TXT Thanks BTS for Warm Support

Newly debuted K-pop boy group TXT expressed how they’re thankful of their senior group BTS.

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The March 11 episode of “Section TV Entertainment News” is to feature the interview with BigHit Entertainment’s newly debuted group TXT.

TXT has garnered much attention even before the debut. As “BTS’ brother group,” TXT made their name known, which resulted in an impressive record of 10 million MV views in 13 hours.

In the interview, TXT members are to introduce themselves individually. Members are to share the signature choreography of their debut title song, “Crown,” as well as to show some “aegyo” for the fans.

TXT member Yeon-jun especially thanked the senior group, BTS, for mentioning TXT at the Grammys.

“It was such an honor and we’re always thankful of them for giving out thoughtful advice all the time,” said Yeon-jun.

“If the opportunity allows, we also want to go abroad to share show our efforts and performances to more people,” he added, sharing the group’s ambition.

 

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Big Hit Entertainment Confirms BTS’ Junior Group

Famous for its globally renowned K-pop boy group BTS, Big Hit Entertainment is to debut a new boy group early next year.

According to multiple sources, Big Hit Entertainment’s new boy group is on its way with a plan to debut early next year, possibly in March.

Previously, the entertainment management agency announced to launch a new boy group, with unconfirmed debuting plans.

Multiple sources from entertainment industry suggested that the new boy group would debut in March 2019. In addition, rumors about the survival audition show turned out to be false.

With the great success of BTS, many are anticipating to see if BTS’ junior group will bring another chance for global fame.

 

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Japanese Show Cancels BTS Appearance Due to Controversial Atomic Bomb T-shirt

The cancellation of an appearance by BTS on a Japanese TV show has caught the attention of the world and uncovered still festering wounds between Japan and Korea. CNN, Billboard, BBC, The Guardian, Reuters, and Vox have all published articles related to the event analyzing the history that BTS member Jimin’s t-shirt seemed to highlight.

On Thursday TV Asahi’s program “Music Station” decided to cancel the boy group’s appearance which was set to take place the next  day. Big Hit Entertainment broke the news to BTS’ Japanese fan club of the cancellation afterward.

On the same day, “Music Station” posted a notice on their homepage explaining the reason for the cancellation. “Previously, a BTS member wore a t-shirt that caused a stir and was covered by the media, and we reached out to BigHit about the incident,” it said. However, ultimately the program “decided not to have BTS participate.”

The shirt in question is a white short-sleeve t-shirt that includes the sentence “PATRIOTISM OURHISTORY (sic) LIBERATION KOREA” multiple times on the back with two pictures. One depicts the United State’s 1945 atomic bomb drop on Nagasaki, Japan that killed around 70,000 to 146,000 people. The other is of Koreans celebrating their independence on August 15, 1945. Member Jimin was pictured in the shirt, and the image began circulating in October although he wore the shirt in 2017 during a world tour.

The impact from the incident has gotten missed responses with some questioning the relevancy if the t-shirt given that Jimin wore it last year. On fan with the surname Kang (31) said that it was because “Japan’s music industry has declined while K-pop has gained popularity” with BTS being the reason. Japan currently has the second largest music industry in the world behind the U.S., with South Korea ranking eighth as of 2017.

Others have speculated that BTS’ is being used by right-wing conservatives in Japan to instigate anti-Korean sentiments. However, Japanese netizens and fans of the group have agreed that “BTS should have given more thought to Japanese fans,” finding the fashion choice an insulting. At the same time, other fans of the group have started to used the hashtag #LiberationTshirtNotBombTshirt to circulate a post on social media attempting to explain the meaning of the shirt.

Meanwhile, BTS is expected to continue with their planned tour of Japan later this month.

 

 

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BTS Confirmed to Attend and Perform at the 2018 Asia Artist Awards

BTS confirms attendance for the 2018 Asia Artist Awards amidst busy schedule!

On October 5, BTS confirmed their attendance, as well as performance, for the upcoming 2018 Asia Artist Awards. The ceremony will take place on November 28 at the Namdong Gymnasium in Incheon, South Korea.

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Many K-Pop stars have already confirmed to attend this particular awards. The lineup revelation started with Wanna One in August, followed by Seventeen and TWICE. Furthermore, “Mr. Sunshine” actor Lee Byung-Hun also confirmed to attend, generating much buzz in the community. In addition, Super Junior’s Leeteuk and actress Lee Sung-Kyung confirmed to host the awards.

At last, the 2018 AAA makes its lineup even greater by including the sensational boy group BTS in its list of artists in attendance. The group’s attendance was as expected due to their growing popularity across the globe.

Meanwhile, the 2018 AAA will continue to announce a total of 20 artists and 20 actors who will attend the ceremony. It reportedly plans to turn the whole first floor into a standing section this year, thus hoping to create a “crazy festival,” where fans and artists can enjoy their time together.

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“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” Confirm Date for BTS Appearance

Date has been confirmed for BTS to appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!”

On September 18, NBC’s “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” officially announced the date of BTS’ appearance on the show. According to the Twitter post, the group will make an appearance on September 25 and live perform their newest title track “IDOL.”

https://twitter.com/FallonTonight/status/1042260179302182913

Thus, the boy group manages to appear in 3 major talk shows in the United States in 2018, starting with “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve” in January. They have also been on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

They also performed a special stage on “America’s Got Talent” on September 12. This will be their first time appearing on “The Tonight Show.”

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BTS Replace Yasushi Akimoto’s ‘Bird’ on Japanese Album After Backlash

Yasushi Akimoto is credited for being the producer behind AKB48, but he will no longer get any credit on BTS’ upcoming Japanese album.

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BigHit Entertainment issued a statement on September 16 announcing its decision to replace the Yasushi Akimoto written song “Bird” from BTS’ upcoming Japanese album.

In the announcement, they said that they would be making some changes for productions purposes. Instead of making their comeback with Akimoto’s “Bird,” a remixed version of “Idol” and “Fake Love” will replace the song. “Bird” will be removed from the album altogether.

Earlier, BTS announced that the lyrics for their title track “Bird” was written by renowned J-pop producer Yasushi Akimoto. Akimoto is famous for creating the massive Japanese girl group AKB48.

However, he is also known for utilizing the controversial rising sun flag that harkens back to Japanese imperialism. As such, he is viewed negatively by many Koreans who lean conservative. Further, Akimoto has also been criticized for sexual commercialization of AKB48.

Because of his controversial career, BTS fans expressed concern that cooperating with Akimoto would negatively impact the group’s future. Consequently, they voiced strong opposition condemning Akimoto and demanding the group no longer associate with him and his work.

 

 

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BTS Talks About New Album, Contract Renewals, Their Growth Since Debut

“We hope it’s an album that we can celebrate like a festival with our fans”

On August 24, BTS made a much awaited comeback with “Love Yourself: Answer,” the grand finale to their “Love Yourself” series. After finishing off their first concert to “BTS WORLD TOUR ‘LOVE YOURSELF'” in success, the group participated in a press conference to share their thoughts about the newest album, as well as contract renewals and growing as a group since debut.

First, the group explained a little bit about their newest album. Suga said, “this is the last album to our “Love Yourself” series, which started in March, 2016. This album includes everything about our motto, “Loving yourself is the definition of true love.””

RM continued, “while this album is indeed the grand finale, we try to not mind the numerical results. We just hope this can be like a festival, where fans and even us can enjoy it like it is.”

Overall, the group emphasized on the concept of “festival” regarding their newest album. RM explained, “when we first decided to put “festival” as our main concept, I had lots of concerns. To be honest, a festival takes a long time to produce and organize, and you also have to keep in mind the aftermath, cleaning the mess up afterwards. I thought in that way, a festival was similar to life. As a result, I thought the end to “Love Yourself” should be like a festival, enjoying the moment, despite how short it is. Let’s put down our worries and enjoy our life as it is.”

BTS also shared about how they were able to grow as a group throughout the “Love Yourself” Series. Suga said, “we talk to producer Bang Si-Hyuk a lot when we work on our albums. We tried to think about the things that make us happy, suffer, among other emotions. As we work on our music through those feelings, we finally feel like we have matured as human beings. Both musically and humanly, we have grown. I feel much regret that the series is coming to an end, but glad that I was able to take one step further into being a better, mature person.”

Jimin added, “while we were doing the “Love Yourself” series for the past two years and a half, we realized we weren’t able to love ourselves. We were lost at some point, we didn’t know if we were on the right track, and I was being harsh on myself the most. However, I decided to trust myself and my members from now on, and just do the best that I can.”

At last, they also answered questions about their contract renewals with BigHit Entertainment. As a group entering their 6th year since debut, many people wondered if they would be able to break the curse of 7th year. In response, Jin said, “we talk about the issue frequently among members, as well as our agency. We think we will be able to come back with a very positive news soon.”

In conclusion, RM mentioned briefly about their next step after “Love Yourself” series. The leader said, “we plan to keep tellings stories that we need to, and we want to. We think we will start working on our next album very soon. It’s important that we continue doing what we do – telling stories we want everyone to hear.”

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[M/V] BTS Says They are Proud to be Called “IDOL” in New Music Video

It’s finally here! BTS proudly returns and says nothing can stop them from loving themselves.

On August 24, BTS finally released the grand finale to their “Love Yourself” series, “Love Yourself: Answer.”

The series started with “Love Yourself: Her” in 2017. Afterwards, they released “Love Yourself: Tear,” which helped them to gain recognition in countries all over the world. The title track for the newest album is “IDOL,” through which BTS says they are proud of being called an “idol” or an “artist,” whatever fans prefer.

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BTS Reveals to Have Collaborated with Nicki Minaj for Upcoming Album

BTS reveals they have collaborated with rapper Nicki Minaj for a track in the upcoming “Love Yourself: Answer” album!

BTS, with a release of their upcoming album ahead of them, revealed that they have collaborated with rapper Nicki Minaj. The track they worked on together is entitled “IDOL,” which is a special digital track that is not included in the physical copy of the album.

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BigHit Entertainment reports that BTS sent Nicki Minaj a request to feature a song in the album. After finishing their work on the album, the group thought her rapping style would suit the track perfectly, and the rapper willingly accepted the request.

Moreover, the agency says Nicki Minaj’s unique rap style will compliment the original track in a new way. Different from “IDOL” that’s actually included in the physical album, “IDOL feat. Nicki Minaj” will take things on a whole new level.

Thus, this news add on to the anticipation among fans all around the world, as they await the big finale of the grand “Love Yourself” series that have been going on for two and a half years.

Meanwhile, BTS is releasing their “Love Yourself: Answer” album on August 24 at 6PM, KST. Afterwards, the group will hod their solo concerts in Seoul, performing their newest tracks for the first time in front of fans.

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