BTS talk about gaining respect in the US and their chart-topper 'Dynamite'
Published on September 3, 2020 at 16.51
Scoring the first chart-topping track seemed inevitable for BTS, the K-pop boy band have continued to find major success in the US in the last few years. They've had four albums top Billboard's 200 albums chart, they've achieved Top 10 successes on the Hot 100 with 'Boy With Luv,' 'On' and 'Fake Love,' and have sold out US football stadiums in just minutes.
Even at US awards shows, BTS have gone from winning honours like 'top social artist' to being named best group and best pop act, beating out Maroon 5, Imagine Dragons, twenty one pilots, Jonas Brothers and others. At the recent MTV VMAs, they won all four prizes they were nominated for.
When asked if BTS felt like they've begun to earn more respect from the US, band member RM said: "We definitely feel that. I think in the perspective of culture, it's really important to be familiar. So first, we think ... that for many Americans not familiar with (us) — we look different, we (sing) different, we got different choreography, music videos, like everything, even lifestyle. But I think as time goes by, we're doing these shows and songs and concerts and awards, I think quite a lot of people in the American music market is getting, like, kind of close (to us)."
It could also be time for BTS' first Grammy nomination.
"When we see (Western) artists ... get nominated for Grammys, they would go: 'Yeah! Yeah!' Like Travis Scott. The nomination is meaningful to even (famous) people like that and to imagine that we could be nominated for Grammy, again, it would be such an honour and a great feeling," said BTS member j-hope.
Though 'Dynamite' has charted new territory for BTS, the song wasn't even supposed to be released. BTS had plans to tour but that changed due to the coronavirus: "The pandemic blew everything away," RM explained. So the band recorded 'Dynamite' to give die-hard fans, the BTS Army, 'hope, positive energy'. "And we think that it really touched their hearts," he added.
BTS feel they have grown in the seven years they've been as a musical group. "We've matured musically, as well as in the way we think. We've also developed a higher sense of responsibility. This has refined us and these developments are really being reflected in our music and our dance," BTS member j-hope said.
The band members range from ages 23 to 27, and the youngest of clan, Jung Kook, celebrated his birthday this week with some special news. "I received the news of our No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart on the day of my birthday, so it was really one celebration over another. It was incredible," he said.