Mapping The BTS Success Story

| Updated: June 22, 2022 7:12 pm

June 21 was World Music Day!! What better way to raise a toast to music than to hum down memory lane with the BTS!! 

Despite the recently announced hiatus, the septet RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook keep ARMY engaged with regular posts and sneak peeks into their day.

Here’s a look at the massively successful BTS story-

2010: Formed in September 2010 as “Bulletproof Boy Scouts,” a name in many of their pre-debut songs. The name was used for Ashes, penned by Lim Jeong-hee and featuring RM of BTS and IRON, a pre-debut band member who left for unknown reasons. 

2011: In July 2011, BTS opened its Twitter account, which currently has 39.8 million followers. On December 17, 2012, the group introduced themselves to the world on social media.

2013: BTS made its debut on June 13, 2013, under the Big Hit Entertainment banner with “2 Cool 4 Skool,” featuring their first single track, No More Dream. In November 2013, they were recognized for their work when they won “Best New Artist” at South Korea’s “Melon Music Award.”

2014: Released three albums in the year: “Skool Love Affair in February, “Dark & Wild” in August, and the group’s first Japanese album “Wake Up” in December. BTS also performed at various global concerts, including their first shows in Europe, the US, and Asia. 

2015: The group released “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life- Part I” in 2015. Followed by “The Most Beautiful Moments in Life- Part II” which made it to Billboard 200, BTS’s first album to be included in the list.

2016: Release of albums that included “The Most Beautiful Moments in Life: Young Forever,” “Wings” and their second Japanese album “Youth.” For “Forever Young,” they won South Korea’s Melon Music Award. 

2017: The band released the album “Love Yourself: Her” with the lead single “DNA” which hit the No. 7 spot on Billboard 200. Meanwhile, their growing popularity brought them to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live, among other TV shows. BTS was also “the most Tweeted celebrity of the year, 2017.”

2018: Debuted at the Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) in 2018. The group gave an empowering speech at the Un headquarters that went viral on the internet, urging their fans to fight discrimination and poverty.

BTS was also named on “Time’s 100 Most Influential People List,” and New York’s historic Empire State Building was lit purple every hour for a few minutes in honor of the band.

2020: When the world shut down during the Covid-19 pandemic, BTS adapted themselves to a new format of connecting with their fans. By conducting various online concerts, the band spread the message of solidarity and hope to their fans. They even donated a whopping $1 million towards the cause of “Black Lives Matter.”

2021: The band performed at the 63rd Recording Academy Awards and released their mega-hit single “Butter.” This was followed by their Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping collaboration with Coldplay for the track “My Universe.” Towards the end of the year, the group held its first live concert in the USA.

2022: “Proof,” an anthology album with three new tracks, was released on June 10. The band celebrated its ninth anniversary on June 13. The K-Pop group announced a hiatus to focus on their solo careers a day later.

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