The international K-pop sensation, BTS, are quickly gaining prominent notoriety in the U.S., and are solidifying that statement with their upcoming sold-out U.S. tour. The group have taken over the charts, competing with such established artists who always maintain high numbers on the charts, including Lana Del Rey, Ed Sheeran and numerous others. Although the group sings in Korean, their energetic and lively personalities, coupled with their notable live performances, have quickly gained a following in the U.S. BTS recently released two videos, the first is their single, "Spring Day" released on February 12, which has already received 48 million views. Their second video for "Not Today," debuted on February 19, and has led the iTunes Music Videos Chart at number one for several days, and it's views have surpassed 45 million. Needless to say, BTS are making indomitable strides in the U.S., and internationally. We spoke with each group member of BTS about the different aspects of their career, thus far. Tour dates for their U.S. shows are listed after the interview.
AXS: Last year WINGS debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart, in October of 2016, setting a new U.S. record for the highest peak on the chart for a K-pop album. What can fans expect from your new music?
Rap Monster: I won’t promise anything fancy, but I can tell you for sure that there will be great songs and well-prepared performances The rest is up to you. Make us better.
AXS: You’ve been together for four years now, what does each of you bring to the mix?
Suga: I like the fact that all seven members bring something different on the table, which makes the BTS special. Everyone has his own voice, color and tone that when mixed become greater.
AXS: You all are embarking on an extensive tour with sold-out shows in North and South America, what can fans expect from this live experience?
Jimin: Most of the fans come to the show for the first time. Whatever you expect from BTS, it is going to be better and more special.
AXS: Are there any cities/venues that you’re especially looking forward to visiting on tour?
V: I love doing shows in the U.S. I cannot wait to get back there in March!
AXS: What has surprised you most in your career?
Jin: When the audience at the show knows every lyric of BTS’ songs. Even I tend to forget the lyrics from time to time. Isn’t that just amazing?!
AXS: If you were to record a duet with an artist outside the genre of music for which you are known, who might that be and which song would you cover?
JungKook: Justin Bieber. That’s why I’ve got to study English!
AXS: How do you feel your new material may differ from previous songs, musically and/or lyrically?
J-Hope: We’ve added new tracks with different BTS touches, so it sounds fairly new. We also tried to add our own stories to the lyrics which are always loved and welcomed by our fans.
March 23 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (Click here for tickets)
March 24 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center (Click here for tickets)
March 29 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena (Click here for tickets)
April 1- Anaheim, CA - Honda Center (Click here for tickets)
April 2 - Anaheim, CA - Honda Center (Click here for tickets)