Why You Should Care About The Korean Boy Band BTS, Who Are More Popular Than Beyoncé

If you haven’t heard of BTS, you’ve probably been living under a rock for the past couple of years. You might ask why you should even care about a South Korean boy band, and the answer is simple — they’re taking over the world.

BTS, or as they’re also known, Bangtan Boys, isn’t just infiltrating the American music industry. They’re crashing it. They’ve set almost every record imaginable for an Asian-based group, ranked #1 on the Social 50 charts, and have a fan base that the music industry hasn’t seen since Justin Bieber.

And So It Began…

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They first began their formation back in 2010 after music executives in South Korea met with RM (the leader of the band) and were impressed with his rapping. The seven-member boyband wasn’t fully formed until 2012 and began to get some hype when they did YouTube covers and released some music on SoundCloud.

They released their first album in June 2013 called 2 Cool 4 Skool and the album peaked at number five on the Gaon Album Chart and sold 145,000 copies.