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Bangtan Boys, or BTS, is a quickly growing K-pop group that is topping charts and turning heads all over the globe. I lost you at “K-pop,” didn’t I? It’s not cute Korean girls in school uniforms dancing innocently to weird electronic music — well, not all of it is like that — so forget those stereotypes now.

If you like fun rap and hip-hop and can get over the language barrier, then BTS is the group for you.

The members consist of Rap Monster, Suga, Jungkook, Jimin, Jin, V, and J-Hope. They are under the company BigHit Entertainment. The group debuted in 2013, but their rise to fame began in 2015 with the angst-filled hit “I Need U” from their third EP “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1,” winning first place on music shows such as Music Bank, Show Champion, M! Countdown, and The Show for the first time in their two-year career and gaining much momentum.

Then they came back in summer with the club-ready hit “Dope” and a sold out tour covering the U.S., Mexico, Australia, South America, Thailand and China — enough to win them the award for “Best World Performer” at the 2015 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) — the biggest music award show in Asia.

In the fall, BTS made another comeback with their fourth EP “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 2” and the youth-encompassing single “Run.” The album proved that BTS is a worldwide force to be reckoned with, with it topping the Billboard World Albums chart for four weeks, as well as debuting at 171 on the U.S. Billboard 200, on top of impressive sales competing with the top K-pop groups.

Now that’s enough of their accomplishments from the past year. Not only does the group wow people with their authentic rapping, meaningful lyrics and upbeat music, but also with their mesmerizing and energetic performances.

Other songs to check out by BTS are “Just One Day” if you like the 90’s R&B feel, “We Are Bulletproof” if you prefer something tough and in your face, “Silver Spoon” if you want something to hype you up, “House of Cards” if you’re feeling something slow and sensual or “Fun Boys” if you just want to get up and dance. Performances to check out are “No More Dream,” “Danger,” “I Need U,” “Dope” and “Run.”


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