BTS: The Best by BTS
Copyright Date: 2021
BTS is a global force, and BTS: The Best focuses on the music that brought the band to its current prominence. Covering K-Pop music from rap to ballads to the dance beats many American ears will recognize, this compilation is filled with songs that are a great introduction to people new to K-Pop as well as to die-hard fans in the BTS Army.
BTS is a band from South Korea. Some of the songs are heavily auto-tuned which can be a challenge for ears not used to it, but that aspect is quite typical of today's pop music. BTS: The Best explores different popular musical genres including ballads, rap, hip hop, dance music, and highly-produced tones. Beats are pronounced and songs fast-paced. BTS is a boy band, a septet, and most fans do a have a favorite band member. Their lyrics focus on personal and social commentary including mental health, loss, coming of age, and self-acceptance. The band is the first Asian and non-English speaking group to be named in the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry Global Recording Artist of the Year and was the fastest act to receive five US number-one singles since Michael Jackson.
A compilation of the best of BTS, this album showcases why this K-Pop band has become a sensation.
“BTS, an acronym of Bangtan Sonyeondan or “Beyond the Scene,” is a Grammy-nominated South Korean group that has been capturing the hearts of millions of fans globally since its debut in June 2013.
The members of BTS are RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook. Gaining recognition for their authentic and self-produced music, top-notch performances, and the way they interact with their fans, BTS has established themselves as “21st century Pop Icons” breaking countless world records. While imparting a positive influence through activities such as the LOVE MYSELF campaign and the UN ‘Speak Yourself’ speech, the band has mobilized millions of fans across the world (named ARMY), topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart three times in 2020 alone, performed multiple sold-out stadium shows across the world, and been named TIME’s Entertainer of the Year 2020.
BTS has been nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance for the 63rd Grammy Awards and recognized with numerous prestigious awards like the Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards, and MTV Video Music Awards.” (About from here.)
Talk about some of the things that BTS and their Army have been able to accomplish.
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As the world's most popular band, an album by BTS needed to be included. Teens who love BTS really love BTS, and they are passionate about the music and the band's message. Their fandom, BTS Army, have used their numbers and tech savvy to affect things like ticket sales for political rallies and taking over hashtags to suppress the reach of white supremacists.