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A year ago this past week, over 100 people from across 30 countries came to Kingston University just outside of London to attend a two-day BTS: Global Interdisciplinary Conference.

Researchers, scholars, and fans alike who have an affection for BTS gathered together to analyze the BTS phenomenon with an academic perspective and to exchange insights.

ARMYs are often misunderstood or misrepresented as “young teenage girls” who are “obsessing over a boyband.” This BTS conference certainly wasn’t about “fans” just hanging out. ARMYs and academics attended this academic space to learn and discuss the impact of BTS.

The ultimate aim was,


BTS at the Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve celebration to ring in the 2020 year.

(CNN Español) — If you know what K-pop is, you know that social networks are its world. The followers of this musical genre that originated in South Korea are not only very active in their publications, but they have managed to transcend the musical spectrum to speak out on social causes or sabotage political labels in both the United States and Latin America. Those who follow the group BTS, one of the most popular of the genre, call themselves ARMY, there are tens of thousands around the planet and have raised millions of money for social causes. …


Hello everyone,

It’s Admin C.

I am here standing and apologizing to all ARMYs, researchers, scholars, academics, and BTS for letting you all down in regards to our tweets about Emily and the WSJ article on behalf of Bangtan Scholars.

It was our error. We are reflecting on the situation and admit we contributed to the hurt, sadness, disappointment, and anger that many fans feel, and for that we apologize.

We want to clarify that three team members presented their individual research at the conference where Emily’s & Fatima’s research findings were presented but we did not see theirs specifically…


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In 2020, we saw the rise of more media outlets contacting ARMYs in a variety of ways. Even more so, in the last couple of years as BTS’ trajectory has expanded worldwide, the fandom has grown.

That means that as BTS ARMY, we all need to help everyone by providing them with useful resources to bring forth a safe and healthy fandom community.

ARMY is the face of BTS

BTS’ road to success wasn’t made overnight. If you’ve encountered ARMYs who joined the fandom in its early years, many of them had to overcome countless media play scenarios, unjust accusations of the use of ‘Payola,’ and…


The Annual Gala Dinner is the Korea Society’s premier event of the year, celebrating the U.S.-Korea relationship as well as honoring those who work towards maintaining this special alliance.

This year, in light of health and safety concerns regarding COVID-19, they decided to “recreate” their Annual Gala as a virtually-celebrated event, with the theme “Enduring Alliance, Expanding Horizons.

President Moon Jae-in was the gala’s Keynote Speaker for the night. BTS was announced as one of honorees of The Korea Society’s Van Fleet Award alongside its other recipients, U.S. Korean War Veterans Honorable — Charles B. …


by Hwang Deok-ho

The following is a translation of OPs tweet they shared about a music column within a Korean journal published.

Apologies in advance if the translation isn’t as accurate. If you have any suggestions to make, let us know. We hope you understand.

Original Tweet:

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It happened on July 12, 1979, at Comiskey Park, a baseball stadium in Chicago, United States. The stadium was scheduled to host a double-header game between the Chicago White Sox and the Detroit Tigers. That year, the Chicago White Sox lost consecutive games from the beginning of the season, and the…


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BTS, the seven-member South Korean boy band once again returned to the United Nations to deliver another message of hope during the times of COVID-19.

Exactly, two years ago BTS were invited in person to speak at the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September 2018, delivered a similar message during the virtual commencement “Dear Class of 2020” by YouTube in June of this past year & most recently at Korea’s first-ever Youth Day.

During this year’s speech at the 75th session of the U.N. General Assembly, all the members, shared their difficulties from cancelling…


Whether it be lyrics, handwritten notes, a video through BANGTANTV or speeches, BTS has always delivered great inspirational, heartfelt messages to everyone across all nations, genders & ages.

Previously, BTS gave speeches at the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York in September 2018 & delivered a similar message during the virtual commencement “Dear Class of 2020” by YouTube in June of this past year.

To celebrate Korea’s First Youth Day, BTS was invited to the Blue House to give a speech. …


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BTS is an idol group that officially debuted in South Korea in 2013 with the lead single “No More Dream” from the mini-album “ 2 Cool 4 Skool. The group has seven members: RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, V, Jimin, and Jungkook.

Since their debut, they have released countless of singles & albums. BTS have been on the Hot 100 chart previously, reaching №4 with “ON” in February, as well as ranking 8th with the song “Boy With Luv” ft. Halsey, and their 10th win with “FAKE LOVE.”

BTS’s “Dynamite,” released on August 21, 2020 had reached worldwide success immediately being…

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