The BTS Story: Journey From Nothing To Everything

BTS is a true example of dedication. They used to distribute their concert pamphlets themselves and ask people to come see them perform for free. They even promote the message of ‘Love Yourself’. They started the ‘Love Yourself’ campaign with UNICEF (United Nations).

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BTS, also known as Bangtan Seonyeondan, on June 12th 2013, made their debut with their lead single “No More Dream” from their album “2 Cool 4 Skool”.

BTS was under The Big Hit Entertainments, now HYBE, then known as the underdog company of South Korea.

Bang Si-Hyuk, South Korean music producer, composer, record executive, and also the founder and CEO of Big Hit Entertainments is the main reason behind the debut of BTS.

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BTS Debut "No More Dream"

Life of BTS’s Members Before Joining Big Hit Entertainment

Even though BTS is the most famous k-pop band in today’s world, it was not always this easy for them.

Before starting their career with Big Hit Entertainments, now Hybe, all of them had a hard life.

None of them was rich. They all came from middle-class and poor families.

Suga did multiple part-time jobs. He used to sell his music at a very cheap price, just so he could afford a meal.

Sometimes, he was left with so little money that he had to decide whether to buy food or take the bus to pursue his passion for music.

Suga was also a victim who got in a hit-and-run accident when he was delivering as part of his part-time job, which seriously damaged his shoulder.

Out of fear, Suga never told anyone until recently in their documentary series 'Burn the Stage', as he was scared that he would be kicked out from the group since the K-Pop industry is known for its strict standards for its trainees.

Also, Suga’s parents were against his dream which made him work harder and under physical and emotional pressure just to prove himself.

From an underground rapper to becoming Suga and Agust-D, his journey is truly inspiring.

V came from a family of farmers. His dream was to become a saxophonist, but his family never had much money.

Still, V’s parents constantly supported him through thick and thin.

He went to Big Hit auditions to support his friend but auditioned when the staff encouraged him.

J-Hope was a street dancer and wasn't originally a rapper but instead of focusing on his talent of dance, he was constantly judged for his looks.

From being a dancer to an incredible rapper, writer, and producer, he has defeated all odds.

Jin was scouted for his looks right from the street by multiple companies yet he chose BigHit, now Hybe.

Originally an acting student, Jin learned singing and dancing from scratch.

Now, he is the most praised vocalist in BTS, his voice stands out the most, and is by multiple high profile music critiques as a 'Silver Voice'.

RM, a rapper and the leader of BTS has always been passionate about music, rap, and writing soul-touching lyrics.

With an IQ of 148, his mother wanted him to take the traditional route and build a stable life.

He got in a lot of arguments with his parents and was an underground rapper and went by the name Runch Randa.

Eventually, he was able to work it out with his mother after several serious fights and was scouted by Big Hit Entertainment as the first member of what would now be the biggest boy band, BTS.

Jungkook, the youngest member and the main vocalist of BTS, joined at the mere age of fifteen, sacrificing his entire teenage years to pursue his dream of singing and dancing.

He joined BTS because he believed in RM.

Working hard towards his dream, he started doing it mostly to support his parents.

Jimin, his first love was dance, especially modern contemporary dance.

He came to Seoul from Busan at an early to pursue his dream and was scouted by BigHit because of his elegant and graceful dance moves and unique voice.


No more dream first performance
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At the beginning of 2010, BTS was originally a small duo RM and Iron, the rookie group.

After some deliberation, Big Hit Entertainments transitioned BTS from a duo to a group, resulting in Suga, J-Hope, Jungkook, Jin, Jimin, and V.

In 2013, the seven members were finally united, little did they know about the path they were about to pave.

The beginning was obviously very difficult for the boys in the K-Pop world. Besides so many already famous K-pop groups BTS had to make their way through it.

Even though facing many problems, they still didn’t lose hope.

BTS pushed through and released music and covers to express their emotions through their art that was music.

As a gift to their fans, they covered J. Cole’s “Born Sinner” and re-named it “Born Singer”.

In 2015, BTS had their first tour, known as the ‘Highlight Tour’ in the United States Of America but faced a lot of hate and disrespect.

Even though BTS was coming from a very small company, the ARMY’s were always by their side giving them hope and fighting for them through Twitter and complaining about the mistreatment of their boys.

This was the most difficult time for BTS as despite working so hard, they weren’t getting any recognition.

It was the love and constant support of the AMRY’s that kept them intact as a band.

There was a time when all BTS got was hate not just globally but even from their own country.

Before BTS's debut, only three companies were well known, particularly, JYP Entertainments, SM Entertainments, and YG Entertainments.

After BTS's debut, Big Hit Entertainments got the recognition that no company got. Bang Si-Hyuk struck gold after forming BTS, The Idol Group.

Despite facing so many problems and hardships, the boys still pushed themselves ahead.

And as they did, it proved to be worth it. Their next releases proved to be absolute bangers.

Their Live Trilogy ‘The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Part 1’ was the only album to be included in Fuse’s list of “The Best 27 Albums” Of 2015 so far.

“I Need U” went on number 1 in the Gaon Digital Charts.

During the Era of “Young Forever”, BTS started gaining popularity.

They did a two-day concert in Seoul to promote their album.

The group headlined US KCON in New Jersey and Los Angeles which sold out Arenas.

Their album later won “Album of the year” at the Melon Music Awards becoming the group’s first major grand prize.

It is one of the most memorable moments in the journey of BTS that no army can ever forget.

On September 7, 2016, BTS released their second Japanese Studio Album which sold over 44,000 copies on the first day of release.

“Blood Sweat and Tears” went “all-kill” in South Korea.

2018 MAMA speech
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Later on, they even won the “Artist Of The Year Award” at the 2016 MNET Asian Music Awards, becoming the first artist not from the big three companies (SM, YG, JYP) to receive the award.

After they received the award, they talked about their hardships and how they were thinking to disband but pushed themselves just for the sake of their precious ARMYs.

All of them broke down emotionally while giving their speech.

During the Wing era, preorders reached over 700,00 copies worldwide.

The lead single, Spring Day, topped eight of the major South Korean online music charts and entered US Billboards under the Hot 100 Singles Chart at number 15 with “zero premonitions”.

Now, here came the Love Yourself Era.

With their fifth EP, “Love Yourself: Her”, they finally achieved the fame and popularity they deserved. The album was sold in millions.

They even got recognition from foreign artists as the EP featured American artist The Chainsmokers which created excitement throughout the K-Pop and American Music Industry.

Online grammy awards
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After this, they also released a remix of “Mic-Drop” with steve Aoki and Desiigner which charted in both Korean and United States charts.

In January of 2018, BTS received their first Double Platinum from RIAJ for their “Mic Drop, DNA, Crystal Snow” single and became the only single album by a foreign artist in 2017 to sell over 500,000 copies and receive certification on the Oricon chart of the year.

BTS is the only K-Pop band to get a nag from the Recording company "Grammys".

Their first English Single was nominated for "The Grammy Award" under the category of Top Duo/Group Performance.

BTS And Billboard

BTS made history with the release of their album “Love Yourself: Tear” which went #1 on the “Billboard 200” Charts and entered the top 10 of the “Billboard Hot 100”.

It is already very hard for many established artists around the world to sell 1 million copies of an album in a week but BTS does that in their pre-sales.

Well, that’s just BTS things.

After this, BTS went on Billboard Hot 100 charts several times with the release of their BE album which came at the beginning of the lockdown period.

'Butter', debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, one week after its release.

Their English-language single became BTS’s fourth No. 1 in nine months.

This is the quickest any act has received four number ones in the Billboard HOT 100 chart since Justin Timberlake, a decade and a half ago, and among groups, the fastest since the Jackson 5 in 1970.

BTS is now also becoming the seventh artist to earn their first four Hot 100 No. 1 in less than a year, joining the likes of The Beatles and Mariah Carey. Topping the charts again isn’t new to BTS.

Who is Bang Si-Hyuk?

This guy is often known as the mastermind behind the all top sensational boy group BTS.

He is the founder and CEO of HYBE, formerly Big Hit Entertainments labels, the agency that manages the group.

Bang’s stage name is ‘Hitman Bang’, a nickname that originated from his time at JYP.

As a producer and composer, he was once known for his hitmakers, hence the moniker.

This stage name is what inspired his company name Big Hit Entertainments before is rebranded to HYBE this march.

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Bang Si Hyuk with Jin( WeVerse Update)

If you’re wondering about Bang’s relationship with BTS, he’s very close to them. if we go particularly, Jin is supposedly ‘best friends’ with Bang Si-Hyuk.

Jin posted a series of photos and videos with Bang on WeVerse(HYBE’s Social Media App) showing the CEO making him a home-cooked meal.

Bang even gifted all members of BTS shares in the company, making each of them multi-millionaires after the listing.

The shares were given to strengthen long-term partnerships. All in all, it was Bang who believed in BTS when no one did.

Why Is BTS considered the most influential band of all time?

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BTS at the United Nations Press Conference

BTS is a true example of dedication. They used to distribute their concert pamphlets themselves and ask people to come to see them perform for free.

They even promote the message of ‘Love Yourself’. As BTS believes that true love begins once you learn to love yourself, they started the ‘Love Yourself’ campaign with UNICEF (United Nations).

They are the first Korean group to get an opportunity to give a speech at the United Nations. BTS even broke The Beatle's record.

The Beatles set their twenty-two-year-old billboard record of getting three number one with Anthology 1, Anthology 2, and Anthology 3.

BTS broke the Beatles record in under 11 months with Map Of The Soul: Persona, Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer.

BTS is also the Brand Ambassador of many worldwide companies such as Hyundai, Samsung, Louis Vuitton. They also had a collaboration with the all-famous burger brand Mc Donalds and launched the BTS meal.

Groups like BTS are very important in today’s world as BTS always brings positivity and awareness on topics like mental health, depression, self-growth, and most important following your dreams.

BTS is an inspiration to a lot of people. Many of the ARMY’s have themselves claimed that BTS brought a big positive change in their lives.

BTS never gave up on their dreams. And they teach their ARMY’s to never give up either.

BTS's relationship with ARMYs is very pure and strong.

ARMYs have always supported Bangtan through thick thin and will do so till the end.

The boys are yet to talk about their “Military Service”. BTS themselves are very humble towards their fans and never fails to thank them.

Thanks for reading!!