BTS: Proof

BTS plans to drop their upcoming album “Proof” on June 10th, being the first K-pop group to produce an anthology album.

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BTS plans to drop their upcoming album “Proof” on June 10th, being the first K-pop group to produce an anthology album.

Katelyn Ruggles, Editor

As the global sensation K-pop group BTS approach their ten year anniversary, they are releasing their first ever anthology album, “Proof” on June 10th. Starting out as seven boys with big dreams, BTS took the world by storm as they became one of the most popular and influential artists ever, forever changing the impact K-pop has on the music industry. 

Debuting in 2013, BTS started off as a group of seven boys that were well versed in singing, rapping, and dancing, The group is lead by RM, who is also apart of the rapline with J-Hope and Suga, The vocal line contains the other four members, Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. Coming from an almost bankrupt company, BigHit, BTS faced many struggles early on in their careers as they were the only hope for the future of their company. But through their talent and hard work, they became one of the most successful artists in the world.

BTS first found popularity in South Korea, most notably in 2016, before they gained a large worldwide fan base. Starting off strong, they won “Best New Artist” at Korea’s Melon Music Awards shortly after their debut in 2013, being their first major win. However, it was not until 2016 when BTS won “Album of the Year” at Korea’s Melon Music Awards, that their success truly took off. 

Since then, BTS has won countless awards, being the most awarded artist in South Korea, as well as breaking records and creating new ones in the western music industry. Their influence first reached the western industry when they appeared on the American Music Awards, performing their hit song “DNA”, which reached 67 the Hot 100 Billboard, making their American T.V. debut, and being the first Korean artist to do so. Their influence did not stop there, as they now hold the record for the most awarded group at the BillBoard Music awards, as well as winning “Artist of the Year” at the American Music Awards in 2021. One of their most notable accomplishments in the western music industry is being nominated for two Grammys, being the first Korean artists to do so, as well as performing at the Grammys three times. However, BTS does measure their success in their countless awards, but rather in the support they get from their fans, “Army”. 

One thing that has always set BTS apart from other artists is their true love and appreciation for their fans. The BTS fan base is named “Army”, which does them justice as they are truly an army of millions of people across the globe. It is no surprise that BTS has such a large fan base, as they have branded themselves as artists meant to share love and positivity and preach the importance of self love and acceptance. They even spoke at the UN on the importance of their message and how they hope to impact younger generations in a positive way. 

Before embarking on a new chapter of their career, BTS is dedicating an anthology album looking back on their past works that have led them to the success that they have found today. Camille Khong (11), an army who has been following BTS for multiple years, comments on the significance of this upcoming album, saying “

Proof has a deeper meaning and it is reflected in this anthology album that serves as physical ‘proof’ of their hard work and success over the years. BTS is now known as the biggest band across the world and it is no luck that they made it this far. Their album is also a gift to their fans who have watched their journey into becoming who they are today.”

— Camille Khong (11)

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Get used to hearing about BTS, because they are not going away anytime soon. As they only seem to be getting bigger and bigger, there is no saying when they will hit their peak. But as they come close to a 10 year milestone in their career, they use this anthology album to reflect on their past and set themselves up for what is to come in the future.