Bangtan Boys

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Bangtan Boys
Bangtan Boys in October 2013.jpg
Bangtan Boys at Seoul Plaza, Jung-gu, Seoul, in October 2013.
From left to right: V, Suga, Jin, Jung Kook, Rap Monster, Jimin, J-Hope
Background information
Also known as
  • BTS
  • Bulletproof Boy Scouts
  • Bangtan Sonyeondan
Origin Seoul, South Korea
Years active 2013 (2013)–present
  • Jin
  • Suga
  • J-Hope
  • Rap Monster
  • Jimin
  • V
  • Jung Kook
Bangtan Boys
Hangul 방탄소년
Hanja 防彈少年
Revised Romanization Bangtan Sonyeondan
McCune–Reischauer Pangt'an Sonyǒndan

Bangtan Boys (Hangul: 방탄소년단, Bangtan Sonyeondan), also known as BTS, is a seven member South Korean boy group formed by Big Hit Entertainment. They debuted on June 13, 2013 with the song "No More Dream," followed by "We Are Bulletproof Pt.2".[1][2] They have won several "New Artist of the Year" awards, including those at the 2013 MelOn Music Awards and Golden Disk Awards, and the 2014 Seoul Music Awards.



Producer Bang Si Hyuk held a hip-hop audition called "Hit It." The audition sought people to join a hip-hop crew that Bang Si Hyuk was planning on debuting in 2011. Due to members leaving the original group lineup, the debut was postponed. Rap Monster and Jin remain as the only members of the original group line-up who debuted in BTS.

J-Hope appeared on several music programs when he featured in 2AM member Jo Kwon's track "Animal," credited as Jung Hoseok. The rest of the members, excluding Rap Monster and Jimin, also appeared in Jo Kwon's "I'm Da One" music video. The group released two cover songs before their debut. Jin, Rap Monster and Suga produced and released a cover track of Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)", and titled it "School of Tears." J-Hope, Jung Kook and Jimin, produced "Graduation Song", a cover track of Wiz Khalifa's "Young, Wild, & Free". Despite being part of the group since 2011, member V was kept a secret until the release of their debut teasers for "No More Dream."

2013: 2 Cool 4 Skool, O!RUL8,2?[edit]

Bangtan Boys released their debut single 2 Cool 4 Skool on June 12, 2013,[3][4] and debuted on Mnet's music program M! Countdown a day later. Besides the title track "Dream No More, the group also promoted another track from the single, "We are Bulletproof Pt.2". On September 11, Bangtan Boys released their first mini-album, O!RUL8,2?, along with its title track "N.O.". The group also performed two other songs "Paldogangsan" and "Attack of Bangtan" on various music shows.

2014: Skool Luv Affair, Japanese activities, Dark & Wild, 1st Solo Concert[edit]

Bangtan Boys in 2014 performing at Mnet M! Countdown

Bangtan Boys released their mini-album Skool Luv Affair on February 12, 2014.[5][6] A day earlier, the group held a showcase at the Lotte Card Arts Centre in Seoul, performing various new songs "Jump", "Just One Day", and "Boy In Luv". The members directly participated in song production. Suga, Rap Monster and J-Hope played a large contribution in both the music production and lyrics. They worked alongside the producer "Hitman" Bang, as well as Pdogg, Supreme Boi, Slow Rabbit, and OWO. Suga revealed that he began producing the lyrics and melody for "Jump" and "Tomorrow" when he was still a trainee. The group released the music videos for both the title track "Boy in Luv",[7] and another track "Just One Day",[8] and promoted their album on various music shows.[9]

In mid-February, it was disclosed that the band would appear in their own version of a popular Japanese simulation game known as Kstars Wonderland. They were the second artist to participate in the project; the first being fellow South Korean boy group, Infinite.

In early March, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS was scheduled to make their official Japanese debut.[10] The album was officially released on June 4, with their first official single being a Japanese version of their general debut song, "No More Dream". On July 14, 2014, they held an American showcase, "BTS: Show & Prove." It was broadcast on their reality show called, BTS American Hustle Life, starting on July 24, 2014.

On July 24 Big Hit Entertainment announced via BTS Official Facebook page that BTS was to release their first album titled Dark & Wild on August 20. Their first teaser pictures were released on August 8 followed by on the 12th with their first teaser. BTS had their showcase August 19 at Blue Square Samsung Card Hall in Seoul. They first performed "Danger" on KBS's Music Bank. BTS also had a webtoon titled 'We On'. 'We On' is a collaboration between Jaedam Media, CJ E&M, and Big Hit Entertainment, written and drawn by Lee Soon Gi and Park Jong Sung.

The group attended KCON in Los Angeles alongside Girls' Generation and other artists on August 10.[11]

On August 28, Big Hit Entertainment announced that BTS would have their first solo concert, BTS 2014 LIVE TRILOGY: EPISODE Ⅱ. THE RED BULLET at AX-Korea on October 18 and 19. Because both concerts quickly sold out, Big Hit Entertainment announced that they would hold an extra concert on October 17. They are now promoting their latest song, War of Hormone.


  • Jin (Kim Seok-jin; 김석진)
  • Suga (Min Yoon-gi; 민윤기)
  • Rap Monster (Kim Nam-joon; 김남준)
  • J-Hope (Jung Ho-seok; 정호석)
  • Park Jimin (박지민)
  • V (Kim Tae-hyung; 김태형)
  • Jeon Jung Kook (전정국)[12]



  • RWeL8? Showcase
  • BTS 2014 Live Trilogy Episode II - The Red Bullet
  • 1st Japan Tour 2015 (Wake Up)


Reality Show[edit]

Year Channel Title Members Role Note
2013 SBS MTV Rookie King: Channel Bangtan All Regulars 8 Episodes
Arirang After School Club Guests Episode 24
2014 YinYueTai BTS China Job Regulars 3 episode documentary
Mnet M Wide News & Open Studio Guests
Arirang After School Club Episode 46
Rap Monster, Jimin Episode 56, After Show
Mnet Beatles Code 3D All Episode 15 with Park Ji-yoon
MBC Every1 Weekly Idol Episode 144
Mnet 4Things Episode 3 (Documentary about BTS' leader Rap Monster)
Arirang After School Club Rap Monster Episode 63, After Show
Episode 64, After Show
Rap Monster, Jimin, Jung Kook Episode 68, After Show
Episode 70, After Show
Mnet American Hustle Life All Regulars 8 episodes
Arirang After School Club Guests Episode 95
Mnet America GO! BTS Regulars The whole filming was held in L.A
KBS A Song for You Season 3 Guests Episode 12
MBC Show! Music Core V Special MC
MBC Every1 100's Choice Best Ramen J-Hope Guest Episode 6
2015 SBS MTV Best of the Best V Special MC 4 episode special with Lovelyz's Sujeong
YinYueTai Idol Show All Regulars 2 Episodes

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Artist Starring
2012 Animal Jo Kwon J-Hope
I'm da Best V, J-Hope, Jung Kook, Suga & Jin
Party (XXO) GLAM Jimin

Awards and nominations[edit]


External links[edit]