In a new cover story for ‘The Hollywood Reporter,’ BTS is talking fame, fortune,
and staying on top. With the K-pop group’s leader, RM, telling the magazine,
“We have to consider ourselves not just better [than other K-pop acts], but the best…
When we’re out there on that stage, we’re there to conquer. We think we’re the ones.”
Yeah, well so does the A.R.M.Y.! And speaking of, hey A.R.M.Y, here are some other
takeaways from the interview you might find interesting.
BTS wasn’t an immediate success. Apparently, back in 2014, only 200 people showed up
to their first free show in LA. Five years later, of course, they’re selling out arenas all
over the world. The band is as tight as can be. While they’re usually on the road living it
up, back home in South Korea, all seven members share a $7 million condo, sleeping
two and three in a room, dorm style, Banksy art on the walls and all.
The A.R.M.Y. is mostly female. A Korean study found that about 83 percent of BTS fans
are female, with 45 percent of them falling between the ages of 10-30. And in the U.S.,
the audience also skews toward young females.
They almost went by another name! Music mogul Bang “Hitman” Si-Hyuk, who put the
group together in 2012 for Big Hit Entertainment, revealed he thought about several
alternate names, including Big Kids and Young Nation.
That little five-week hiatus? As Suga put it, “It’s not a big deal,” with RM adding,
“It’s literally a vacation… I’m just a young man who likes to watch ‘Stranger Things’ on
Netflix and loves to eat and drink beer…but I turn on CNN and BBC and they’re talking
about our vacation. It feels like we’re living in a different world.”
And finally, their social media numbers are outrageous! BTS has three of the top 25
most retweeted Twitter posts of all time, second only to former Pres. Barack Obama.
Oh, and A.R.M.Y., when they personally respond to comments, Jin said,
“We do it because we really like it.”
To check out our full recap of BTS’ interview with ‘The Hollywood Reporter,’
head on over to Billboard.com.
And until next time, for Billboard News, it’s your girl Jordyn Rolling.