BTS (Korean: 방탄소년단; RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan),
also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a South Korean boy band formed in 2010.
The band consists of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook, who co-write or co-produce much of their material.
Originally a hip hop group, they expanded their musical style to incorporate a wide range of genres, while their lyrics have focused on subjects including mental health, the troubles of school-age youth and coming of age, loss, the journey towards self-love, individualism, and the consequences of fame and recognition.
Their discography and adjacent work has also referenced literature, philosophy and psychology, and includes an alternate universe storyline.
As of 2023, BTS is the best-selling artist in South Korean history according to the Circle Chart, having sold in excess of 40 million albums.
Their studio album Map of the Soul: 7 (2020) is the best-selling album of all time in South Korea, as well as the first in the country to surpass both four and five million registered sales.
The group has a large, highly organized, online community of fans known as ARMY (Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth), which translates the group's lyrics and social media posts into other languages and matches charitable contributions of BTS's members. As of 2020, some 40 million ARMY members subscribe to the band's YouTube channel, with more than 30 million following the official BTS Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Jin (진) – vocalist
Suga (슈가) – rapper
J-Hope (제이홉) – rapper
RM – leader, rapper
Jimin (지민) – vocalist
V (뷔) – vocalist
Jungkook (정국) – vocalist
Seoul, South Korea
K-pop, pop, hip hop, R&B, EDM
BTS stands for the Korean phrase Bangtan Sonyeondan (Korean: 방탄소년단; Hanja: 防彈少年團),
which translates literally to 'Bulletproof Boy Scouts'.
According to member J-Hope,
the name signifies the group's desire "to block out stereotypes, criticisms,
and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets".