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South-Korean super K-pop band BTS has delivered a heartfelt video speech at Varietyas Hitmakers event, after being awarded record of the year for 'Butter'. While accepting the honour on Saturday, RM reflected on what the success of the hit song means to them, and described what it was like to perform their first shows since 2019 this past week. "We'd like to thank Variety for this amazing honor," RM said, reports variety.com. ""Butter' holds a very special place in our heart. During these uncertain and turbulent times with the pandemic, we took time to look back on our past and present and decided to release 'Butter' in hopes of lifting spirits."
"The song became an anchor for us to enjoy what we can now and keep moving forward. We just finished our first in-person concert we longed for in two years, especially since the pandemic and this feels truly like the beginning of our new chapter." BTS recently took over L.A.'s SoFi Stadium with four sold-out shows, playing to 70,000 fans each night. Varietyas Angelique Jackson described the first night of the concerts as "rife with confetti, smoke, pyrotechnics and -- of course -- the smoothest of dance moves."
Jungkook added: "It means a lot to us that 'Butter' is being recognised as record of the year. We just wanted to share fun, positive energy with many people, and that is what 'Butter' is to BTS." J-Hope then congratulated all the other Hitmakers honourees, saying: "We're sorry we couldn't be there in person. Congrats to all and hope you enjoy this day." (IANS/ MBI)
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Few names in the world of music today evoke global hysteria as the K-Pop super band BTS. With a following of 30.1 million on Twitter and 42.6 million on Instagram, the group, who made their debut in 2013, have smashed their own record with their latest track “Butter”, which garnered 10 million views on YouTube in just 13 minutes upon release. BTS, or Bangtan Sonyeondan, are a septet comprising Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook. The band is also known as the Bangtan Boys and, like any celebrities worth the delirium they unleash, have a name for their fans, too. They call their ever-burgeoning fan base ARMY (the all-caps stylization is perhaps meant to underline the frenzy).
Opening up with IANS in a candid tete-a-tete, the South Korean band decodes their skyrocketing worldwide success. “I’m guessing our sincerity reached our audience. We’ve tried our best to deliver sincere music and performances,” says V, whose real name is Kim Tae-hyung. Known for his deep voice, Tae, 25, who kind of carries the symbol of ‘tiger’, is the fashion icon for the group — as the ARMY says if you need something to become a trend just put it on V. He literally pulls off anything.
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J-Hope (Jung Hoseok) pitches in: “And we have always shown our fans all our behind-the-scenes through various contents. I think opening ourselves up without hesitation helped us convey our sincerity.” In fact, their opening up to the fans even before their debut and literally living every moment of their growth as singers, performers, and growing up from boys to men in front of the camera has endeared them more.
Their trials and tribulations, as they went from a one-room dorm in Seoul to the mega HYBE building in 2020 are the stuff of legend. Along the way their hardships — of sometimes making it through the week with just Bulgogi (fire meat) to distributing posters on the streets of L.A. for their first concert in the US — that saw few takers in 2014, to today’s phenomenal chartbusters — ON (February 2020), Dynamite, Life Goes On, Film out, and Butter (within the span of just over one year) — is a journey they have shared with the fans on Bangtan Gayo, RUN-BTS (an absolute stress buster), BTS in the SOOP, among others.
The rise of the band has been a phenomenon that has not only reorganized the contemporary mainstream music scene all over the world but has also defined the shifting socio-politics of showbusiness. The success of BTS, after all, has widely been seen as a triumph of inclusivity. In turn, the band, which started out as a hip hop group, evolved quickly to adapt to a larger market.
And all this success, despite almost all Korean lyrics in all their songs, until the all-English single Dynamite in August 2020. Today, they sing in English to connect with their worldwide ARMY. ARMY, the band has said time and again, is intrinsic to their growth. Wider reach and a growing fan base ensure better feedback, they point out, and BTS is one band that is known to listen to their fans.
“When we go on tour, we get to perform a lot and that helps me improve,” says Kim Seok-jin (Jin). J-Hope, who is Mr. Sunshine of the group and has the trademark intro “I am your Hope, You are my Hope…” adds that the feedback they get for their songs has worked because it tells the band which areas to focus on on on in order to grow. “I was able to check what I lacked and what I had to pay more attention to,” he explains. J-Hope is the main dancer, who is a hard taskmaster for the group when it comes to grooving. Known for his agile moves, he is that guy, who almost left the BTS at one time just before debut, but was destined to return — as the love between the members could not keep him away.
He is one of the three rappers along with Leader RM (Rap Moster or Kim Nam-joon) and Min Yoongi or Suga. In fact, Hobi, as he is lovingly called wanted to be in the vocal line — that has V, Jin, Park Ji-min, and Jeon Jung-kook. But gave it away to V, the surprise member of the group on debut, as is known from a number of their documentaries along the way — Burn the Stage, Bring the Soul, and Break the Silence. V credits new experiences to their growing popularity. “We encounter new things and our stage always gets bigger, so it does give me pressure. However, I tried to expand my mindset so that I don’t make mistakes,” he says.
For RM, like everyone else, the pandemic has had an impact. “I think the current pandemic situation played a big part because we needed to change, whether we wanted to or not. Thus, during Covid, we were able to release ‘Dynamite’, ‘BE’, and ‘Butter’,” he points out.
Jimin, who was the last member to be finalized in the group and trained only for six months before their debut on June 13, 2013, says the challenge is about seeking out the right direction when it comes to improving one’s performance. “I couldn’t really find an answer to what I should do to improve, but if I can find a better direction, I will be able to take a step forward,” Jimin says.
The need to grow guides them all. Jung Kook, the main vocalist, and the Golden Maknae, for instance, says he is driven by the constant need to “grow and evolve”.”I think the biggest factor is that I always feel like I’m lacking and I have the continual ambition to get cooler,” says Jung Kook. The youngest member, who will turn 24 this year, has given us five makeovers in six months — blonde, blue, mint-choco, silver, and purple — and each time fans have loved it. Currently, with his purple hair, Jung Kook did the impossible — losing weight in five days as he said while shooting for Butter.
The conversation shifts to their interestingly-named title tracks. The band says their process of selecting the title track of a BTS album is simple. “We usually select the song that best shows the overall message and theme of the album,” RM says. This brings one to their latest track “Butter”, which premiered on May 20. The song currently has 277,508,962 views on YouTube and 16 million likes. It is also No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as many other charts.
Jin, the self-proclaimed ‘World Wide Handsome’, feels the song is a rage because it works perfectly as “BTS’ summer song!” Jung Kook recalls the fun that the band had while shooting it, and attributes that energy to its success.”The song itself is exciting and fun, so we were full of energy when we recorded it,” Jung Kook notes.”I think ‘Butter’ is special because it encapsulates our charms,” Jin sums it up for the song, the band, and the band’s ever-growing aura. With just days left for their 8th anniversary, BTS has their hands full. (IANS/JC)
South Korean boy band BTS issued a statement on Tuesday condemning the recent surge in anti-Asian violence, and shared their experiences of the racism they have faced.
“We send our deepest condolences to those who have lost their loved ones. We feel grief and anger,” the band said in the statement.
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The statement highlighted moments when they “faced discrimination as Asians”, including “enduring expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look” and being “asked why Asians spoke in English”.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) March 30, 2021
They said that the band’s “own experiences are inconsequential” compared to recent events but that the racism was “enough to make us feel powerless and chip away our self-esteem”.
“What is happening right now cannot be dissociated from our identity as Asians. It required considerable time for us to discuss this carefully and we contemplated deeply on how we should voice our message,” they added.
The band concluded saying: “We stand against racial discrimination. We condemn violence. You, I and we all have the right to be respected.” (IANS/KR)
LG Electronics India on Monday launched a premium smartphone “G7+ThinQ” in India for Rs 39,990.
With features such as 1,000nit “Super Bright FullVision” display, IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, “BoomBoxSpeakers” and 16+16MP dual Artificial Intelligence (AI) camera, the device will be avialble on Flipkart starting August 10.
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
“LG has always been about innovation and new technologies. The G series received great response last year with the launch of G6 and to further enhance the smartphone experience, we are proud to introduce LG G7+ThinQ in India,” Advait Vaidya, Mobile Business Head, said in a statement.
The device is equipped with “DTS:X” and “Hi-Fi Quad DAC” technology for rich sound, especially when paired with high-impedance earphones.
There is an 8MP camera on front for higher resolution photos with more details.
According to the company, LG G7+ThinQ is among the first devices to get the features of upcoming Google Lens. (IANS)