of the country’s soft power being promoted by private sector efforts. Young people around the world are more likely to listen to BTS’s messages and share them with their friends in social media than to the upbringing of their parents or to the life advice I deliver in the classroom or to any enlightened message that the state conveys to the public. BTS have recently confirmed that they will be touring Singapore in January. I am curious about what messages they will send to Singapore’s youth, including my students. © JAYDEN KIM
  2. PARIS, Oct. 14 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in received possibly the most enthusiastic welcome he has ever enjoyed from a foreign population Sunday when he hosted a cultural event to mark his trip to France that offered a rare performance by famous South Korean boy group BTS. Some 400 French officials and fans hailed both Moon and BTS in the event held in the heart of Paris to celebrate Moon's four-day state visit that began Saturday. The special appearance of BTS came about a week before the septet was set to stage its own concert in France on Friday as part of its ongoing world tour that will also take the band to the Netherlands, Germany and Japan. "The South Korea-France friendship concert was designed to help further expand cultural exchanges between South Korea and France on the occasion of President Moon's trip to France and to create a friendly environment between the two countries," Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said earlier. The nearly two-hour concert also consisted of performances by other Korean artists. Those invited to the event included some 100 fans of "hallyu," or the global boom of Korean pop culture. Moon is scheduled to hold a bilateral summit with French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday. He will head to Italy the next day to make an official visit to Rome and the Vatican. The South Korean leader is currently on a four-nation tour that will also take him to Belgium and Denmark. cr -------------------
  3. [teens stories] BTS WHO ARE IN A CONTROVERSY IN JAPAN RIGHT NOW "National Liberation Day" The Japanese are going crazy because of the picture of the atomic bomb and the picture of National Liberation Dayㅋㅋㅋ post response: [+3,794][-49] original post: here ㅇㅇ |2018.10.14 00:44 [+1099, -18] Bangtan are so refreshing. I will seriously join the fandomㅋㅋㅋ to be honest, didn't they cancel that collab with the right-wing too? ㅇㅇ |2018.10.14 00:25 [+914, -5] they also got cursed for wearing Marymond (T/N: clothing brand to support comfort women) and for donating to the comfort women. Unbelievable ㅇㅇ |2018.10.14 00:43 [+782, -10] Yah, I'm seriously joining the fandom. ㅇㅇ |2018.10.14 01:00 [+461, -0] Bashing the Japanese= the right thing to do dd |2018.10.14 01:53 [+315, -2] That's the spirit "They consistently used goods in support of female rights (Marymond, support North Korean women, etc.) and the last screenshot was from a tweet that V made during their Japanese schedule = he was wearing a shirt from Marymonde who are in support of comfort women" ㅇㅇ |2018.10.14 01:32 [+297, -1] Do you want me to tell you what's even more ridiculous? There are so many Japanese fans who hate Yoongi. The reason being that he wrote a song about Gwangju's Democratization Movement. They also hate Namjoon a lot because he wrote the poem called 'Tiger' back in middle school (T/N: a patriotic poem)... ㅇㅇ |2018.10.14 01:51 [+267, -0] Wow but Our History is such a cool brand. Seriously, they have lots of other meaningful t-shirts aside of the one Jimin wore cr
  4. RUMOR has it that BTS and Ariana Grande are going to collaborate with a song called 'You' !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Radio hosts keep mentioning that BTS will be releasing new music soon and Ariana will be dropping a new album later this year... Also, there's this account on Twitter that's a "BTS Insider" and all of things they've said came true, such as BTSxNicki (she stated that the collaboration was going to happen more than a month before ARMYs found out), TIME magazine, and etc... This will help massively with radio play since she's the most popular female singer here in the US at the moment. This song could also bit a hit in Korea since it consists of BTS (really popular) and Ariana Grande. Ariana is well-known in Korea (most followed western female artist on Melon) and she's the most popular female western artist there due to her hits 'Problem', 'Side to Side', 'Bang Bang', NTLTC, and others.
  5. Brand reputation for boy groups in the month of October revealed. Here are the list below : 1) BTS 2) Wanna One 3) EXO 4) iKON 5) NCT 6) SEVENTEEN 7) THE BOYZ 8) WINNER 9) GOT7 10) PENTAGON 11) SHINee 12) Nuest W 13) BTOB 14) Big Bang 15) SECHSKIES 16) INFINITE 17) ASTRO 18) Super Junior 19) SHINWA 20) Stray Kids 21) VIXX 22) Block B 23) B2ST 24) 2PM 25) HIGHLIGHT 26) IZ 27) VROMANCE 28) LUCENTE 29) TVXQ 30) NOIR
  6. Blackpink Wanna One BTS Bolbbalgan4 Red Velvet iKON GOT7 Momoland Apink Twice AOA Mamamoo GFRIEND Winner BTOB Infinite Chungha
  7. [enter-talk] IS THIS FOR REAL? I'M SO PISSED OFF post response: [+384][-28] original post: here ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 19:44 [+276, -14] Bangtan were supposed to be on that picture to begin with, when you see on the sides, there's a list of all the winners. Bangtan won the AMA social artist award ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 19:40 [+238, -16] It's facts that BTS were meant to be on that picture but they messed up and put NCT ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 19:51 [+236, -4] Wasn't this deliberate? White people always try to ridicule Asians saying how we all look the same ㅇㅇ |2018.10.12 01:06 [+112, -2] *Facts: We're not pissed because NCT is on that picture, we're pissed because they're doing that so that BTS isn't on that picture. Even if they decided to put Lee Moonsae instead of BTS' picture on that newspaper, we'd still be pissed (t/n: Lee Moonsae is a highly respected figure in Korean's pop music culture). They're basically giving a huge f*ck you to both fandoms, let's show them what both fandoms can do together ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 19:58 [+94, -25] Isn't BTS' fandom pissed off for a good reason...? F*ck we're the ones who won, why use their picture..? ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 20:39 [+86, -0] ?? Is this newspaper crazy? This really looks like racism, NCT got discriminated against on that morning show and BTS in Netherlands too cr
  8. BTS <Burn the Stage: the Movie> The First BTS Feature Film
  9. BigHit Entertainment released a statement to announce that BTS' Jimin will not take part in the recording for the Graham Norton Show. He has been experiencing severe muscle pain in his neck and back and has received medical attention. The company apologizes to all fans who have been eagerly waiting for his appearance in the show.
  10. he's a director. some of his work include Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby.
  11. South Korea’s culture minister put an end to the debate surrounding whether BTS members would be exempted from military service during a parliamentary audit Wednesday. “All of the BTS members say they will definitely enlist for military service,” said Do Jong-hwan who heads the country’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. His remarks came as Rep. Cho Kyung-tae of the main opposition Liberty Korea Party had asked about Do’s stance on the recent contentious issue: whether BTS members should be granted conscription exemptions on the grounds of the band’s flourishing music career. The debate was initially sparked by a lawmaker from the minor opposition Bareunmirae Party on July 25. Rep. Ha Tae-kyung suggested at a National Defense Committee meeting that outstanding achievements in the popular culture industry should qualify for exemption from mandatory military service. His argument was that topping Billboard charts should not be considered as less valuable than winning prestigious international classical music competitions, the latter of which merits military exemption according to the relevant law. Ha’s suggestion to revise the existing law, first drafted in 1973 and last updated in 2015, was likely influenced by the fact that the Korean act BTS clinched two No. 1s on the Billboard 200 albums chart in 2018 alone. As mandatory military service is a touchy subject in Korea, intense discussions have followed. There has also been backlash, with an online petition calling for the band’s disbandment filed to the Blue House on Sept. 25. “It is a shame that it is being reported as if the seven members (of BTS) are excusing themselves from military enlistment. As a matter of fact, they intend to do the exact opposite,” Do said of the matter, adding that plans to resolve complications related to conscription exemption are currently underway. “The Ministry of Defense will work with the culture and arts department head to devise a reasonable alternative solution for artists,” he added. cr
  12. Article: Male gets plastic surgery to look like BTS Jimin Source: Mydaily via Nate 1. [+981, -11] He needs to go pick a fight with his doctor 2. [+776, -6] He needs to sue his doctor, this looks so bad 3. [+658, -5] Huk.. he spent so much money and yet doesn't look like him at all.. ㅜㅜㅜ 4. [+35, -1] Probably the saddest BTS news I've heard so far 5. [+29, -1] OMG... I'm grateful for the interest but I'm speechless... 6. [+27, -0] He looks like a Sims character 7. [+26, -2] Kind of makes me feel proud that a westerner who normally makes fun of Asians got surgery to look like an Asian man 8. [+26, -2] Should've gotten the surgery in Korea ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 9. [+23, -0] He should've gotten it done here, our doctors are gods here 10. [+21, -1] He should've 'love myself' more no matter how much he loves Jimin... ㅠㅠ cr netizenbuzz
  13. They made $74M on tickets alone for their Japanese, European and US leg of the tour. Imagine how much more they rake in from just merchandise alone?! Even in Newark the merch line was ridiculous. But everything I bought were worth it! I want BTS to continue have big house, big cars and big rings~
  14. [enter-talk] BTS MADE THE COVER OF THE AMERICAN MAGAZINE 'TIME' They were chosen as the Next Generation Leaders of 2018 Here's the link to Times magazine Also, they broke a record on the Gaon charts for being the first album to sell a double million! (The album didn't include fansigns, they didn't do any promotions on SNS and didn't go on variety shows) They had a comeback after 3 months and achieved that in a month. And it's only a repackage album. They also won the Favorite Social Artist at the AMAs There are so many trolls starting up rumors about them nowadays and trying to take them down. But they are representing Korean music, Asians and k-pop and are a good influence to others. So I hope that people would just support them instead. post response: [+562][-8] original post: here ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 15:22 [+147, -1] Somehow, this picture is a good meme for the trolls ㅋㅋㅋ "are you back to your senses?" ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 14:45 [+136, -1] They purposely shot them from the bottom. They were introduced as the new Beatles ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 14:27 [+118, -0] They were added to the Korea France Friendship concert too! "President Moon Jaein, scheduled to watch BTS perform in Paris, France on the 14th" ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 16:05 [+71, -0] The sight of Armys every morning "When I open my eyes in the morning, I wonder to which kind of news I will me waking up to" ㅇㅇ |2018.10.11 17:31 [+36, -0] I'm honestly not someone who likes idols but you have to acknowledge what needs to be acknowledged. I'm seriously so proud of them. All of this that is happening to them isn't because of luck, they worked very hard and I can see how passionate they are. I'm very proud of them and I hope that they continue to grow bigger. cr
  15. The city of Seoul and Korea Local Industrial Culture Association have chosen BTS as the recipient of the Sejong Best Korean award Commemorating the 600th anniversary of King Sejong’s accession to the throne and the 572nd Hangul proclamation day, the city of Seoul and Korea Local Industrial Culture Association have selected BTS as the recipient of the Sejong Best Korean award for promoting Hangul worldwide.
  16. LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Answer' by BTS becomes the 3rd album and the 1st K-Pop group album to exceed 2M copies sold since 1998 1. #JoSungmo <For Your Soul> (1999) 2,047,152 2. #JoSungmo <Let Me Love> (2000) 2,042,096 2. #BTS <LOVE YOURSELF 轉 'Answer'> (2018) 2,001,191 Congrats!
  17. BTS will be attending Korea-France companionship concert on October 14 in Paris. President Moon is visiting Europe from the 13th till the 21st. According to The Blue House, BTS will be performing at a show titled "The Echo of Korean Musicians." -------- President Moon will be watching BTS perform at the “Korea-France Friendship Concert” on 10/14 in Paris. Acc to the Blue House, BTS will perform at the “Sound of Korean Musicians” concert w 400 important French personnel, cultural artists& students in attendance
  18. The boy band hails from Korea and achieves continued chart attention in the West It’s early on a Monday night in September at a lavish top-floor suite of the Ritz-Carlton in Los Angeles, and Jimin, one-seventh of BTS, the most popular boy band in the world, is napping upright in front of an illuminated dressing room mirror. You can’t blame him for being exhausted. Exactly 24 hours earlier, Jimin, 22; Jin, 25; Suga, 25; J-Hope, 24; RM, 24; V, 22; and Jung Kook, 21, were warming up backstage at L.A.’s Staples Center, prepping to perform their fourth and final show of a sold-out stretch at the 20,000-seat arena. Each night is a marathon of sharp dance choreography, music-video interludes and indoor pyrotechnics—all backgrounded, of course, by the roars of screaming fans. “It’s a real honor,” says J-Hope, via a translator. “We’re proud that everything we do is giving off light.” Like The Beatles and One Direction before them, BTS serves up a mania-inducing mix of heartthrob good looks and ear-worm choruses, alongside dance moves in the vein of New Kids on the Block and *NSYNC. But the band—whose name stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan in Korean and Beyond the Scene in English—is also breaking new ground. Not only is BTS the first Korean act to sell out a U.S. stadium (to say nothing of the records they’ve set across Asia), but they’ve done so without catering to Western audiences. Only one of their members, RM, speaks fluent English, and most of their songs are in Korean—even more proof that music “doesn’t have to be English to be a global phenomenon,” says Steve Aoki, a U.S. DJ who has collaborated with BTS. The group is also preternaturally adept at leveraging social media, both to promote their music and connect with their fans. But for now, at least, they may need sleep. “I’m still trying to get over my jet lag,” deadpans Suga, one of the group’s three rappers. *** Since its genesis in the ‘90s, Korean pop—or K-pop—has become synonymous with what studios call “idols”: a cadre of young, polished, perfect-seeming pop stars whose images are often rigorously controlled. (They’re often discouraged from discussing their dating lives, so as to seem available to fans.) But even as K-pop matured to a nearly $5 billion industry with fans around the world, its biggest stars—including Rain, Girls’ Generation and Big Bang—largely failed to gain traction in Western markets. The outlier was Psy, a South Korean rapper whose “Gangnam Style” became a viral hit in 2012, though his comic, outlandish persona was an unlikely (and some critics argue, problematic) herald for the genre. When BTS arrived in 2013, it was clear they would play by new rules. They were formed by Bang Si-hyuk, a K-pop renegade who left a major label to start his own enterprise. He chose young stars that appeared to have an edge, beginning with RM, who was initially a part of Korea’s underground rap scene. And although BTS has idol elements—the slick aesthetics, the sharp choreography, the fun-loving singles—they also embrace their flaws. Their first release, “No More Dream,” took on the ways Korean kids feel stymied by societal expectations; RM recorded a song with Wale that alludes to the importance of activism; Suga released a mixtape addressing his depression. “We started to tell the stories that people wanted to hear and were ready to hear, stories that other people could not or would not tell,” Suga says. “We said what other people were feeling—like pain, anxieties and worries.” They convey these messages in their music videos, loaded with metaphors and cultural references; in their social media updates; and in the lyrics of their music, which fans translate and analyze on message boards, group chats and podcasts. “That was our goal, to create this empathy that people can relate to,” Suga continues. It helps, too, that their sound is broadly appealing, fusing hip-hop with EDM and pop production. Recent collaborators include Desiigner and Nicki Minaj, who added a verse to their latest single “Idol,” whose lyrics wink at their place in the K-pop firmament. “You can call me artist, you can call me idol,” they sing. “No matter what you call me, I don’t care… you can’t stop me lovin’ myself.” RM says that mantra—love yourself—is core to BTS’ identity; it’s even incorporated into their most recent album titles. “Life has many unpredictable issues, problems, dilemmas,” says RM. “But I think the most important thing to live well is to be yourself. We’re still trying to be us.” This combination of traits has resonated with fans, especially on social media, where BTS has amassed millions of devoted followers. They call themselves ARMY, which is both an acronym for Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth and a nod to their organized power. In 2017, BTS fans made headlines for lifting the group to the top of Billboard’s Social Artist chart—which incorporates streams, social-media mentions and more—and besting the likes of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Since then, the ARMY has catapulted both of BTS’s latest albums, Love Yourself: Answer and Love Yourself: Tear, to the top of album charts in the U.S., South Korea and Japan. “Even if there is a language barrier, once the music starts, people react pretty much the same wherever we go,” says Suga. “It feels like the music really brings us together.” Adds Jimin: “We give energy to our audience members and listeners, but we also draw energy from them.” *** Back at the Ritz, a makeup artist wakes Jimin from his nap. Nearby, V sings a bar of music as his bleach-blond hair gets blown out. Jung Kook stretches his neck as a makeup artist applies concealer. RM chats with a manager. Suga slips into loafers. Jin, who goes by the fan-given moniker of “Worldwide Handsome,” lets a wardrobe assistant tie his necktie. J-Hope’s laughter filters through the door. It’s a rare moment of downtime for the boys. Over the coming weeks, they will perform another 11 sold-out shows, appear on Good Morning Americaand even help launch a youth empowerment initiative at the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, at which RM spoke about self-acceptance: “No matter who you are or where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity, speak yourself.” A schedule like this might seem daunting. But for BTS—and their ARMY—it’s an encouraging sign of what’s to come. “I’m just throwing it out there,” Suga says, “but maybe we could perform at the Super Bowl someday." cr
  19. [enter-talk] BANGTAN'S ASIA WORLD TOUR'S STAGES REVEALED 1. Taiwan 2018.12.8~9 Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium 2. Singapore 2019.1.19 Singapore National Stadium This can host ~55K peoaple 3. Hong Kong 2019.3.20~21, 23~24 Asia World Expo This was the place where they hosted MAMA..! 4. Bangkok 2019.04.06 Rajamangala National Stadium This place hosts ~50K people.. post response: [+286][-1] original post: here ㅇㅇ |2018.10.10 23:49 [+37, -0] Thank you for growing up like this ㅇㅇ |2018.10.10 22:58 [+14, -0] I'm a fan of another group but I'm proud of them as a fellow Korean ㅇㅇ |2018.10.10 09:52 [+13, -0] Of course it will be sold out!!ㅋㅋㅋㅋ ㅇㅇ |2018.10.10 23:17 [+5, -0] I became a fan of them since the I Need U era and bought the Bangtan bomb and I'm so happy when using it nowadaysㅠㅠ I want to earn money fast and go to their tours overseas. My dream is to have go on a concert tourㅠㅡ ㅇㅇ |2018.10.10 22:13 [+4, -0] Hul that drawing on the wall is so pretty.. ㅇㅇ |2018.10.10 23:54 [+3, -0] It's so impressive to think that I'm living in the same generation as Bangtan... they are the stars of this universe.. cr