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Hello to our lovely readers. After much hard work from all our staff, despite the world having ground to a halt. we’re back with our third issue. We, the editors of this team, have been waiting excitedly to share these articles with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we have! Previously, in our first issue, we took a deep dive into the use of mythology within BTS’ content, and in our last issue we examined the relationship dynamic among BTS, ARMYs and the Media. This time around, we take a look at the influences BTS has had on the music industry, as well as the various influences BTS have incorporated into their own music. Additionally, in recognition of BTS’ seven years together, our team has prepared a special article, Seven Years Passed, Seven Years to Come, in which we take a deep dive into the history and future of this legendary group. It was fascinating for us to look deep into BTS’ music, the attitudes and influences surrounding it, and exploring the art held within the discography. Hopefully, it will be just as intriguing for you! During days like these when it’s easy to feel disconnected, we hope that our content can - in some small way - provide a bit of comfort or entertainment in your lives. BTS, as you know, has been highly active these past few weeks giving ARMY all kinds of content, from videos and streams to updating us more on social media. This is our way of giving back, to spread appreciation for these seven incredible people, and to continue being a source which presents accurate information about the goings on in the Bangtan world. We would love to hear back from you. Please send us relevant topics to be highlighted in our articles and blogs on our SNS accounts @Borasaek Vision! We hope for your health and happiness as the pandemic continues. Thank you, and 보라해요!

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Seven Years To Come

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How BTS Draws Inspiration Around the Globe

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Connect, BTS:

Serious Project or Artsy Whimsy

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Recommendations from BTS ARMY

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From Humble Beginnings

Awards (MAMA).

7 is a significant number for BTS and ARMY for many reasons, most prominent being that BTS has 7 members, and their last album is called Map of the Soul:7. The most meaningful symbolism behind the number 7 is that this year marks the 7th anniversary

BTS achieved fame because of their hard work and pure determination, but never once did they forget to be humble and respectful of the people around them. Whether it was helping other artists or expressing gratitude towards those who

of BTS’ debut and ARMY’s birth. The past seven years have been an emotional rollercoaster for BTS, from high peaks to extreme lows. The world has witnessed BTS grow to be the successful artists everybody

have helped them grow and mature, BTS has never forgotten their origins or acted out of self-importance. BTS members recognize it themselves, how big the responsibility of success is on their shoulders yet they are not afraid of being

knows today. More and more people have come to appreciate them and do their best to show love and support. But behind the shiny

vulnerable. They don’t go around preaching love and respect and open-mindedness without giving first-person examples

surface of fame are seven boys who struggled

to follow.

in the beginning, but worked hard to make their dreams come true. From their very

Hardships In Life

first free and unsponsored concert in the US in 2014, where they personally handed out invitation flyers to people in the streets of Los Angeles, to a sold out world tour, in 2019. The seven members went from living together in cramped conditions with only one bedroom, to each having their own space in their current home. Likewise, from dressing in casual, modest clothes when attending events and award shows to now being able to afford more exclusive items. From watching other K-pop groups win the awards they only dreamed of, to their first awards ‘all-kill’ in 2019 when they won all four Daesangs at the Mnet Asian Music

At MAMA 2018, BTS could not hold back their tears while giving the acceptance speech for the Artist of the Year Daesang, one of the most important awards in Asian shows. They opened up about the struggles they still face as a group and thanked ARMY profusely for supporting them through the hardships. BTS is not afraid of being open and sincere when it comes to pains and difficulties and most of all, they are not afraid of showing us that asking for help when we need it is not proof of weakness. Quite the contrary, it is a sign of strength. During episode 56 of “Run BTS!”, the members were asked to write a poem for Seven Years Passed, Seven Years To Come | 2


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things will be okay.

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each other. There were some sentences which have now become quite important to ARMY, because they show us how BTS deal with these hard moments. In Taehyung’s poem, he focused on a trait of each member’s

BTS has reassured us many times that in the end things will work out, and even though everyone’s struggle is different, there is always a way to stay strong through the low moments in our lives. There is one song, in particular, ARMYs are fond of: “2!3!” (Wishing for More Good Days). These lyrics deeply touch every heart:

It’s okay, come on when I say 1, 2, 3 Forget it, erase all sad memories, Hold my hand and smile, Hoping for more good days

personality and encouraged them saying “it’s not a big deal,” while Yoongi wrote in his poem “what a relief we are seven, what a relief we have each other.” This proves that no matter the struggles and the hardships, BTS are not particularly fond of giving up. They have tackled their problems head on, made it through and have become a reference point for many people of all ages. They taught us to fight and then to be proud of ourselves for standing our ground. In an interview for the “Today Show” on the 21st of February 2020, while presenting the new album Map of the Soul:7, Namjoon said that both the number and the songs on the album are a statement that they have met their destiny and shadows at the same time. His comment further proves that BTS have had their fair share of moments in which they felt lost, especially when the road to happiness can be long and tortuous. They thanked ARMY because we give them “positive energy” every day, so they know

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Hoping for better days and for a better future is BTS’ message because they never lost their hope, and neither should we!


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Walking the Purple Road Together

of this certainty, ARMYs worldwide know that change is coming for BTS. Namjoon

“Longer than the seven summers and cold winters” of life’s inescapable twists and turns, BTS has continually shown us that walking the purple road together with ARMY is their most treasured experience and memory. With ARMY by their side, BTS dared to dream, and now that they have arrived at this newest peak in their career,

carried this same sentiment of change into the lyrics for “Inner Child” when he talked about tweaking one line from “we don’t change” to “we gonna change.” In his longawaited Map of the Soul:7 ‘behind-thescenes’ VLive, Namjoon shared that he wanted the lyrics of “Inner Child” to be a constant source of hope for future Taehyung,

the future is theirs for the making and taking.

who will one day be bigger, older, and continuously get better than the Taehyung

What that future holds for BTS is not yet

of the here and now.

certain but with their most recent comeback Map of the Soul:7 there are subtle references sign-posting the possibilities that await. When Jimin lovingly said to Taehyung, “Someday, when the cheers die down, please stay by my side,” we begin to glimpse a world where BTS are no longer global superstars performing together in sold out stadiums. Likewise,

Everything about BTS’ future signals that change and transformation are on the horizon. We already have witnessed these seven fiercely determined young boys who

when Jin was asked about his thoughts on the sensitive topic of military enlistment at

once dreamed of performing on the world’s best and brightest stages become successful artists in their own right, inspiring millions of fans worldwide with their music. BTS has now made significant inroads into the music

BTS’ recent press conference for Map of the

industry, both in Korea and internationally,

Soul:7, he responded that although nothing has been decided, he personally considers military service to be an honorable duty and finished it by saying, “If I am called to serve, I am ready anytime.”

to the extent that their agency Big Hit is a serious force to be reckoned with in the worlds of entertainment and business. With Big Hit continuing to diversify its products and services in anticipation of customer needs and wants, the potential of what BTS and Big Hit can achieve together is only limited by their imagination.

The fact that BTS has weathered seven seasons of growth is testament to the singular prime unit that they have become a bond that will remain long after the ARMY bombs have gone out. As we have already seen with many male K-pop idol groups,

Where To From Here?

military service is inevitable. During this time of service, members take a leave of

With Map of the Soul:7 firmly cocooned in our ARMY psyches and the trilogy of Persona, Shadow and Ego successfully presented to the

absence from their careers to fulfill their patriotic duties as Korean citizens. Because

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with Carl Jung’s work. Will they continue to explore the key tenets of the ‘self’ by delving deeper into the anima/animus narratives or will BTS utilize this newly achieved platform

Bigger stages? More album releases? Possibly - they are musicians and artists after all. More fame? More money? Again, possibly - this is still their livelihood, but

to ignite the next leg of their journey? Transformation can be a healing process, and

most likely those words would be said more in jest than in seriousness. What about solo and sub-unit careers? As contentious as this

and in mythological terms, the symbolism of a snake shedding its skin signified a releasing of the ‘old’ in order to embrace the ‘new’. In a way, Map of the Soul:7 has this same sense

thought might be for ARMYs, historically the K-pop industry has numerous examples of this occurring for male K-pop groups,

of shedding the old, embracing the new. In 2019, Dr. Murray Stein, author of Jung’s “Map of the Soul” series, spoke of BTS’

moreso as an economic necessity rather than the fulfillment of a long-held career aspiration.

Persona album as being full of "longing" and "struggle for authenticity." It would be fair to say now that in 2020, BTS have for the most part, achieved the level of authenticity that they were seeking.

All of these responses are possible. What ‘will’ the next seven years have in store for BTS? The answer is simple really: more time for BTS and ARMY to continue walking the

Where once BTS may have felt that they ‘were only 7’, there is a realisation now that ARMY has always been beside them, walking the same path of struggles and challenges, frustration and doubt. This ‘aha moment’ is captured in their song, “We Are Bulletproof: The Eternal,” soulfully expressed through this translation of their original lyrics, “Even if the adversity rears its ugly head again, and someone should throw obstacles at us, we will continue to walk with you [ARMY], nothing will ever stop us here again, knowing that you are here with us... We are forever bulletproof... We are not seven with you.” (@ColinSH3, 2020, #15) What might the next seven years have in store for BTS? If we were to ask this question of the members themselves, what do you think they would say? Prestigious awards?

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purple road together and more music that moves and heals the body, heart, mind and soul.

“Even if the adversity rears its ugly head again, and someone should throw obstacles at us, we will continue to walk with you [ARMY] nothing will ever stop us here again knowing that you are here with us ...we are forever bulletproof... we are not seven with you”


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Genre: BTS Written by Aury Pilachai | Edited by Caitlin | Checked and Designed by Euni Does BTS’ music count as K-pop? Well, do you want the short answer that’s likely to make you angry? Or the complete answer? my TedTalk. Complete answer? I don’t have it. But, if you’ll hang around for a little while longer, perhaps we can puzzle this out together. First, let’s break down the question as much as we can. What is BTS’ music, what is K-pop, and what does it mean for the average person (ARMY) who listens to them?

in the western world. “K-pop” instantly brings about several very distinct images: screaming teen girls, inordinately organized twitter wars, forced perfection, the infamous dark side of the industry. However, I would like to raise a few questions pertaining to these notions. different from the Western music scene? Afterall, ARMYs are often compared to the Beatles’ passionate followers...the Beatles, who were a Western group. Every industry, be it western or eastern, music or not, has a baby.

Let’s start with K-pop.


So then, why does K-pop, in particular, have this blemished reputation in the West? Because it’s new, because it’s under scrutiny, because it’s unfamiliar and foreign. Take your pick. Whatever the reason, there is some obsession about finding the flaws in the showcased perfection of these idols (as though Western celebrities aren’t trying to cover their are countless articles and videos depicting this “dark side,” cherry-picking isolated cases and painting the entire music industry of South Korea with the same, heavy-handed brush. Yes, there is a lot about the music industry - in South Korea, and all across the Western world and beyond - that needs to be improved and be brought to light. But turning this bad situation into an alienating look at how terrible these other people are sort of spectacle isn’t helping anyone, least of all the people who are actually being hurt by this “dark side” we’re all so obsessed with. It’s funny how you never see these naysayers, these chinwaggers on their high horses, talking about how right now several idols are on hiatus for mental and physical health reasons with full support from their companies. Yes, there have been scandals, yes, people are being hurt by other, more

powerful or more anonymous people. But that’s how it is everywhere, and condemning an entire people group for the actions of the few is ridiculous and so far beyond unhelpful. I’ve seen ARMYs grow offended by the very suggestion that BTS is K-pop - I, myself, once had the same gut reaction before I was presented with all the facts. But, the truth of the matter is BTS themselves call themselves K-pop. I can see how ARMYs would say things along the lines of “BTS is bigger than K-pop” and even recently, band member V said that their “Genre is BTS.” And, yet, in the 2018 Grammy interview, they had no qualms about accepting the label of K-pop, going so far as to clarify this: “I’m a little careful to talk about K-pop as a genre because I don’t want to be defining K-pop as a genre. I’m a little bit wary of that. But, I think rather than approaching K-pop as a genre, a better approach would be ‘integrated content.’ K-pop includes not just the music, but the clothes, the makeup, the choreography. All of these elements, I think, sort of


amalgamate together in a visual and ausets it apart from other music or maybe other genres.” - SUGA, 2018 So, then, why are ARMYs - especially I-ARMYs - so offended by the idea of containing BTS to the so called “genre” of K-pop, particularly when BTS themselves don’t even seem to think of it as a genre at all? Perhaps, it may be best to take yet another step back and examine what exactly genre is in the western market, how it’s divided, and how it is treated What is genre? Back in ye olden days of early America, when the music industry was taking its first steps as a new creature, genre was mostly divided by functionality (secular and religious) and then by audience (class and race). According to this article by the Pacific Standard, there were three main categories of popular music in America of the time: Race Records (African American), Hillbilly Music (poor white people), and Pop

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that this was all that the olden American music industry offered, but it is the three largest categories, the fingerprints of which we can still see on the popular music of today. Anyone can see with even cursory inspection just what it was that divided these genres - beyond just the type of music, deeper even than what the term “audience defined these categories were race and class, and, unfortunately, stigma within the music industry has not faded with its maturity; it’s just been better hidden. It’s at least in part because of these old stigmas, these long-standing mindsets, that genres such as Kpop is faced with such staunch reluctance by Western radio and Western public. According to Brian Patrick Byrne and Ahir Gopaldas in their recent article Radio, Why Won’t You Play BTS? they explore the ways and reasons that radio hosts don’t give BTS the attention they would if the band had been more western, singing more English, with the popularity that they clearly have. “I have had people [in the industry] say don’t get it.”


Within the article, the writers explain that it isn’t even just that BTS are non-Western, but due to the long standing stigma within the American music industry about music that is meant for teens. To the untrained eye, to the ignorant mind, BTS is a band mostly catering to teen audiences. In this scenario, both race (South Korean) and a type of class (supposed teen audiences) are working against the acceptance of BTS in mainstream America. It’s in this way that not enough about how the American music industry functions has changed in the past century. Anyone can see that this mindset is as ridiculous as it is antiquated, and yet it still stands in the minds of the majority. And, to be perfectly honest, there may not may seem like a defeatist way of looking at things, but, I assure you: it isn’t. We can’t change how people work in the industry, or how the industry functions as a whole. What we can change, however, is the way we feed into the negative stigma surrounding ALL of K-pop. Not just BTS. Because, coming back to the question of what genre is BTS? I would answer that they are K-pop. Yes, Taehyung has said that their “Genre is BTS” in the recent Grammy

interview. But they have also accepted the K-pop label. Just look at their song Idol - it was all about coming to accept that they can don’t have to pick a single lane, because, frankly, they’re larger than that. If BTS can accept it, then why can’t ARMY? Why do we fall into the trap of snubbing K-pop, when the same reasons that we look down on this genre are the ones that keep the Western Market from opening their minds to BTS? When it comes down to it, the best thing that ARMY can do for BTS, and having them be accepted by the mainstream market, is by that are in K-pop exist within every genre. surfaced in a plethora of other places, it’s not unique to South Korean idols. It is a genre with artists who should be respected for what they add to their craft. there’s nothing wrong with BTS being wrong is the stigma surrounding K-pop as a whole. Genre: BTS | 10


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lyricism in their works, instead of pushing their audience away, has helped build an even deeper connection with the ARMY fandom.

endearing, nor is it scientifically ‘best practice’ to attribute human characteristics to animals. Yet both are posited through the lyrical composition of BTS’ Whalien 52. In a personal blog titled, “5 Ways BTS Defies Songwriting Rules,” attorney/songwriter Ana Ribeiro described Whalien 52 as an example of linguistic agglutination. As such, this song maintains its lyrical uniqueness without crossing over to the realm of abstract absurdity.

Whether it’s abstract or straightforward; intuitive or observant; experiential or metaphorical - when it comes to lyrics, there is a fine line between originality and unrelatability. A line BTS is not afraid to cross as it seems. Not everyone may see a relationship between whales and aliens as

Likewise, in order to maintain the integrity of a song’s intended messages and emotions, poetic license may sometimes take precedence, allowing grammatical inconsistencies to override literary correctness. During the 2018 behind-the-scenes VLive of Love Yourself: Tear, RM cited these lyrics as

Lyricism is defined as an artist’s expression of emotions. For BTS it’s an art, a craft that the members dedicate themselves to, in addition to enhancing other aspects of their music. From peculiar metaphorical verses to layering them up like an onion, BTS has written some of the most impressive and


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examples, “you gave me the best of me so I’ll give you the best of you” from Magic Shop and “show you me, give you me” from Truth Untold. His intent was to demonstrate how lyric writing can be an invitation to embrace imperfection so that something more beautiful can emerge in its place. MORE THAN WORDS For many artists, including BTS, songwriting can be a liberating process where snippets of life are stored away for future use. In season 4 of Bon Voyage, V expressed his amazement at the existence of galaxies. Who knew that his words from that experience would later become a poignant moment of shared intimacy between V and his younger self in Inner Child? Similarly, when SUGA hoped that people would talk more openly about depression, BTS had already broached this sensitive topic within many of their group and solo songs. Songs like 00:00 (Zero O’Clock) are just a few examples of BTS’ lyrical contributions that revealed their frailties and vulnerabilities, struggles and shadows, in the hope that those in need would be comforted and in time, find healing for themselves. musicians and entertainers, Producer Bang Si-Hyuk has consistently emphasized the importance of sincerity. No matter how BTS expresses themselves, sincerity must always be at the heart of it. Over the years their musical styles have evolved, yet BTS members have continually found ways to express themselves in ways that resonate with their millions of ARMY fans throughout the world, without compromising their artistic integrity.

ONION LAYERS Onions might be a good metaphor to describe BTS’ lyrics; they are exactly like the vegetable - layered. Bangtan writes in a way that allows them to present multiple points of view on a topic in the same song, verses that can be interpreted in more than one way. Let’s take Outro: Tear as an SUGA, and J-Hope, each expressed their own RM we experience ‘tear’ as guilt and regret when a relationship comes to a painful end. SUGA takes us to a space of anger at the irony of the failed relationship while J-Hope’s verse acknowledges the ‘fear’ that comes from not knowing what lays ahead and having to find a way to move forward again. group; the members’ individual works reflect it as well. While songwriting can occur in isolation, many of their compositions arise out of the collaborative efforts of the members themselves, in conjunction with their in-house team of writers/producers, which also includes Bang Si-Hyuk himself. conversations, each word, line, verse, and Songwriting with BTS: A Dream Come True | 12


chorus is stringently unpacked for clarity of meaning, eventually culminating in the songs that end up in their albums, mixtapes or solo releases. A memorable song can’t only rely on good music though - it needs to incorporate lyrics that bedazzle, be that metaphorically or literally and it also needs to tell a story. BTS has more than one song that is memorable and these features tend to sign BTS’ lyricism as their own; like an engraving behind a watch characteristic expresses itself in their ability to weave lyrics together to create narratives within narratives, universes within universes, within and across their albums. SONGWRITING WITH BTS collaboration; the sun must cooperate with the soil to let beautiful orchids blossom. Collaboration is needed in all aspects of life, and it is the oxygen the music industry needs to breathe.” (Article: “Collaboration In Music: Nobody Does It Better” by Andy Bolter, 2017)

BTS are connoisseurs in the art of collaborative songwriting. Since their humble beginnings, they have been constantly co-writing songs with each other and with Big Hit’s in-house production team. Admittedly, this was born out of necessity in the early days when BTS were rookies who belonged to a non-descript agency. also recognize potential, and BTS is proof of that. As such, although some of the songwriters who have had the opportunity to collaborate with BTS over the years may not be considered global household names, Big Hit and BTS saw potential in reaching out to them. North Carolina rapper Clyde Kelly is one such sylvanian” earlier this year, Kelly talked about receiving an unexpected email from Big Hit Entertainment asking if he would like to the hit track, Black Swan, from their recent album Map of the Soul: 7. Musicians and close friends Vince Nantes and August Rigo were also part of that hit-making collaboration, with Nantes commenting on Twitter that it was a blessing to have been involved.


As with many of BTS’ songwriting collaborations, very rarely do external songwriters have the opportunity to meet BTS members directly. SUGA once commented that while he receives many requests from international artists to collaborate, BTS’ demanding schedule means that emails, phone calls, and text messaging become the primary means of communicating between everyone involved. Yet, somehow, the collaborators are able to make this arrangement work. Sometimes, a collaborating artist’s name will appear on several BTS songs as with DJ Swivel and Candace Sosa. Both are credited as co-writers for Love Maze, Euphoria, Magic Shop, I’m Fine, and BTS’ newest releases Moon, and Sosa attributes DJ Swivel for introducing her to BTS, commenting in an interview with Style Magazine that despite the distance and the ‘toing and froing’ of content there was still a lot of flexibility in the songwriting process. Sosa also celebrates Euphoria as kick-starting her songwriting career. Every now and then, BTS is given the opportunity to collaborate in the songwriting space with artists that they themselves admire.

Andrew Taggart with Best Of Me, Ed Sheeran (original version) and Lauv (remixed) for Make It Right and Troye Sivan who co-wrote Louder . Songwriting with BTS results in more than the finished song itself. Friendships are formed, careers are launched, and industry doors are opened. Likewise, skills are honed, talents are recognized and professional networks are developed. More importantly though, millions of listeners all over the world will expand their musical horizons simply because their beloved artists have collaborated with another. In the closing statement of Bolter’s IQ Live Music Intelligence article, he spoke of the importance of collaboration in the music industry. How heart-warming it is to see that “artists are still helping each other to build the foundations of their career. Big musicians are working with smaller musicians, rock stars are working with pop stars and the music world is thriving.” BTS are no exception. As global superstars, they too welcome opportunities to collaborate with artists from all walks of the music industry. Songwriting with BTS: A Dream Come True | 14


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After seven studio albums and hundreds of songs, BTS continues to evolve. Much like their own selves, their method of is showcased brilliantly in their recent release, Map of the Soul: 7 (MOTS:7). Here, BTS use symbolism through various works of contemporary art, allowing their own personal developments to come forth in subtle, yet powerful, ways. Rather than only focusing on the lyrics of their songs, BTS use multiple mediums to communicate messages to their audience. One of these is the fascinating construction of “concept photos”, albeit not unique to BTS and commonly used as 15 | The Power of Contemporary Art in Music

promotional material by other Korean artists as well. BTS’ concept photos often stir conversation about the hidden messages that form the thematic content for their album. Such conversations were all too present when concept photos for MOTS: 7 were released. In one image, BTS appear in all white with specks of white feathers unmistakable gaping hole through the hole creates the presence of dense, untextured blackness, contrasted by the glow of white.

contemporary artwork by British-Indian


creativity where everything is possible and nothing has actually happened. It’s a space of becoming … something that dwells in the presence of the work … that allows it or forces it not to be (Conversation between Anish Kapoor and Homi K. Bhabha, 1998, cited in: Exhibition Catalogue, London, Hayward Gallery, Anish Kapoor, 1998, p. 35)

MOTS: 7, Black Swan, as shown most clearly in the stage decorations of one of their live performances. In Black Swan, BTS discuss the fear of losing their love for their art – SUGA opens the song by saying “the heart no longer races when hearing the music play,” suggesting that BTS may have felt a lack of passion towards music at some artist, Anish Kapoor. Kapoor’s “Descent into Limbo” is constructed with a 2.5 meter-deep hole painted in dark black and creates an illusion of the hole having no depth to it, much like the hole in BTS’ concept photo. When discussing the Kapoor said the following:

thought of it more and more as a transitional space, an in-between space. It’s very much to do with time. I have always been interested as an artist in how one can somehow look

esteemed dancer Martha Graham, saying “a dancer dies twice – once when they stop most painful.”

Kapoor explains, is a means of addressing the internal void that an artist may develop. What do you do if you hate what you used to love? What do you do if your passion no longer excites you? How do you live if your life’s calling is suddenly gone? re-kindling the love for what has disappeared. In a space where nothing The Power of Contemporary Art in Music | 16


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“the heart no longer races when hearing the music play”

exists, anything can take form – that emptiness may appear stagnant, but it is vocal, and it tells the artist that there is space for creativity to begin.

journey to global stardom may have taken a toll on their love, their passion, and their creative energy towards music. Yet the emptiness that resulted from such an experience allowed them to grow and re-discover their passion. Instead of explicitly stating their experiences to the audience, they use contemporary art and concept photos to deliver the emotions that exist in their message. As fans interpret those images and understand the becomes personal to all. Kapoor’s work, and much of contemporary art, appeals for this very reason – the exact same creation may

by SUGA, is another powerful, personal Black Swan seems to express BTS’ struggle with loving music again, Interlude: Shadow presents the obstacles one might face when dealing with enormous fame and notoriety. SUGA has two “faces” in this video: one that expresses what he wishes to have, saying “I want to be a rap star, I want to be the top, I want to be a rockstar, I want it all mine...” and another that confronts this persona with “yeah you are me, I’m you... we are one lines that SUGA delivers also exist in melodic while the second being at a faster tempo with much more aggressive production. Clearly, SUGA is expressing an internal struggle about who he is and who he wishes to be. SUGA’s message is strengthened by the

not only develop a medium through which they can express themselves to their fans,

with SUGA standing in front of a closed door with thick lumps of red material

own experiences and emotions.

resemble another piece by Anish Kapoor. Titled “Svayambh,” meaning “self-made” in Sanskrit, is a large, messy installation of

contemporary art, nor is it the only time the group has referenced Anish Kapoor. Prior to the release of the concept photos, MOTS: 7, titled Interlude: Shadow

created out of red pigment, wax, and vaseline, are slowly dragged through multiple doors that are each a bit smaller than the block, resulting in the material


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being scraped onto the sides of the doorframe. According to Kapoor, “it’s as if it’s skinning itself as it goes through the doors” and could symbolize a “transition”

SUGA’s peril in Interlude: Shadow may represent a sort of transition – his journey from underdog to global superstar may parallel the block and its movement through one door to the next. With each new step into more fame and success, SUGA continues to change – continues to leave parts of him behind, but also resumes to develop and mature. At the end, he

him—one between a superstar and a normal young man—and accepts that reality. However, his past is not forgotten, as the red material remains visible on all the doors in the video. A stark reminder coming to terms with the past is essential when moving on in life. BTS’ use of contemporary art

references serve as alternate mediums that help communicate the complexity of emotions in BTS songs. Many other art references also exist throughout their past content, and more are certainly expected in the future. But as both BTS and Anish answers to what art represents. A lyric, a visual, a concept photo, or a contemporary art exhibit may all be interpreted

this is precisely where the power of art lies.

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BTS received recognition and world-wide acclaim for their music over the last seven years. A large part of their success comes from good management and great teamwork. But it can also be attributed in part to their broad horizons and willingness to explore new types of music in an industry where there is an industry-approved formula for success, and any deviation from that formula is often met with uncertainty - yet BTS deviate from it.

“Doesn’t have to be English to be a global phenomenon.”

BTS can truly be called a global phenomenon due to the influences of sound from other cultures that can be heard throughout their music. Their music being mostly in Korean has not deterred their success in any way. American DJ and collaborator Steve Aoki has said that their music “doesn’t have to be English to be a global phenomenon.” As far as vocals go, BTS seems to be partitioned off from one another in the same manner as other K-pop groups. There are singers, or the vocal line, that consists of Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook.

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The rap line, RM, SUGA, and J-Hope, also fits seamlessly into the vocal line.In the song Boy With Luv, J-Hope is heard rapping, but his lyrics are almost sung (although this could also be his style of delivery in general). Their rap line has early influence in hip-hop and trap, which has origins in Black American culture. It is important to note that SUGA and RM also have ties to the world of Underground Rap - that is to say, rap that is not considered commercialized or “mainstream.”

There are several stringed instruments heard in Ddaeng, along with another wind instrument, all of which are historically rooted in Asian music, Korean specifically. They mesh the old and new together by combining these instruments with rap over a beat that is commonly present in hip-hop music. Another phenomenon that seems to be a favorite of Korea is the Korean Ballad, or a K-Ballad, which is rooted in Blues. BTS’ piece Awake is one that falls solidly into this category.

The song We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2 features deep bass and a trap beat over a heavy 808 drum. The song seems to have a similar sound and feel to rap and hip-hop from the deep American South, also referred to as the ‘Dirty South.’

The piece features a sweeping set of strings over a beat and Jin’s wistful vocals singing of the desire to work harder to support his bandmates.

Mic Drop is another song that has a hip-hop beat, though not necessarily have that ‘dirty south’ sound to it. Interestingly enough, both the original song and the Steve Aoki remix feature the prevalent Asian influence. The heavy presence of a stringed instrument that is traditionally rooted in ancient East Asian music is heard throughout this piece and seems to drive much of the background harmony. Another song of theirs, Ddaeng, also takes inspiration from the members’ ethnic background.

There are several stringed instruments heard in Ddaeng, along with another wind instrument, all of which are historically rooted in Asian music, Korean specifically. They mesh the old and new together by combining these instruments with rap over a beat that is commonly present in hip-hop music. Another phenomenon that seems to be a favorite of Korea is the Korean Ballad, or a K-Ballad, which is rooted in Blues. BTS’ piece Awake is one that falls solidly into this category. The piece features a sweeping set of strings over a beat and Jin’s wistful vocals singing of the desire to work harder to support his bandmates.

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Idol, another piece of theirs, has a small part in the second verse where underneath J-Hope and SUGA’s rapping there is what sounds like a small woodwind, which is another type of instrument heard in traditional East Asian music. It is a fascinating song because the influence of Caribbean music (and a whistle) can be heard as their main melody. There is also the sound of snare drums playing along with the main melody, but it isn’t heavily featured in the song. It isn’t the first time BTS has turned to African or Latin culture for inspiration though. Airplane Pt. 2 has heavy Latin influence in the form of Salsa. Salsa music became popular in New York City in the 1960s in Cuban and Puerto Rican communities but originated in Cuba and is the result of several music genres including Son Cubano, Cha-Cha-Chá, Mambo, and a few others. Filter is another piece that has Latin influence, but it carries a heavy Merengue presence. Merengue originates in the Dominican Republic and is prevalent in Afro-Latino communities. Blood Sweat & Tears has a more familiar feeling to it, as many K-pop songs and even songs outside of K-pop fall under the same category – Moombahton. This is a relatively new genre, created in 2008 in Washington DC by American DJ Dave Nada. The genre is a mix of Reggaeton, Dancehall, House, Electro House, Dutch House, Afro-pop or Afro-fusion, and a few other genres.

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BTS has also leaned on African-American influence for their song Love Maze. The song itself has a pop vibe to it, but the vocals used in the song seem to be rooted in Rhythm and Blues, or also known as R&B. The rap line aside (which always sounds great), the melody is particularly well done and shows off the great range and good muscle control that the vocal line possesses. Their latest hit, ON, also borrows from American culture, but this time in the form of a marching band. Throughout much of the song, a drum cadence can be heard. For those who watched the music video, there are also many different types of drums present in different scenes. But the drum cadence heard through the main part of the piece is part of a drumline or a March. The March is an old music genre that was mainly used for the military throughout history and is by no means a strictly American thing.


“In this case, it can be said that BTS truly tries to connect to our humanity by linking us all together.” But the tune heard in the last quarter of the song is specifically reminiscent of American marching bands for sports, American football in particular. Despite having so many different influences for their music from all across the globe, the band still promote positive messages. Even though we all come from different backgrounds, the reason they appeal to such a wide, global audience is that we are all able to relate to the struggles that you would encounter.

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Adversity is not exclusive to any one group. In an interview with Apple Music, RM reflects on BTS’ relatability by stating, “I think there are so many people in the world that experience the same thing as us and that’s why they can relate to us and our message…” SUGA has said in an interview with Time, “We said what other people were feeling–like pain, anxiety or worries.” Music is something that moves living beings, both young and old. It affects us all down to the soul. There are many videos on YouTube that show the reaction of animals when they hear music. Every single time they are attracted to it. There are videos of dogs being put to sleep by soft music. Cows, bulls, and even elephants that hear music and move closer and stand around the source of it, just taking it in. There is even a farmer who plays music for his cows to boost their production of milk. Farm operations aside, humans are no different in that aspect. RM said it best when speaking with Today. “The most important thing is, you know, that music truly transcends language and nationalities…”

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CONNECT, BTS:

Serious Project or Artsy Whimsy? The Global Art Project of Global Artists The start of 2020 was a blast for BTS and ARMYs. The group started promotions for their latest album Map of the Soul: 7 in January. With BTS having 7 members - and this year being their 7th anniversary - the content they delivered to ARMYs was meant to tell the story of their 7, to stand above and tell the story of their past. Map of the Soul: 7’s comeback schedule was jam packed with the usual, yet well-loved, concept photos and comeback trailers, as well as the unfamiliar yet interesting “Art Film” and “Kinetic Manifesto Film: Come Prima.” However, the two latter items weren’t the only new types of content BTS tried out.

BTS proved they weren’t artists restricted to music. To celebrate their comeback, they also highlighted works of other artists from different parts of the world through CONNECT, BTS. CONNECT, BTS is a global art project which connects 22 artists across five cities: London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul, and New York. BTS funded a number of exhibitions in these cities, and also interviewed some of the featured artists to get to know more about their artworks and the process behind creating them. According to its website, “this project aims to redefine the relationships between art and music, the material and immaterial, artists and the audiences, artists and artists, theory and practice.”


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Most members of the art community found CONNECT, BTS to be beneficial for the art world. In an interview with NME, the Chief Technology Officer of London’s Serpentine Gallery Ben Vickers expressed how a lot of people are beginning to lose faith in art’s ability to spark change. By featuring the artworks of different artists to people all over the world, BTS is again breaking another barrier - this time between ARMYs and art enthusiasts and their various modes of media. Making people aware of different artworks and bringing back people’s faith in art is what CONNECT, BTS intends to accomplish. Of course, every project has criticisms, and CONNECT, BTS is no exception. Not everyone saw the global art project as revolutionary, therefore making the global art community divided. It got some members of the art community wondering, what makes a boy band qualified to promote art?

Mixed Reactions A CONNECT, BTS feature by Showcase, a Turkish public broadcasting service, alludes to BTS and art as an “odd combo” because of how bizarre it is that a boy group is featuring art. Showcase interviewed Director of The Gropius Bau Stephanie Rosenthal for the feature, during which the interviewer insinuated

that they (The Gropius Bau) participated in CONNECT, BTS for the money. The interviewer also bluntly asked Rosenthal if she had any fear that BTS was only using them as a publicity stunt. Rosenthal articulated that they participated in the project to share, The Gropius Bau’s message to a wider audience. The interviewer further expressed how she doesn’t know if she should take CONNECT, BTS seriously and asked Rosenthal to “convince” her. Rosenthal quickly fired with

“So, you’re thinking you shouldn’t take it seriously because it’s sponsored by a pop band? Is that what you’re saying?” The interviewer replied by calling BTS’s philosophy “too naive” whereas contemporary art is not. The whole interview implies one serious issue: some people find it difficult to digest projects which involve BTS and their identity as a pop group. The Royal Ballet also tweeted during the release of “Black Swan,” which disappointed ARMYs on Twitter. In the tweet, The Royal Ballet expressed their shock over finding out that the trending #BlackSwan hashtag wasn’t about their Swan Lake ballet. They also told people to forget about BTS. Media was also quick to pick up on the global art project mostly with articles highlighting surprise and skepticism. BBC referred to the artworks included in CONNECT, BTS as “balloons and scribbles.” Contemporary

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art guide ArtRabbit tweeted that “we never thought we’d mention those things (BTS and the artists) in the same sentence.” This further proves the difficulty some people experience in taking BTS seriously. Now we ask ourselves, why is this so? The mixed reactions from the art community hinted a dichotomy between the “serious” contemporary art and the “non-serious” popular art, as well as between contemporary art enthusiasts and ARMYs. Deep down, however, we know there isn’t really a difference. There’s a simple, but no less inexcusable, reason why people don’t accept BTS’ content.

as a surprise to anyone, if it weren’t for xenophobia stopping people from listening to BTS.

Xenophobia in various countries around the globe - particularly in the West - caused non-ARMYs to give BTS and their projects such as CONNECT, BTS condescending looks. According to The Washington Post, one comedian BTS and ARMY have been hurled a lot expressed his worry when he heard of stones, and we always face it with that “something Korean had exploded heads held high. However, it cannot be in America.” This shows that, despite denied that no matter how popular BTS their massive success worldwide, is, xenophobia will always slap us in the BTS still has a long journey ahead face. in breaking racial discrimination. Racism is not the only enemy here, but Xenophobia so is the hysterical stigma attached and the struggles BTS face to ARMYs and the distaste for soft masculinity. Pop culture Phil Yu The relationship between BTS and art mentioned that is not plainly evident to non-ARMYs “[BTS] don’t fit the mold of a but is already expected by the fans. traditional Western pop act, CONNECT, BTS is aligned with the attacking people’s notions of what group’s passion for art. V and RM can fly, what can be popular.” never fail to express their interest in art. SUGA’s “Interlude: Shadow” music He also added that this is why people video pays homage to artists Anish go after their looks, on how they Kapoor and Jean-Michel Basquait. don’t look “masculine.” The three CONNECT, BTS shouldn’t come off aforementioned enemies make non-


ARMYs uncomfortable with Asian artists such as BTS. This year, however, we have witnessed a huge success for the Asian entertainment industry: Bong Joon Ho’s movie “Parasite”. The Korean film “Parasite” by Bong Joon Ho received high praise worldwide and was also critically acclaimed by the international entertainment industry. The success of “Parasite” is considered a great feat for Asians, proving that Asians are slowly becoming recognized in the international entertainment industry. However, no matter how many accolades “Parasite” got, it still receives the “othering” treatment. Meaning the same entertainment industry that gave “Parasite” such accolades also treat the people behind the film differently. But even though the people behind “Parasite” receive this “othering” treatment, there’s no denying that people typically take “Parasite” more seriously than they do BTS. During the Golden Globes 2019, Bong Joon Ho said, “Once you overcome the one-inch barrier of subtitles, you

will be introduced to so many more amazing films.” Now that we can say “Parasite” was able to break into a world full of racism, we are left with another question to ask: despite the xenophobia, the fandom stigma, and the distaste of soft masculinity, how might we convince people to take BTS seriously? Aside from these three enemies, people also tend to think of pop artists as mere entertainers.

People should take BTS seriously because the boys are more than mere entertainers. They produce content strung with different kinds of philosophies and use their platform to help other people learn about various art - just like what they’re doing in CONNECT, BTS. Their music is also art, and ARMYs are exposed to this art. Through CONNECT, BTS, the group are expressing their interest in art and sharing other forms of art to ARMYs who might not even be aware that these contemporary arts exist. To say that popular art cannot be merged with contemporary art is wrong people can be enthusiasts of both popular and contemporary art.


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What has to be done? Despite being a pop group, BTS are still artists. Their heightened interest in art and the fusion of different kinds of philosophies into their music make them fit enough to create projects such as CONNECT, BTS and share contemporary art with the world. There is no dichotomy between contemporary and popular art and between enthusiasts of contemporary art and ARMYs. The socalled “dichotomy” only exists because of racism and other discrimination that BTS and ARMY receive. To call BTS’s philosophy “too naive” is a disrespect to their revolutionary artistry and the people who believe and take comfort from the messages they spread. BTS has woven meaningful topics into their songs, such as Jungian theories, Greek and Korean mythology, and now branches of contemporary arts. Their willingness to talk about these projects in the open is sufficient proof to say that CONNECT, BTS is indeed a credible and serious project. We don’t know when our battles against xenophobia and other stigmas will end. We know for sure that it will be a while before the need to convince people about BTS’s credibility dissipates. To be Asians in an industry full of discrimination is no easy task, but little by little BTS are earning the respect they deserve. If we also look at this situation in another

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lens, it is the entertainment industry who cannot keep up. It is the entertainment industry who has set their own standards of what artists and projects should be that causes them to find projects like CONNECT, BTS “too naive.” Among the many inspirational stories about art that we hear from CONNECT, BTS, keep in mind that BTS is also showing us something more; through CONNECT, BTS, they demonstrate their love for art. This is also their way of showing their love for ARMYs and the art community. A lesson that we can take away from here is that no matter how many criticisms we receive, let’s turn these criticisms as seeds for our growth and spread love. Love can turn discrimination into acceptance, and in no time people will stop thinking of projects such as CONNECT, BTS as odd. Perhaps SUGA’s comment that

“you’ll like BTS music if you listen without prejudice” could also be applied in another way: you’ll like their art if you engage without prejudice. Pop groups like BTS have the right to love art and recommend it to people without that art losing its credibility. It’s just a matter of people opening their eyes to racial acceptance, and we ARMYs are here to help these people understand and see the value in diversity.


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During the previous Korean 101 segments we learned about the Korean characters known as 믻. Now we move onto the exciting stuff! Forming a sentence using our newly acquired knowledge of 믻.

Ah, the humble sentence. Without the ability to form a basic sentence, how would we communicate efficiently? How do we form a sentence? We use grammar. Every language has grammatical rules, they are like a scaffolding structure used to help a builder build a house. Did you know that grammatical structures differ depending on the language? Just like how there are different brands of scaffolding, there are different types of grammar rules, each have their own quirks, but they all do the same job - help form sentences. For most native English speakers

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this idea may come as a surprise. But fear not, we will break down the basic Korean sentence structure together!

The object of the sentence is “cake� because it is the “cake� that is being eaten, the “cake� is the one being affected by the verb.

In English we use the sentence structure known as SVO or subject, verb, object. In Korean, however, it is flipped to SOV or subject, object, verb. If this is your first time hearing about these terms, it could be slightly confusing, so let me explain. A verb is an action word, for example “to walk,� “to talk,� “to do,� and “to love.� Notice, these are all words we can perform. While the subject of a sentence is who or what is performing that action. In English, the subject is usually the first thing in every sentence, while objects follow the verb and are usually last. Objects and subjects can be easily mixed up, so let’s use an example sentence:

In Korean, the sentence would be â€œí—ťě‚?ďš„íłťí•Żíš§ě?ˇďš„ě ´ěƒ&#x;.â€? If we directly translate it, the sentence would look like this: “I cake eat.â€? Why? Because Korean uses a subject (I), object (cake) and verb (eat) sentence structure.

“I eat cake.� Can you pick out the verb? What is the action being done? It’s “eat.� The subject is “I� because “I� is the one performing the action “to eat�.

Are you still finding it difficult to work out the subject and object of a sentence? It’s okay! Korean has your back! Korean has a very convenient rule that I highly recommend utilizing. When forming your sentences you do not have to use a subject or object if they are both implied through context.


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You would likely have stumbled across the phrase â€œěş§ě–Œî?“ěƒ&#x;â€? which is translated as “I love you.â€? However, if we were to directly translate this sentence it would be translated as “to loveâ€?. This is because in Korean you can omit the subject and often the object, hence the sentence does not include a subject or object. For example, if you were looking at your pet and said â€œěş§ě–Œî?“ěƒ&#x;â€?, the person standing next to you would assume you were talking to your pet, not to them. Hence, you would not have to use the subject or object, because they have already been assumed. You can also use just the object and verb, omitting the subject. This is the case, especially if the subject of the sentence is you (or I). Have you noticed when BTS say they love ARMY, they never say â€œí—ťě‚?ďš„íŒżě§łě?ˇďš„ěş§ě–Œî?“ěƒ&#x;â€?? They will usually say â€œíŒżě§łě?ˇ ěş§ě–Œî?“ěƒ&#x;.â€? That is because ARMY already know who the subject is, the subject is BTS and ARMY is the object of their love. Have you noticed theě‚? andě?ˇ markers I keep using in the

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example sentences? They are called particles and are generally used to mark the subject and object.픝ě‚? is used for the subject of the sentence. You use ě‚? if the subject ends with a vowel, for example Ë˜í—ťË™ ends with the ‍ڞ‏vowel, hence you attach the ě‚?particle.픝 is ě‚?’s partner particle and is used when the subject ends with a consonant, “ ě¨¤íşżěž‡ëźżěƒŁâ€? ends in a ‍ Ú&#x;‏which is a consonant, hence the픝particle is used.


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ě?ˇ and it’s partner particle픿 is used for the object of the sentence. Just like 픝ě‚? 픿ě?ˇ has the same application rules. ě?ˇ is used for objects ending with a vowel, for example Ë˜íŒżě§łâ€? ends in a ‍ێ‏vowel, thereforeě?ˇ is used to mark the subject.픿 is used for words ending in a consonant. I recommend trying to practice using these particles as often as possible so they become second nature when applying them to your subjects and objects. So using this new knowledge of Korean sentence structures, can you create your own sentences using the words below? ě ´ěƒ&#x;

VERBS

ě&#x;ƒíƒ—ěƒ&#x; î?“ěƒ&#x; 망ěƒ&#x;

íš†íŒżî?“ěƒ&#x; ěş§ě–Œî?“ěƒ&#x;

To Eat To Drink To Do To Go To Like To Love

îŒˇí–‹

íłťí•Żíš§ í—ť

íŒżě§ł

NOUNS Pizza Cake I ARMY

ě¨¤íşżěž‡ëźżěƒŁ BTS í¨Ł

Tea

핇�

Music

íł&#x;îŒˇ

Coffee

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At this point, it would be impossible to be an ARMY and not be familiar with the term “Map of the Soul,” considering it has now been a part of two consecutive BTS album titles, establishing itself as a part of the rhetoric surrounding BTS and their music. However, you may not know where the inspiration came from in the first place. Enter Jung’s Map of the Soul: An Introduction, written by Dr. Murray Stein. Jungian psychology is well known as being difficult to delve into, but in this book Dr. Stein lays down the basics and provides some unique insights.

This book launches his series, followed by more in-depth works on “Persona and Shadow”, two terms which should also sound familiar by now. Volume three in the series, Map of the Soul - Ego: I Am, just came out on May 1, rounding out the traditional Persona-Shadow-Ego trifecta of Jung’s famous psychological theory. BTS’s use of this source material has created a surge in interest in Jungian psychological theory - if you haven’t yet caught this wave, check out this introduction first before jumping into the rest of the series!

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BTS ROUND UP!

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16 April (BTS Special): Bring The Soul: The movie @JTBC (11 PM KST)

13 March BTS’ V – ‘Sweet Night’ (“The ‘Itaewon Class’ OST Part.12 ) [Released]

30 March Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special (US Time) 14 April Run BTS! 100th Episode part 1

21 April Run BTS! 100th Episode part 2

18 April BTS Concert At Home BANG.BANG.CON [2015 HYYH On Stage,2016 HYYH On stage: Epilogue,2014 The Red Bullet,3rd Muster ] @BangtanTV YouTube & Weverse - For the first time ever BTS will air all of there concerts for free. 19 April BTS Concert At Home BANG.BANG.CON [2017 The Wings tour,2017 The Wings tour The final,4th Muster,2018 LY Seoul] @BangtanTV YouTube & Weverse

23 April (BTS Special): Bring The Soul: Documentary series @JTBC (11 PM KST) 30 April (BTS Special): Bring The Soul: Documentary series @JTBC (11 PM KST) 7 May (BTS Special): Bring The Soul: Documentary series @JTBC (11 PM KST) 14 May (BTS Special): Love Yourself in Seoul @JTBC (11 PM KST)


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Game Answers 1. Background changed 2. Jungkook’s hair is green 3. RM’s hair is pink 4. Jimin’s colour is red 5. V’s jacket is blue 6. Suga’s shirt is missing stripes

7. A missing rose in front of J-hope 8. Koya in next to V 9. BTS logo on Jin’s shirt 10. J-hope has a heart on his sleeve

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