On May 21st, South Korean boy band BTS made headlines after they were the first Korean pop group to be awarded a Billboard Music Award that took place in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena. Winning the title of the “Top Social Artist”, BTS beat some of the most well-known US celebrities that include Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and Shawn Mendes.
Debuting in 2013, the seven-member band has been gaining popularity for their unique music that intertwines hip hop, electronica and rock. The members consist of Jeon Jeongguk, Jung Hoseok, Kim Namjoon, Kim Seokjin, Kim Taehyung, Min Yoongi, and Park Jimin. Despite their accomplishment, the band reacted to the win in disbelief and felt a sense of honor to be able to stand next to some of the top artists.
BTS is living proof that the South Korean music industry is spreading on a global scale. This is known as the Korean Wave, the phenomenon of South Korean entertainment and pop culture washing over the world through music and film. Further evidence of this is shown as they were on a sold-out world tour that include concerts in Newark, Chicago, Anaheim, Australia and Japan.
Because of foreign bands like BTS, the American entertainment industry is becoming more and more diverse. One might see this as a step away from the cliche lovey-dovey pop music you hear on the radio and a step closer into a deeper realm of music originating from a different country with a different culture.