BTS Jimin Tops December’s Individual Idol Brand Ranking

Jimin from BTS top’s this month ranking for individual idols, followed by Wanna One’s Kang Daniel, and MAMAMOO Hwasa.

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According to an analysis of data from Nov. 28 to Dec. 29, the Korea Enterprise Institute determined that BTS member Jimin took the top spot out of 100 candidates from the biggest individual idol brand.

The brand reputation index is determined by evaluating the online habits of consumers. For this, the Institute analyzed the effect that 100 idols had on brand consumption measured through positive evaluation, media attention, consumers’ interest, and communication.

Jimin’s brand reputation index had 12,506,372 points in total. Goo Chang-hwa, the head of the Institute commented that the singer plays a central role in BTS’ sound and mainly responsible for the executing parts that are of a higher vocal range. ”

A mournful voice seduces the fans’ ears…and is a contemporary dancer. His personality is gentle and nice…and he listens well” Goo said, listing some of Jimin’s appealing qualities. Consumer associated words like “cool,” “cute,” and “warm” with the singer and used words “beautiful” and “romantic” as keywords.

In second place in Kang Daniel with 11,949,952 points and third in Hwasa with 11,062,222. The MAMAMOO member’s appearance on “I Live Alone” hugely appealed to the general public, most likely increasing her general popularity. Meanwhile, BTS V and BLACKPINK Jennie round out the top 5 in fourth and fifth place, respectively.



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Park Seo-Joon Mentions Friendship with BTS V, Park Hyung-Sik, and Choi Woo-Shik

Park Seo-Joon mentions his friendship with BTS’ V, Park Hyung-Sik, and Choi Woo-Shik and reveals how they all became close despite the age differences!

For the December issue of Star Style magazine ‘HIGH CUT,’ actor Park Seo-Joon so gracefully decorated the cover. He showcased a variety of “street style” outfits, much different from the image we had established of him with a suit and tidy hairstyle.

During the interview that followed the photoshoot, Park Seo-Joon talked about his upcoming film ‘The Divine Fury.’ Park said, “just by looking at the genre, you may feel like this will be just another action film. However, I think it’s going to be a rather heartwarming piece. First, I think the draft itself will be a lot of fun. I’ve always wanted to challenge myself in these types of films, so I’m very excited in general.”

Park Seo-Joon also mentioned his latest drama “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?” and revealed the secret to pulling off rather unrealistic settings and lines. The actor said, “that was the hardest part. People had this certain expectation for me, especially those who have seen the original comic. It was a lot of pressure for me to act in accordance to the original work, yet still having to show a new aspect to it.”

He continued, “it took me a while to figure out the tone and the way my character talks. I was always thinking how to not make things awkward with my gestures, always wondering if this particular gesture would go along with the characteristics of Lee Young-Joon. However, I was getting greedy. I didn’t want to let go of this chance because I worried that with my age, I wouldn’t get another opportunity to play in the role of such a character. Also, I knew there will be more dramas based on web-toons now, and there’s bound to be another character like Lee Young-Joon. I wanted to be the first one.”

At last, Park Seo-Joon mentioned his friendship with BTS’ V, Park Hyung-Sik, and Choi Woo-Sik. More specifically, the actor explained how they became so close despite their age differences, which plays a significant role in developing relationships in South Korea.

He said, “I don’t realize I’m older than they when I meet with them. They talk formally to me, but except for that, we are just like any other friends. I think I’ve been partnering up with younger actors in my latest works, so that’s definitely had some impact on my social life. Naturally, we became close.”

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Wanna One Park Ji-Hoon and Ha Sung-Woon Mention Friendship with BTS Jimin and V

Wanna One’s Park Ji-Hoon and Ha Sung-Woo take the time to share some fun memories with their friends, BTS Jimin and V!

On November 15 broadcast of KBS “Happy Together,” members of Wanna One appeared as a guest. During the episode, the members took the liberty to share only the funniest anecdotes about their time as Wanna One, as if trying to cherish the moment before their contract comes to an end in December.

Kang Daniel begun, “I’m very greedy for TV programs nowadays. I even had a meeting with my friends to what stories I should share. Every time I thought of a funny story, I called the writer of ‘Happy Together.'”

During the episode, Park Ji-Hoon proudly stated that he is now gaming friends with BTS’ V, of whom he was a big fan before his grand debut. Park said, “we’ve played video games a few times. We are allies during games. However, I can’t dare contact him because of how busy he is. I worry that he would feel uncomfortable. Nowadays, I feel closer to Jin. I’m the same clan as Jin (in video games).”

To this, Ha Sung-Woon also mentioned his close friendship with BTS’ Jimin and EXO’s Taemin. Ha said, “one time, I slept over at Taemin’s house. When his mother saw me, she said, “Tae-Min, eat your dinner.” When I told her I wasn’t him, she was shocked.”

He also addressed some fans saying that he, Jimin, and Taemin all look alike. Ha Sung-Woon said, “I think they are both very handsome and attractive. I’m honored people think we all look alike. Whenever I see Jimin and I say “even today, I look like you,” he tells me to stop saying that. He says he is better looking than I am.”

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Singer Lee Hyun Talks About His Friendship With BTS

Singer Lee Hyun talks about his friendship with BTS as their direct senior artist of Big Hit Entertainment!

On October 24 broadcast of MBC “Radio Star,” Lee Hyun appeared as a guest and shared about his friendship with BTS. Not many people realize, but Lee Hyun was the first artist to join Big Hit Entertainment. With this fact, the singer even self-labeled himself as “Big Hit’s No. 1 Founding Contributor.”

Lee Hyun began, “when I tell people I’m an artist at Big Hit, they ask me why I’m there. I would like to clarify that I’m the first artist to sign an exclusive contract with the agency. I’m like their No.1 founding contributor.”

When asked which BTS member is the closest to Lee Hyun, the singer picked Jimin and Jin. Regarding Jimin, Lee said, “I see a lot of resemblance between us. After singing, we always blame ourselves and wonder why we are not talented enough. That’s why we are always monitoring ourselves.”

He further continued to elaborate on his friendship with Jin. When the hosts asked him about Jin claiming to have the most fun when teasing Lee Hyun, the singer jokingly answered, “it’s an honor just to be able to breathe the same air as him.”

He continued, “Jin likes to take my phone away to take a selfie of him. He gives it back and tells me to look at it every time I need like a recharge. One time, we were working on a track together and Jin asked me, “how does it feel like to record with a world star?” I’m just thankful that they feel comfortable around me. His jokes don’t really offend me.”

At last, Lee Hyun complimented the boy group’s leader, RM. Lee said, “he’s charismatic. Also very smart. When I play around with him, I just feel small compared to him. I want to hang out and drink with them, but it’s really hard to get all of us together.”

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[M/V] Jay Park Uses Sign Language in His New Single ‘V’

In his new song, Jay Park attempts to cross language and cultural barriers with multiple languages and diverse representation — something that the artist has been pushing since day one.

BTS Member V’s Grandfather Passes Away

The grandfather of BTS member V is reported to have passed away.

On July 31, BTS member V attended the funeral for his grandfather in Daegu. Previously, in different interviews, the singer has spoken openly about his relationship with his grandfather and the extraordinary memories he has had with him.

According to reports, the other group members are aware of the situation and are comforting V during this time. Given the personal nature of the event, Big Hit Entertainment has refrained from providing additional details.

Our condolences go out to V and his family.



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Han Seo-Hee Bitterly Deals With Aftermath of Sharing Anecdote Regarding BTS V

Han Seo-Hee continues to deal with the aftermath of sharing a brief anecdote about her past encounter with BTS V.

On June 14, Han Seo-Hee hosted a Instagram Live session, where she shared her story about running into BTS member V in the past. She said, “I saw V in real life at a club when I was 19. Model Kim Ki-Bum, who was a close friend of mine at the moment, invited him.”

As brief as the anecdote was, the aftermath is not so brief. Netizens asked her about the details of their encounter, and how they were at a club when they were minors. In response, Han Seo-Hee explained, “I didn’t invite him myself. I was just having a good time at my own table, and V came along.” She continued, “I went to clubs a lot when I was still a minor, but I don’t know about him.”

However, netizens pointed out that Han Seo-Hee, model Kim Ki-Bum, and V are all the same age, which meant that V was also at a club as a minor. She later changed her story, “after thinking about it, I don’t think I met him when I was a minor. But it’s not that big of a deal, let’s not be like this.”

Even after the end of her Instagram Live, netizens continued to accuse her of lying and showing off her relationships with celebrities. As a result, Han Seo-Hee posted an apology. She said, “I’m very sorry for not restraining myself. Now that I realize my influence and impact on others, I’ll try to mature. Thank you. Hope you have a great day!”

However, she later added a rather sarcastic comment at the end of her apology, targeting at people for calling her a liar. She added, “people kept asking me if I liked or knew BTS quite annoyingly, so I just shared my encounter without thinking too much. However, I will try to not say anything in the future, even if it’s harmless. Poor Seo-Hee, they say she’s a liar even when she’s telling the truth!”

Afterwards, she continued to explain herself, telling the story as a victim’s perspective. Han said it was unfair how people are rude to her just because they think she was born with a silver spoon with her mouth. At the end, she says “I’ve changed. I used to hide because i didn’t want to deal with the reality, but try all you want to destroy me. Because I will keep coming back stronger and stronger. I’ll just focus on my business from now on.”

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[MV] BTS Drops Music Video For ‘Fake Love’


On May 18, BTS dropped the music video for the title song for their ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ album, ‘Fake Love.’

The music video reached over 16 million views within 6 hours of release and received worldwide attention. In addition, BTS just reported they finished filming with The Ellen Show, and is preparing for their comeback stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards!

Check it out below!

BTS Nominated for Top Social Awards at 2018 Billboard Music Awards

Boy group Bantan Boys, once again, received a nomination for the ‘Top Social Awards’ at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

On April 17, Billboard released a list of nominees for 2018 Billboards Music Awards. For the ‘Top Social Awards,’ BTS managed to put their name on the nominee’s list after their win last year. This year, they will be competing against Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, and Shawn Mendes.

In fact, BTS has won ‘Top Social Awards’ at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. They were the first ones to break Justin Bieber’s record of winning 6 awards in a row.

They have a high chance of winning this award again. Last  year, BTS appeared on America’s Top 3 talk shows and promoted themselves as the representative of K-pop. In addition, their influence on SNS is powerful. The awards are given based many things, one of them being the voting process that holds place on various SNS platforms. As BTS has a great influence on SNS, it gives them the advantage.

The fans are hoping that this will give BTS a chance to perform at the awards. Last year, they only received the award without a performance. However, the fans are hoping that BTS will be able to perform ‘DNA’ or ‘Mic Drop’ and swept away America once again.

Meanwhile, 2018 Billboard Music Awards will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on April 20.

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BTS Documentary Coming Soon on YouTube Red

On March 28, an eight-part documentary about group Bangtan Boys is releasing as the YouTube Red Original Series.

‘BTS: Burn the Stage’ is an eight-part documentary that will be released at midnight of March 28. The documentary contains close interviews of BTS from their ‘2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III The Wings Tour.’ This tour spanned over 300 days since February last year, in 19 cities and 40 concerts. In addition, it includes the big moments of BTS such as receiving a Billboard Music Awards in May or their performance at the American Music Awards in November.

“Bangtan Boys (also known as BTS) are global stars that got started on YouTube. They established a channel on YouTube even before their debut, resulting in Armies from all around the world to unite on YouTube. Based on the statistics, 87% of the crowd was from outside of Korea, and we thought they were perfect candidates for YouTube Red Originals. However, we did not think things would get this huge.”

These are the words Nadine Zylstra, a head of YouTube Originals, shared on March 15 in Yeoksam-song, Seoul. She explained how choosing ‘BTS: Burn The Stage” as the second Korean Original Series was not a coincidence, but an inevitability. The accumulated views of BTS-related videos on YouTube exceed 10 billion.

The first time YouTube Red created their originals, they chose K-pop and produced a 6-part documentary, ‘Run, BIGBANG Scout.’

After expanding their business to Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico, YouTube Red chose Korea as their 5th location. Zylstra said, “K-pop is the most active music genre that grew up on YouTube. It also helps people to get familiar with the Korean culture.” This meant that people who didn’t even know where Seoul is located, knows now thanks to PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style.’

Zylstra was in charge of producing ‘Sesame Street’ for 13 years since 2002. After moving to YouTube, she said “I became interested in Asian contents through Pororo and Pinkfong. I was introduced to the animations when I was put in charge of producing kids/family contents.”

Meanwhile, YouTube Red is planning on expanding their service locations as well as contents, globally. Zylstra said, “we plan to produce 4 original series in Japan this year. We have already started the animation ‘Idolish 7,’ and are preparing for other programs such as ‘Stalking Vampire.’ Just like Korea has K-pop as their forte, we will be utilizing animation as the tool to captivate the Japanese market.”

Zylstra concluded, “I have no idea who is going to be the star in our next original series. However, I believe that everything that happens on YouTube could be our fuel. Elements like the number of views, likes, and time people spend on each channel add up and start a fire. We plan to provide valuable programs that will last forever instead of burn for a moment and come crashing down the next.”

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