Profile of BTS: The Reigning King Who Overcame Numerous Challenges (2024 updated)

Before reaching their position today, BTS took a long path from nothingness to greatness. Here is a comprehensive look into this outstanding group. 

BTS (방탄소년단) is a 7-member boy group formed under Big Hit Music (now an agency under HYBE Labels). Formed in 2013 in a relatively unknown agency of the time, BTS became the epitome of zero to hero in K-pop, 

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Biography of BTS  

  • Group name: BTS
  • Debut date: 13/06/2013
  • Company: Big Hit Music, HYBE Labels 
  • Total member: 7
  • Members: Jin, SUGA, j-hope, RM, Jimin, V, Jungkook 
  • Fandom name: ARMY
  • Official color: Purple 

Special information about BTS

The group’s name “BTS” is an acronym for the Korean expression “Bangtan Sonyeondan” (방탄소년단), which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. This means that BTS would block out “bullets” (stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations targeting adolescents) and protect the values and ideals of today’s adolescents. 

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However, in 2017, it was announced that alongside “Bangtan Sonyeondan”, BTS will also be an acronym for “Beyond The Scene”, meaning that BTS will keep going beyond the realities they are facing. 

Now a top group not only in the K-pop scene but also globally, BTS’s defining characteristic has to be the group’s music. Initially rooted in hip hop, BTS songs have since evolved to a wide variety of genres. Additionally, the group’s music is known to have tackled various personal and social themes, such as mental health, youth troubles, loss, individualism, and more, instead of focusing on romance. 

Another key element to BTS’ success is the group’s involvement in their music. Particularly, members often participate in the concept and music creation process, even early on.

BTS Fandom

ARMY or A.R.M.Y (아미; short for “Adorable Representative M.C. for Youth”) is BTS’s official fandom name. This name was officially established on July 9, 2013, and is directly linked to BTS due to the two name’s association with the military. 

It is known that if BTS’s current logo is the door from the group’s viewpoint, the symbol for ARMY is a door on the fan’s viewpoint, showing that fans are waiting and welcoming BTS on the opposite side no matter what door BTS opens.

Official SNS channels of BTS

BTS Awards

BTS have received many awards and honors, including 15 Melon Music Awards, 15 Mnet Asian Music Awards, 14 Golden Disc Awards 12 Seoul Music Awards, 10 Gaon Chart Music Awards, 4 Billboard Music Awards (first Korean group), 4 Korean Music Awards, and one American Music Award (first Korean group). 

In 2013-2014, BTS was recognized as “Rookie of the Year” (or Best New Artist) at several Korean awards ceremonies like the Gaon Chart Music Awards, Golden Disc Awards (GDA), Melon Music Awards (MMA), and Seoul Music Awards (SMA). 


The group later gained prevalence in 2016-2017, swepting major album and artist awards at Asia Music Awards (AAA), Golden Disc Awards (GDA), Hanteo Awards, Melon Music Awards (MMA),  Seoul Music Awards (SMA).

BTS started winning at international music awards, particularly those in the states in 2017 (Top Social Artist at Billboard Music Awards), and even earned grammar nominations starting from 2021. 

BTS has basically established many “firsts” for K-pop in the international market, and has never failed to sweep major awards whenever they are active. 


Despite their impressive achievements, BTS hasn’t been immune to controversy. Here’s a look at some of their most notable “scandals”:


BTS’s Official Discography (Not including solo/sub-unit/unofficial releases)


Studio albums 

  • Dark & Wild (2014) – Title: 
  • Wings (2016)
  • You Never Walk Alone (repackage) (2017)
  • Love Yourself: Tear (2018)
  • Map of the Soul : 7 (2020)

Compilation albums

  • Proof (2022)

Mini albums

  • O!RUL8,2? (2013)
  • Skool Luv Affair (2014)
  • Skool Luv Affair Special Addition (repackage) (2014)
  • The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 1 (2015)
  • The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 2 (2015)
  • Love Yourself: Her (2017)
  • Map of the Soul : Persona (2019)
  • Be (2020)

OST albums

  • BTS World Original Soundtrack (2019)

Special albums

  • The Most Beautiful Moment In Life: Young Forever (2016)
  • Love Yourself: Answer (2018)

Single albums

  • 2 Cool 4 Skool (2013)

Digital singles

  • “Come Back Home” (2017)
  • “MIC Drop (Steve Aoki Remix)” (2017)
  • “Fake Love (Rocking Vibe Mix)” (2018)
  • “Make It Right (feat. Lauv)” (2019)
  • “Black Swan” (2020)
  • “Take Two” (2023)

Remix singles

  • “Make It Right (feat. Lauv) [EDM Remix]” (2019)
  • “Make It Right (feat. Lauv) [Acoustic Remix]” (2019)
  • “My Universe (SUGA’s Remix)” (with Coldplay) (2021)
  • “My Universe (Galantis Remix)” (with Coldplay) (2021)
  • “My Universe (David Guetta Remix)” (with Coldplay) (2021)

Promotional singles

  • “Yet To Come (Hyundai Ver.)” (2022)


  • “My Universe” (with Coldplay) (2021)


  • “The Planet” (2023)

Other releases

  • “With Seoul” (2017)


Studio albums

  • Wake Up (2014)
  • Youth (2016)
  • Face Yourself (2018)
  • Map of the Soul : 7 ~ The Journey ~ (2020)

Best albums

  • 2 Cool 4 Skool / O!RUL8,2? (2014)
  • The Best of BTS: Korea Edition (2017)
  • The Best of BTS: Japan Edition (2017)
  • BTS, The Best (2021)


  • No More Dream (2014)
  • Boy In Luv (2014)
  • Danger (2014)
  • For You (2015)
  • I Need U (2015)
  • Run (2015)
  • Blood Sweat & Tears (2017)
  • MIC Drop/DNA/Crystal Snow (2017)
  • Fake Love/Airplane Pt.2 (2018)
  • Lights/Boy With Luv (2019)

Digital singles

  • Stay Gold (2020)
  • Film Out (2021)


Digital EPs

  • Dynamite (Extended) (2020)
  • Dynamite (DayTime Version)[n 4] (2020)
  • Dynamite (NightTime Version) (2020)
  • Butter (Hotter, Sweeter, Cooler) (2021)


  • Butter (2021)

Digital singles

  • Dynamite (2020)
  • Butter (2021)

Remix singles

  • Dynamite (Holiday Remix) (2020)
  • Butter (Hotter Remix) (2021)
  • Permission to Dance (R&B Remix) (2021)
  • Butter (Megan Thee Stallion Remix) (2021)


  • Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat) [BTS Remix] (with Jawsh 685 & Jason Derulo) (2020)
  • Bad Decisions [n 5] (with Benny Blanco & Snoop Dogg) (2022)


  • Steve Aoki – “Waste It On Me” (2018)

Source: Daum, Osen, Krb

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