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BTS 2015 Journey: The Rise of Bangtan

DISCOGRAPHY

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On April 29, 2015, BTS released The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 album under Big Hit Entertainment. With nine tracks, the music video for the carrier single, “I Need U” was released on May 10, 2015, followed by “Dope” on June 23, 2015. The album contains genres such as hip-hop, R&B, dance-pop, and EDM pop. It is BTS’ third mini album which serves as the introduction to BTS who are no longer just young boys as they continue to grow and develop. The tracks show BTS’ musical transformation as they begin to discuss youth. The album title expresses the start of one’s young adulthood in which beauty coexists with the uncertainty of the future.

On BTS’ previous albums, lyrical works were always credited to the rap line, RM, SUGA, and J-Hope, but on this album, vocal line, Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook have added their names to the credits in terms of producing and songwriting.

On November 30, 2015, BTS released their 4th mini album, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 2 under Big Hit Entertainment with its title track, “Run.” The album contains hip-hop, R&B, dance-pop, and pop songs, with a total of nine songs. While BTS sang about people their age and the uncertainty of the future on their 3rd mini album, their 4th mini album expressed the energy of youth barreling forward, where they embraced their insecurities and uncertainty of the future. Through the album, BTS conveys how life isn’t always beautiful. However, they continue to sprint forward with passion in their hearts. The album also continues the tradition of the previous album where not only RM, SUGA, and J-Hope were credited for producing and songwriting, but also V and Jungkook. With more profound lyrics and more passionate music, BTS in 2015 was just getting started.

On June 17, 2015, BTS released the single, “For You,” an original Japanese song. It was released along with the Japanese versions of “War of Hormone” and “Let Me Know.”

On December 8, 2015, a Japanese version of “I Need U” was released digitally and in physical format via Pony Canyon in Japan. “I Need U” was ranked as the 80th greatest K-Pop song on the list of 100 Greatest K-Pop songs of the 2010s. It was considered a song that truly defined the 2010s and the beginning of BTS’ fame in Korea and other countries. The Japanese version of “Dope” and “Boyz With Fun” aka “Funtan Syounendan” are also included in the EP album.

CONCERT TOURS

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The Red Bullet Tour which started on October 17, 2014, continued until August 29, 2015. Held in Asia, Australia, and North and South America, BTS performed on 22 shows with a total of 80,000 attendees. The tour concert showcased their albums, 2 Cool 4 Skool, O!RUL8,2?, Skool Luv Affair, and Dark & Wild.

On February 10 to February 19, 2015, BTS held the Wake Up: Open Your Eyes Japan Tour with six shows, a total of 25,000 attendees.

On November 27, 2015, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage Tour began and ended on August 14, 2016. It showcased their albums, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1 and The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever. The show was held around Asia with 22 shows and 182,500 attendees in total.

CONCERTS

On March 28 and March 29, 2015, BTS held concerts entitled BTS Live Trilogy Episode 1: BTS Begins in Seoul, South Korea at the Olympic Hall with 6,500 attendees.

BTS also held a concert on October 29, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea which was broadcasted on VLive. The concert is titled Halloween Party with BTS.

FANMEETINGS

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On August 13 and August 14, 2015, BTS held their Japan Official Fan Meeting Vol. 2: Undercover Mission in Tokyo, Japan at the Tokyo International Forum Hall A and in Osaka, Japan at the Festival Hall on August 18, 19, and 20. Overall, a total of 18,000 people attended.

BTS SHOWS

BTS: Lucky Draw also known as BTS Bokbulbok was released on VLive for free viewing on June 5, 2015, which also became available on YouTube later on. The series contains five episodes where BTS would draw games from a bowl. Each episode has a short running time of 8 to 9 minutes. They played charades, a video game, hide and seek, table tennis, and cup stacking.

BTS Gayo is another variety web series which is offered for free viewing on VLive. The activities that BTS played were all related to K-Pop. The series premiered on August 11, 2015 and had a one-year break. The show returned on January 24, 2017 and ended on May 16, 2017 after 15 episodes.

Run BTS is a show that every ARMY loves so dearly. The long-running variety show premiered on August 1, 2015 and currently has a total of 156 episodes and 3 seasons. There was a 10-month long hiatus after they released the final episode in October 2021, but it was announced by BTS themselves that they will continue doing Run BTS. On August 16, 2022, a special episode was released and the last one so far was a special episode titled “Run BTS TV” which aired on November 29, 2022.

Check out the following links for the episode guides:

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Run BTS: The Compete Episode Guide

Run BTS 2022 Episodes: The Complete Episode Guide

AWARDS

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Award CeremonyCategoryRecipient

Gaon Chart Music Awards

World Rookie Award

BTS

Golden Disc Awards

Disc Bonsang

Dark & Wild Album

Japan Gold Disc Awards

Best New Artists (Asia)

BTS

Japan Gold Disc Awards

New Artist of the Year (Asia)

BTS

Melon Music Awards

Best Dance – Male

"I Need U"

Mnet Asian Music Awards

World Performer

BTS

MTV Europe Music Awards

Best Korean Act

BTS

Seoul Music Awards

Bonsang Award

BTS

CONTROVERSIES

1. "Sajaegi" Rumors

Though BTS debuted in 2013, their major mainstream success happened in 2015 when their 3rd mini album, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Pt. 1 became the top-selling album, and their title track, “I Need U” topped many Korean charts. However, their success also came with hardships when they got involved in one of the worst controversies that could happen to anyone in the K-Pop industry. Big Hit Entertainment was accused by netizens of “Sajaegi” when BTS outsold BIGBANG in album sales. Sajaegi is the act of manipulating music chart rankings which is commonly done by purchasing large volumes of albums. Though Big Hit Entertainment denied all accusations stating that they did not have the means to do such malpractice in the music industry, many netizens didn’t believe their statement. However, the issue finally dissolved when netizens discovered that BTS has accumulated a large global fanbase, which resulted in a spike in sales. The Russian netizens also supported BTS by sharing that BTS has a huge fan club in Russian-speaking countries.

2. Jungkook’s “Let’s Love” Controversy

ARMYs and fans of EXO have always had conflicts in the past and even now a days. This is because their fanbase has the habit of accusing BTS of copying EXO’s concepts and styles. Even just recently when Jin enlisted in the military and the boys posted a picture of them tapping Jin’s head, EXO-L made a big deal out of it and started blabbering on Twitter about BTS copying their military concept. This, I guess, is an ongoing ridiculous thing that EXO fans will bring up every now and then, but the gravest of all controversies that they have created was when Jungkook used the terms, “Let’s Love.” EXO fans were outraged, and reacted as if EXO secured “Let’s Love” as their trademark when the phrase is actually free to use whether by an ordinary person like me, or by celebrities. To show their distress over Jungkook’s use of the phrase, EXO-L spread a photoshopped image of Jungkook’s portrait mounted on a funeral wreath, which was such a severe response by the EXO fans. When the fans finally realized that BTS and EXO are actually close, the feud died down…at least in 2015 and only on that particular subject. Nowadays, toxic fans of EXO are still tainting their fanbase. Well, I guess every fandom has toxic fans because there are toxic ARMYs, too.

3. RM’s Plagiarism Accusations

RM is a person who loves to read and is easily inspired by wisdom coming from other people, so there are times when he would incorporate what he learned from books, movies, interviews, and other sources in his lyrics. In 2015, he made a mistake of not confirming the source of some quotes that he used in his lyrics, which led to the owners accusing him of plagiarism. The accusers were twitter users @wevebeenhere and @radiordinary. After RM has apologized for his mistake, @wevebeenhere has also sent a formal apology to RM for causing unnecessary trouble.

4. Misogyny Controversy

It isn't the first time that BTS got involved in this kind of controversy. Back in 2014, many people also accused them of misogynistic lyrics for "War of Hormones" because of the lines, "women are the best gift" and "wear high heels more often," which netizens believed were messages that objectify women. The controversy got bigger when RM released the song, "Joke" on March 20, 2015. It is the sixth track on his mixtape, RM. The lyrics in question were, "You're the best woman, being bossy. You do so f*cking well, being bossy. But when I think about it, you were never the boss. Instead of boss, I'll say gonorrhea." This created negative reactions from many netizens, stating that his message in the song isn't only misogynistic, but also overly sexual in nature.

With more netizens accusing BTS of misogyny, Big Hit Entertainment finally intervened by apologizing on BTS' behalf through an official statement that also includes a promise to do better in educating the boys and being careful in the future.

5. Multiple Death Threats

There are many amusing instances when BTS members tease each other or make fun of themselves, but only full-blooded ARMYs are used to BTS making jokes. They tend to be very casual around each other, even during interviews. During "The Red Bullet" concert tour in 2015, RM received death threats that may have been the cause of his response during an interview in Australia where he said, "When I first saw V and J-Hope, I couldn't see them because they were too black." This stirred emotions from netizens and many people who didn't know RM much, referred to his comment as borderline racist. As a result of the threats he was getting, all the fan events scheduled in New York were canceled. The threats didn't stop there because a few weeks later, RM received a death threat again. The culprit openly announced that RM would be killed in Mexico for their "Red Bullet" concert tour.

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RM

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