If you’re reading this, then there’s a good chance you’re here to learn about none other than BTS. The K-POP phenomenon have taken the world by storm, breaking records, making history and winning the hearts of the world with their music as well as their activism. Whether you’re a new ARMY or just looking to update your knowledge, you’ve come to the right place. From debut to fandom jokes, here’s everything you need to know about BTS.
An Introduction To BTS
When did BTS debut?
BTS debuted June 13, 2013 with their single ‘No More Dream.’ They had their debut showcase on Melon Showcase where they performed songs from their single album 2 Kool 4 Skool.
Who are the members of BTS?
What are BTS’s real names?
BTS’s real names are:
RM: Kim Namjoon (김남준)
Jin: Kim Seokjin (김석진)
SUGA: Min Yoongi (민윤기)
j-hope: Jung Hoseok (정호석)
Jimin: Park Jimin (박지민)
V: Kim Taehyung (김태형)
Jungkook: Jeon Jungkook (전정국)
What does BTS stand for?
BTS is an acronym for their Korean name 방탄소년단 (Bangtan Sonyeondan) which means Bulletproof Boyscouts. However, the boys have since shared that they have extended the meaning in English to ‘Beyond The Scene.”
What’s the meaning behind the name ARMY?
The fandom name ARMY is actually an acronym which stands for “Adorable Representative MC for Youth.” It also has a double meaning. Since BTS’s name in Hangul translates to Bulletproof Boyscouts, ARMY also refers to the military. BTS consider themselves as the armor meaning that BTS and ARMY will always be together. The fandom name was revealed on July 9th, which also marks ARMY’s anniversary (one to keep in your purple diary!)
What are some of BTS’s most notable achievements?
Whoo, where do we start? BTS are quite the impactful history makers and there are a number of things we could share, but a select few achievements that will be sure to impress you can be found in this list below:
- 26 Guinness World Records
- First K-POP artist to be nominated for the GRAMMYs
- First Korean artist to perform at the GRAMMYs
- First Korean artist to receive RIAA platinum album certification in the US
- First Korean artist to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 chart
- Recipients of the James A. Van Fleet Award, Hwagan Order of Cultural Merit, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Commendation, and Special Presidential Envoy for Future Generations and Culture
- Artist with the most Daesang wins in history
Seriously, there’s a lot. And the list hasn’t stopped growing!
Who has BTS collaborated with?
BTS has collaborated with a number of artists as a full group, units, and as soloists. Some of the most notable collaborations include Halsey on ‘Boy With Luv,’ Steve Aoki on ‘Mic Drop (Remix),’ ‘The Truth Untold,’ and ‘Waste It On Me,’ Lauv on ‘Make It Right (single version),’ and ‘Who,’ Nicki Minaj on ‘Idol (Remix),’ Benny Blanco & Snoop Dogg on ‘Bad Decisions,’ and Megan Thee Stallion on ‘Butter (Remix).’
Who is Agust D?
Agust D is the moniker of SUGA when he releases his solo music. It’s his BTS stage name SUGA backwards plus T D for D-Town, his old hip hop crew from pre-debut (which also stands for Daegu Town, where he’s from.) At the time of writing, Agust D’s releases include his 2016 self titled mixtape and 2020 sophomore mixtape, D-2.
Who is Hobi?
Hobi is the nickname for j-hope and is perhaps the most common way that both BTS and ARMY address him! The Korean pronunciation of “hope” sounds as though it ends in a soft b (like hob) with the letter i on the end to address him. And thus, is the nickname Hobi! Which, tbh, we adore.
Who is Rap Monster?
Rap Monster is RM’s original stage name which he went under from debut until 2017, when he decided that the name no longer suited him as the artist he is today. Speaking in a statement about the change, he said: “I’ve become keenly aware of the fact that it’s become different from [what I want] to put at the front of the music I’ve made for the past five years, and the music I want to share in the future.” But to Jungkook, he’ll always be RapMon!
Who is Worldwide Handsome?
Worldwide Handsome is the nickname Jin has adopted over the years. Speaking to Vogue Korea, he explained that the nickname is a joke, saying: “plenty of people are more handsome than me. Worldwide Handsome is a joke I like to make for laughs.” You may think it’s a joke, Jin, but we’re deadly serious when we honor you with that title!
Worldwide Handsome has been a running thing for years now and is one of those inside fandom references that hasn’t died down or run its course in relevancy. Long live Worldwide Handsome!
Why is there a strong connection with the color purple to BTS?
Most K-POP groups will often have a color connected to them, almost like “official team colors,” but BTS originally didn’t have one, until one sentimental moment a few years into their career. At one of their musters, V was giving a ment in which he said: “Do you know what purple means? Purple is the last color of the rainbow. Purple means I will trust and love you for a long time, I just made it up. I wish I could see you for a long time just like the meaning of purple. We will always trust you and go up the stairs with you. You don’t need to help us all the time. You can hold our hands and follow us now. We’ll go up really high. I’ll make it nice.” Our eyes are sweating!
From this, “I purple you” was born and became a special way for BTS and ARMY to share their love for one another. Another way to say it is “borahae” which is 보라해 보 and is the same phrase in Korean. Since then, the color has been adapted in BTS’ official branding, with much of their merchandise, and branding like The BTS Meal at McDonalds and the official phone they brought out with Samsung.
What is The BTS Universe?
The BTS Universe, otherwise known as Bangtan Universe or BU, is an original story centered on a series of music videos and short films, produced by HYBE and BigHit Music, based on the members of BTS. The universe began with the The Most Beautiful Moment in Life era, and has since expanded to additional content such as short stories, books, a webtoon, as well as a story-telling app, with plans for a drama to be released as part of the franchise.
The plot was summarized in the SAVE ME webtoon: “Seven boys. Best friends. Their fates intertwined through the good times together, but also the tough times, as they have gone their separate ways and suffered greatly as a result. When all is almost lost for these boys, one is given a special chance to go back in time and help his friends fix the mistakes that led them down this path. He’ll do anything to save them, but can he? Or is he too late?”
Though it can be complex for some people to follow, many ARMY enjoy theorizing the meanings and symbolisation of the storyline that can be found throughout the content.
Who are BT21?
BT21 are a creation from a collaboration with LINE Friends. These are eight characters created by the members themselves and even have their own fandom, UNISTARS. They are Koya (created by RM), RJ (created by JIN), Shooky (created. by SUGA), Mang (created by j-hope), Chimmy (created by Jimin), Tata (created by V), Cooky (created by Jungkook), and Van (an eighth character thought to represent ARMY.) The characters’ story unfolds on YouTube, and they often have their own brand collabs, giving their creators a run for their money!
Who are TinyTan?
TinyTan are animated characters based on BTS created by BIGHIT Music. They have their own section of merch and feature in their own videos which often take on a BTS song and act as a music video. Like BT21, TinyTan also get their own brand deals. We love to see it!
What is Festa?
Festa is an annual celebration that lasts two weeks in the lead up to BTS’s anniversary. Think of this like ARMY’s Christmas! BigHit drops a graphic which includes a schedule of the two weeks which shares what we can expect every day. This can include family portraits, dance practice videos, special songs from BTS, and more.
What is Muster?
Muster is what typically comes at the end of Festa, which is essentially a special concert to celebrate BTS’s anniversary. This is where BTS “musters” ARMY for a special fan even that’s an in-person event for ARMY. Unfortunately, in recent years this has been something that couldn’t take place due to COVID, but in 2020 we had the replacement BANGBANGCON: The Live and in 2021 we had a special version of muster which had a virtual audience, titled Sowoozoo.
Connecting With BTS
Do BTS have social media?
BTS have social media accounts which include an official Twitter run by staff, a members’ Twitter used by all the members, a TikTok account, a YouTube account, a Facebook page, and a group Instagram. There is also an Instagram account for each member: RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook. These are the only official individual accounts on social media that the members have. They also post on Weverse regularly.
What BTS content should I watch to get to know them better?
Besides their official music videos, there’s lots of content you can watch. Here’s a quick guide to some of the official content you can binge:
Bangtan Bomb: These are snippets from behind the scenes of BTS’s idol lives on the YouTube channel BANGTANTV, taken from backstage performances, on set of filming, or other places they are working on something.
BTS Episode: These are longer behind the scenes vlogs which give a more “day in the life of” content that shows more of what goes on when BTS are working. This is available to watch on BANGTANTV.
Run BTS: This is BTS’s very own variety show in which the members partake in missions via challenges and games, often with the chance to win prizes or receive punishments (such as wearing a ridiculous outfit at the airport.) You can watch this on Weverse or BANGTANTV.
Bon Voyage: This is a reality show in which BTS travels abroad and engages in situations from a traveler’s point of view. There has currently been four seasons with the last one airing in 2019. There’s no confirmation as to whether we’ll get anymore seasons as COVID restrictions prevented filming in 2020 and 2021, but we’re hoping for a new season someday in the future! All four seasons are available to purchase on Weverse.
In The Soop: With COVID restrictions limiting the content they could create in 2020 and 2021, BTS went and filmed in secluded locations in the forest (or 숲 “soop” in Korean) to take some time out of their whirlwind idol lives and took ARMY with them. In The Soop has two seasons featuring BTS, and V participated in a version with his friends exclusive to Disney+. The two seasons of BTS: In The Soop are available to purchase on Weverse.
What is Weverse?
Weverse is the official fan app that is used by BTS that specializes in hosting multimedia content and artist-to-fan communications for musicians. This is the go-to place that BTS members write to fans, share photos, as well as other content including Run BTS, Bon Voyage, In The Soop, and more. There’s also official membership you can purchase through the linked Weverse Shop which includes virtual and physical goods, such as more exclusive content and membership kits, and first priority in things such as merch sales, event tickets, and more.
What is VLIVE?
VLIVE is a South Korean live video streaming service which K-POP idols use to livestream to fans. BTS members often used to livestream through the app and have created some of the most iconic moments in their history. In March 2022, VLIVE was transferred to Weverse Company and will be merging with the Weverse app.
Inside The Fandom
ARMY has been in the media for doing good, what are some things they’ve done?
ARMY are a very caring fanbase that take after BTS with philanthropy work. We’ve covered a number of projects by ARMY, but that’s not even the tip of the iceberg. Some highlights of their charitable efforts include:
- Matching the $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter that BTS made in 2020
- Building a classroom in the Philippines
- Creating community food pantries
- Donating meals to local food charities around the world during the McDonalds BTS Meal promotions
- Running a blood bank in South Korea
These are really just a minuscule amount of the thousands of projects ARMY around the world have hosted in BTS’s name.
What are some ARMY jokes I should know?
Since BTS have been around for almost 10 years, there’s a ton of fandom jokes. Some are felt as overused, but some are still a classic. However, we think as a new ARMY, you should be allowed to be in on the joke regardless how old it is, so we’re going to break down some of the most well-known fandom jokes to get you up to speed.
Lachimolala: Sometimes spelt lachibolala, this is from episode 41 of RUN BTS where the members did the whisper challenge, that includes wearing ear defenders and trying to pass a message to each other. When trying to pass on the word “carbonara,” Jimin was really struggling to understand what j-hope was trying to say, and ended up hearing “lachimolala.” The whole thing has been a running joke with both ARMY and BTS for years and is still referenced to this day.
Rrrrap Monster: A joke that’s very much still alive is one that Jungkook refuses to let die – “Rrrrap Monster!” The joke comes from an old video where an elderly man is approached by an interviewer asking him if he knows who these seven men are. The man enthusiastically replied in Korean saying “aren’t they BTS? BTS! Jin, V, Jungkook, Jimin, SUGA, Rrrrap Monster, j-hope.” Rolling his r on saying RM’s name. Years later, it seems as though the video eventually made it to BTS themselves and Jungkook has seemed to taken a particular shine to the video, as he will do everything he can to yell “Rrrrap Monster!” at any convenience. It’s become such an iconic gag, that in the game BTS Island: In The Seom, an interaction with RM and Jungkook includes him yelling “Rrrrap Monster!” in tiny.
“I know her face, but I don’t know her name”: This is from an interview with Access Hollywood back in 2017 where Jungkook was asked to name his Hollywood crush, to which he replied: “I know her face, but I don’t know her name.” The interviewer then proceeded to ask him to name the movie she was in, to which he replied: “I know movie, but I don’t know movie name.” Honestly, JK, we absolutely relate.
“You know BTS?”: This is a phrase that Jin tends to use on a regular basis. He often asks the question when he’s out and about filming things such as reality shows. This includes but not limited to asking a passing boat, a bartender in Malta, a cashier, and even random tourists. No PR team will ever do a more outstanding job of promoting their artist than Jin does promoting BTS.
“Important Business”: When filming Bon Voyage in the earlier seasons, BTS were slowly starting to get recognized abroad, and sometimes would be interrupted while filming the show. They’d be happy enough to have a quick chat, but when it came to asking for a photo, they weren’t supposed to share their location, so j-hope quickly came up with saying “sorry, important business,” as a way to communicate that they were busy working and weren’t allowed to do so. RM aside, the other members weren’t as advanced in their English as they are now so it was the best way to communicate with them. It became so well known in a later show, when an ARMY met them abroad, she asked “important business?” letting him know she knew what it meant but also still respecting them. If only it were that easy for us to get out of any situation, huh?
Team Kim Seokjin: Another ongoing joke when it comes to Run BTS is when it comes to team names. Often there’ll be a chance to split into teams and give each one a name. Normally the team Jin ends up on will be named Team Kim Seokjin as a joke, but as time went on and Team Seokjin kept winning, It quickly dawned on the opposing team to take Team Kim Seokjin first. Luck seems to be with the members of Team Kim Seokjin!
‘Save Me’ dance: During the music video for ‘Save Me,’ there’s a particular move by Jimin which the other members have always found pretty funny. If you ever watch a BTS performance of the song, there’s often a chance you’ll see the members repeatedly doing this particular move. It’s been an ongoing thing for years and it’s always fun for ARMY to keep an eye out for them clowning Jimin.
The dumpling incident: If you’ve ever heard to BTS refer to dumplings, the chances are it’s about the famous falling out between V and Jimin. The story goes that in between filming of his K-Drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth, V made it to a BTS practice and was really hungry, and wanted to eat some dumplings. Jimin however insisted he eats after practice and well, best friends being best friends, the two fell out before later making up. The group now find the whole thing hilarious now, and the pair even referenced it in their duet ‘Friends.’
Now you’re equipped with the basic knowledge, go out there and have fun making memories as BTS ARMY! Borahae!
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