Korean band BTS was recently announced as the 2020 Entertainer of the Year by TIME. Revealing the news in an extensive op-ed, TIME said: “They’ve become the biggest band in the world full stop.”
“Between releasing multiple albums, breaking every type of record and appearing in these extemporaneous live streams in 2020, BTS ascended to the zenith of pop stardom. They did it in a year defined by setbacks, one in which the world hit pause and everyone struggled to maintain their connections. Other celebrities tried to leverage this year’s challenges; most failed.” the publication added.
In addition to creating mega-hit singles including “Dynamite” and “Fire,” the members of BTS have also been huge supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement. The group donated $1 million dollars to the activist network and urged fans to match their massive contribution, TIME reports.
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BTS first rose to fame in 2010 after Big Hit Entertainment signed member RM, 26. RM had already established a name for himself within Korea’s then-budding underground rap scene.
Soon after, his fellow bandmates joined him to create the internationally successful septet. Each member was hand-picked for their individual musical abilities. BTS continually record-breaking accomplishments include their virtual concert, which was watched by 1 million viewers for a two-night show, according to TIME.
Earlier this month and less than two weeks before the release of their latest album, “BE”, the group debuted in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album list. They sold 242,000 equivalent album units in the week that ended on 26th November.
BTS continues to deliver exciting performances at some of the biggest events in the industry. Last month, they lit up the stage at the 2020 American Music Awards. In October, they put on an action-packed show at the Billboard Music Awards. The Korean pop music genre has become a multibillion-dollar business in recent years, TIME reports.
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