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BTS 101: The South Korean Boy Band Taking Over The US Music Charts




BTS performs during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020 on December 31, 2019 in New York City.
BTS performs during Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2020 on December 31, 2019 in New York City.
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In late November, K-pop band BTS released their highly anticipated new album “BE,” It includes their English-language hit “Dynamite,” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the first time ever for a South Korean group.

The band, which debuted in 2013, became the biggest boy band in the world, selling out stadiums worldwide and delivering a video message at the U.N. General Assembly this year.

Their songs, filled with intimate, socially conscious lyrics, are credited for their success. Unlike other K-pop bands that carefully maintain the personas created by their labels, BTS is known for its active engagement with fans — known as ARMY — through social media. BTS has over 30.8 million followers on Twitter.

And if you somehow don’t know who they are, we’re here with a primer. Plus, whether you’re ARMY or a newer fan, call us and tell us what BTS means to you: 866-893-5722. 

With files from the Associated Press

Guest:

Lenika Cruz, senior editor at the Atlantic where she covers culture and has written about BTS; she tweets @lenikacruz