With a rapidly growing fan-base that religiously follows everything they get up to, it's perhaps no surprise that BTS were recently named one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Internet" by TIME Magazine. Now the renowned publication has sat down for a chat with the group's leader, Rap Monster, to gain some insight into BTS' rise to global phenomenon.
In his new interview with TIME Magazine, Rap Monster opened up about the origins of how BTS first came together, saying that he had initially joined Big Hit Entertainment back in 2010 and each member gradually joined the group over the course of the next 3 years before BTS' debut.
Upon being asked when BTS started realising that they were developing a global fandom, Rap Monster says that the group were so focused on working hard that it wasn't until they started being invited to various KCON festivals around the world during 2014-2015. The BTS leader reveals that the realisation dawned on the boys when thousands of fans at these festivals started chanting their name, not to mention how almost everyone had memorised all the Korean lyrics of their songs.
One thing that established BTS early on is their constant social media presence, something that has resulted in millions of followers on almost every notable social media platform. But while everyone is curious about the secret behind BTS' social media success, including TIME, Rap Monster says that there's no real secret as all the BTS members simply enjoy showcasing all the things that go on in their lives on a regular basis. ARMYs will also be glad to know that while BTS may not get the chance to reply to fan comments often, the boys do try and read all the reactions and replies sent to them.
With such a rapid rise through the K-pop ranks over the past couple of years, the interesting question is what differentiates BTS from other big-name groups. For Rap Monster, there's no real secret other than the motivation to keep working hard and improving, all while infusing real-life issues that everyone goes through into their lyrics.
After such a monumental 12 or so months, it will be difficult to top everything that had happened to BTS but Rap Monster isn't too worried. Having had their eyes opened following their trip to the U.S, he is simply excited to see what happens next, a sentiment that their fans undoubtedly have about BTS' upcoming projects.
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