BTS: What their success means for Kpop in the West

Korea-Canada Blog

Kpop acts becoming successful in the West isn’t a completely new phenomenon. I remember when I was younger, my mom showing me SNSD’s “The Boys” and then several years later, Psy’s “Gangnam Style” became a huge hit. Many Kpop acts, unknown to the general public, have also generated a huge foreign following in North America and the UK. The latest Korean group to be breaking boundaries in the West is BTS also known as Bangtan Boys.

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Coming from a small company, Bighit Entertainment, the boys have had a long road to the status of international fame they claim today. The seven member boy group (members Jin, Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook) debuted on June 12, 2013 with their song “No More Dream”. Since their debut the group of boys have racked up a long list of awards and accomplishments. Most notably a handful of Daesangs, 2 Billboard Top…

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