What Does BTS stand for? Everything You Need To Know Is Here!

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Created under Big Hit Entertainment in 2010, BTS is a 7-member South Korean boy band, also known as the “Bangtan Boys.”

What Does BTS Stand For?

BTS stands for “Bang Tan Sonyeondan,” which translates as the “Bulletproof Boy Scouts.”

J-Hope, a member of the group explained that the name signifies the group’s desire to eliminate stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim at adolescents like bullets”.

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In Japan, they are known as Bōdan Shōnendan, which translates similarly.

As part of extending their brand globally,  BTS announced in July 2017 that their name would also stand for “Beyond the Scene”.

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BTS is a 7-member South Korean boy band. It is also known as “Bangtan Boys”.

History About The BTS Band Group

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BTS began its formation in 2010 after Big Hit Entertainment CEO, Bang Si-Hyuk met with BTS group leader, RM.

BTS was originally supposed to be a hip-hop group similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM but between their initial formation and their debut, Bang Si-hyuk decided instead to create an idol group similar to SEO TAIIJI AND BOYS who were popular in the 90s.

The group debuted on June 12, 2013, with “No More Dream” off their first album titled “2 Cool 4 Skool”. It didn’t take long for BTS to receive love from South Korean fans as they won New Artist of the Year awards at the 2013 Melon Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, and the 2014 Seoul Music Award.

Before debuting in 2013, some of BTS’ members had their careers started as underground performers. Rap Monster was an underground rapper and had released several tracks, including a collaboration with Zico.

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J-Hope explains that the meaning of BTS signifies the group’s desire to eliminate stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim at adolescents like bullets

J-Hope was a member of a street dance troupe named Neuron, while Suga was an underground rapper in Daegu. Jungkook previously competed on Mnet’s “Superstar K” before joining Big Hit.

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Jin was a film arts student at Konkuk University when he was street-cast for auditions. Before their debut, Jimin was the top student in modern dance in Busan High School of Arts and later transferred to Korea Arts High School with fellow member V.

The group debuted on June 12, 2013, with “No More Dream” off their first album titled “2 Cool 4 Skool”. It didn’t take long for BTS to receive love from South Korean fans as they won New Artist of the Year awards at the 2013 Melon Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards, and the 2014 Seoul Music Award.

After releasing their first extended play, “O!RUL8,2?”, BTS came back with their 3rd part of the “school trilogy” with the second EP “Skool Luv Affair” on February 12, 2014. “Boy in Luv”, the title track off the album, was well received in South Korea and worldwide with the album peaking at No. 3 on Billboard’s World Album Charts.

After debuting in 2013 with their single album “2 Cool 4 Skool, BTS released their first Korean-language studio album, Dark & Wild, and Japanese-language studio album, Wake Up, in 2014.

The group’s second Korean studio album, Wings, released in 2016, was their first to sell one million copies in South Korea. By 2017, BTS crossed into the global music market, leading into the United States and breaking numerous sales records.

Profile of Members of The BTS Boys Band Group

JIN (Kim Seok Jin)

Jin is the oldest member of BTS. He was born in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do, but when he was about 1 year old his family moved to Gwacheon, Gyeonggi-do. He has an older brother, Kim Seok Joong, 2 years older than him.

Jin attended Konkuk University where he attained his master’s, enrolled, and graduated from the Hanyang Cyber University.

His favorite number is 4, his favorite weather is Spring sunlight, and he enjoys cooking, playing videogames on Nintendo devices, taking selcas at his leisure hours.

His role model is T.O.P from BIG BAND. He blinks his left eye when he is hungry. Jin’s favorite color is blue and he also likes Disney princesses.

He enjoys looking at photos and recipes with lobster, meat, and naengmyeon (Korean cold noodles) being his favorite foods.

The other members regard him as the one with the best body in Bangtan. Jin was ranked 44th on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2019”.

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Jin is a member of BTS

SUGA (Min Yoon Gi)

Suga is the second oldest member of BTS. He was born in Buk-gu, Daegu, South Korea. He has an older brother, Min Geumjae.

Suga obtained a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts Major at the Global Cyber University.  He speaks with a satori accent when he’s nervous and when he cries.

He’s mostly found doing nothing when he has free time, taking photos, avoiding having to do work. He is called Motionless Min because he does nothing during his days off.

His favorite food is meat, white as his favorite color, and 3 as his favorite number.

His role models are Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, and Hit-Boy. Suga has co-composed/co-produced 120+ songs. Suga uses the alias Agust D for his solo works.

Suga is ranked 67th on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”. Suga’s ideal type is someone who likes music, especially hip-hop.

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Sukais a member of BTA

J-HOPE (Jung Ho Seok)

J-Hope is the third oldest member of BTS. He was born in Gwangju, South Korea. He has an older sister known as, Mejiwoo.

His father is a high school literature teacher at Gwangju Global High School. He attended the Gwangju Global High School and then, moved on to the Global Cyber University.

J-Hope was the rapper at 2 AM‘s Jokeon’s “Animal“.

He loves kimchi, the Spring season, listening to music and window shopping, green as his favorite color, and 7 as his favorite number.

He auditioned and won a popularity award at a JYP Entertainment competition.

J-Hope and B.A.P Youngjae auditioned together for their JYP audition. His role models are G-dragon of BIGBANG, A$AP Rocky, J.Cole, and Beenzino.

J-Hope has co-composed/co-produced 110+ songs. On March 2, 2018, J-Hope released his 1st mixtape “Hope World”, with the title track “Daydream”.

J-Hope is ranked 88th on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”. J-Hope’s ideal type is a girl who loves him, good at cooking, and thinks a lot.

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J-Hope is a member of BTS

RM (Kim Nam Joon)

RM is the fourth oldest member of BTS. He was born in Seoul (Sangdo-dong) then he moved to Ilsan, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea when he was 4. He has a younger sister, Kim Kyung Min.

He attended Apgujeong High School and furthered to the Global Cyber University where he gained a bachelor’s in Electronic engineering major.

In 2006 RM studied languages in New Zealand for 4 months. His favorite foods are meat (especially Samgyeopsal) and Kalguksu (Korean knife noodles).

He disclosed that he taught himself how to speak English and can speak it extremely well.

RM is the only member left from the original lineup when BTS debuted in 2013.

Despite his rough and tough image, he is very playful and relaxed. He loves Surfing the web as his hobby.

His favorite colors are black, pink, and purple, with 1 as his favorite number.

His favorite items are clothes, computers, books. He likes clear weather. Kanye West and A$AP Rocky are his role models.

He is a big advocate for lgbtqia+ rights. RM thinks silver hair suits him the best.

He has co-composed/co-produced 160+ songs. He released his first solo mixtape, “RM” on March 17, 2015. On November 13, 2017, Namjoon wrote a message on the group’s official fan cafe announcing he changed his stage name from Rap Monster to RM. Namjoon stated that “RM” stands for “Real Me”.

RM is ranked 79th on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2018”.

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RM is a member of BTS

JIMIN (Park Ji Min)

Jimin is the third youngest member of BTS. He was born in Busan, South Korea. He has a younger brother, Park Jihyun.

Jimin attended the Busan High School of Arts and furthered to the Global Cyber University where gained a bachelor’s in Theatre and film major. Jimin was the last member to join BTS.

Jimin loves to relax anytime he gets a chance. His favorite number is number 3, blue and black as his favorite colors, pork, duck, chicken, fruit, and kimchi jjigae as his favorite foods, and prefers sunny and cool weather.

He jokingly hits his fellow members as a way of showing his affection for them. If music is playing he will start to dance no matter where he is.

His role model is Taeyang of BIGBANG. Jimin was ranked 19th on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2019”. Jimin’s ideal type is a nice and cute girl who is smaller than him.

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Jimin is a member of BTS

V (Kim Tae Hyung)

V is the second youngest member of BTS. He was born in Daegu but later moved to Geochang where he spent his life until he moved to Seoul. He has a younger sister (Kim Eun Jin) and a younger brother (Kim Jong Gyu).

V attended Korea Art School and moved on to the Global Cyber University.

He likes anything unique. His favorite foods are Japchae and any type of meat, searching for music that no one listens to, going on the computer are his hobbies, 10 as his favorite number, and great his favorite color.

They call him Blank Tae because of his blank expression. He has a habit of biting his nails and sticking out his tongue.

V revealed that his role model is his dad. He acted in the Korean drama “Hwarang” from 2016 to 2017.

V was ranked 1st in the “Top 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2017“. V thinks red hair suits him the best and his ideal type is someone who takes care of him and loves only him and who has a lot of aegyo.

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Photo of V, a member of BTS

JUNGKOOK (Jeon Jung Kook)

Jungkook is the youngest member of BTS. He was born in Busan, South Korea. He has an older brother, Jeon Junghyun.

He attended the Seoul School of Performing Arts and furthered to the Global Cyber University. Before joining the group he was a handball player.

His favorite foods are anything with flour (pizza, bread, etc), 1 as his favorite number, and black as his favorite color. He likes shoes and make-up.

Jungkook is ranked 1st on TC Candler’s “The 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2019”. His role model is G-Dragon of BIGBANG.

Jungkook’s ideal type is someone who’s at least 168 cm but smaller than him, is a good wife, good at cooking, smart, has pretty legs, and is nice. Also, a girl who likes him and is good at singing.

Jungkook is a member of BTS. He is the youngest of them all

BTS’ Singles And Albums

The BTS has two categories of albums; the Korean-language studio albums and the Japanese-language studio albums.

Korean-Language Studio Albums

ALBUMS

YEARS RELEASED

Dark And Wild

2014

Wings

2016

Love Yourself: Tear

2018

Map Of The Soul: 7

2020

Be

2020

Japanese-Language Studio Albums

ALBUMS

YEARS RELEASED

Wake Up

2014

Youth

2016

Face Yourself

2018

Map Of The Soul: 7 – The Journey

2020

Some Recognitions And Legacies Made By The BTS

The BTS group became the first Korean group to receive a certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for their single “Mic Drop” as well as the first Korean act to top the US Bill 200 with their studio album, “Love Yourself: Tear” which was released in 2018.

On April 29, 2019, “Time Magazine”  named BTS on their “The 100 Most Influential People” of the year list, giving them the nickname “Princes of Pop”.

Billboard executive, Silvio Pietroluongo compared BTS’ commercial success and influence to that of the Beatles and the Monkees.

MRC Data executive, Helena Kosinski noted that “although BTS wasn’t the first to open the doors to K-Pop worldwide, they were the first to become mainstream.

They don’t just appeal to young people but also the 50s and 60s age demographic”.

As the first non-English speaking artist to make the Global Artist Chart in 2018, BTS had the second and third best-selling albums worldwide and were the second best-selling artists worldwide across multiple media platforms, second only to Drake.

In 2020, BTS became the first non-western and non-English speaking artist to be named IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of the Year.

In South Korea, BTS accounted for 41.9 percent of album sales in the first half of 2019, up from their market share of 25.3 percent the previous year.

The group’s influence has led them to address the 73rd United Nations General Assembly and perform before 400 officials, including South Korean President Moon, at the 2018 Korea-France Friendship Concert in Paris, a summit celebrating the friendly relations between France and South Korea.

In July 2021, BTS was appointed Special Presidential Envoy For Future Generations and Culture President Moon. In their role as envoys, they help to “raise awareness on global agendas, such as sustainable development, to our future generations and to strengthen the nation’s diplomatic power across the world” and represent South Korea at various international events, such as the 76th United Nations General Assembly.

BTS’ Achievements And Awards

The 7-member South Korean boy band has been honored and won several awards.

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The BTS band, all styled up for their performance at the Grammy Awards

AWARDS

NUMBER

Mnet Asia Music Awards

33

Melon Music Awards

29

Golden Disc Awards

24

Seoul Music Awards

20

Korean Music Awards

6

MTV Video Music Awards

6

Top Social Artistes

6

How Much Is BTS Worth?

We can’t give an accurate estimation of how much the BTS is worth but we can roughly estimate that every member should be worth an estimation between $500, 000 to $1 Million.

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