Madhavi Sutar, Kolhapur, Maharashtra: Big Hit Entertainment, the management agency of global superstars BTS, recently held a two-day online concert, Map of the Soul ON:E. Scheduled for October 10 and 11, they offered a new meaning to virtual concerts with the use of technology to connect fans with the artists on a real-time basis and up the scale of the production and performances.
Rimsha Seher, Delhi: They say that there’s an untold story behind a person’s favourite song – a reason why they like the song so much that its name rolls out of their tongue every time they’re asked about their favourite song. Could it be that they can relate to the lyrics? Or is it because they are enthralled by the melody? The reason behind a song being someone’s favourite can only be answered by the person, just like how only I can describe why ‘The Truth Untold (ft.Steve Aoki)’ from BTS’s album, Love Yourself: Tear, is my favourite song.
Mehak Sharma, Delhi: Once in a while, we find ourselves encountering days where we just want to be left alone with our thoughts. Though the reasons for such gloomy days may vary. It could either be stagnant and monotonous life, or the inability to determine whether we are on the right track in life or not. Everyone needs to be comforted during such times. And what could be better than music that stirs up emotions and offers endless comfort! So, here is a list of 10 K-pop songs straight from my playlist.
Rimjhim Thakur, Delhi: On February 13, 2017, the Global K-pop boy group, BTS released their second full-length studio album You Never Walk Alone which was an extension of their previous album Wings. It is considered as one of their greatest albums as it contains their most successful, chart-topping songs such as Blood, Sweat & Tears; Not Today; and Spring Day. These songs are still ranking high on the Melon charts in South Korea. Let us see and review each of their songs in detail.
Diya Jain, Delhi: The world offers an endless amount of fresh and breathtaking art in the form of movies, films, songs, paintings, and much more. But we often find ourselves cocooned in our world, to an extent that the majority of cultures remain alien to the average individual. Even in the case of diverse musical cultures, as a fan of K-pop, I’m often asked the reason to choose and appreciate the music I listen to. After all, it is in Korean, they say. But the beautiful thing about music that most fail to notice is that one does not need to understand the language in order to enjoy it.
Yashi Priya, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh: Bangtan Sonyeondan, widely popular as BTS, is a seven-member boy band from South Korea that debuted in 2013 with their lead single ‘No More Dream’ from the album 2 Cool 4 Skool. The artists were under Big Hit Entertainment, a small company with humble beginnings. As the name of the group suggests, the septet desire “to be resistant to bullets, so it means to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that are aimed at the adolescents like bullets, to preserve the values and ideal of today’s adolescents.”
Sakina Mustansir, Hyderabad, Telangana: BTS member Park Ji-min, better known as Jimin, released ‘Promise’ (약속) on December 31, 2018, on SoundCloud. Composed along with Slow Rabbit, it is an acoustic song with soft music, complemented by the angelic voice of Jimin. This is one of those songs that genuinely suits him and brings out the softness in his voice in a special way.
Susmita Sanyal, Kolkata, West Bengal: K-pop idols are known for their smooth moves and visuals on stage, but fans, who truly admire these idols, know that there’s a lot more than meets the eye. In reality, these K-idols are much more than their stage personas. It is their real-life image that is equally appreciable and needs discussion. To be honest, every passionate fan must have fallen in love with her/his idol once due to their kindness and good nature.
Jubby Kumar, Bilaspur, Chhatisgarh: In recent years, there has been a significant increase in the popularity of South Korea and its culture across the world. One of the major reasons behind the same is Hallyu/Korean Wave, due to which the Korean entertainment and the tourism industry have observed a tremendous boom.
Archana Goswami, Delhi: I always wanted to attend a K-event at KCCI (Korean Cultural Center of India), Delhi, ever since I got interested in the Korean Culture through K-pop and K-dramas. Last year, I finally got the chance to be a part of an event at KCCI. The admin of Korean Culture India Fan Club, Ms. Prerna Tiwari organised a birthday celebration event for BTS members Kim Seok-jin and Kim Tae-hyung on December 29, 2019. I will forever be grateful to her for organising this event and giving all of us a memorable experience of a lifetime. Around 130 fans attended this event!