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BTS fans match K-pop superstars' $1 million Black Lives Matter donation

Jun 08, 2020 - 5:18 PM

One in an Army says they were able to raise the money from nearly 35,000 donors to match the group's donation

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

BTS, Big Hit Entertainment donate $1 million to Black Lives Matter

Jun 07, 2020 - 1:02 PM

'We stand against racial discrimination,' the group earlier said in its Twitter account

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 26: (Top) Lil Nas X (C) performs with Jin, V, SUGA, Jimin, RM, J-Hope and Jungkook of BTS onstage during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFP

Thailand approves $9-billion airport project by Bangkok's skytrain operator

Jun 02, 2020 - 10:55 PM

BTS Group Holdings, which operates Bangkok's skytrain, leads a consortium of companies approved to develop the Eastern Airport City project

Passengers check in to an AirAsia flight at U-Tapao Airport in Rayong on February 4, 2020, where Thais nationals who had been evacuated from Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, are expected to arrive. (Photo by Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP)

BTS' 'DNA' music video hits 1 billion views on YouTube

Jun 01, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Definitely still a bop more than two years later

ANOTHER RECORD. The colorful music video has been viewed over 1 billion times on YouTube. Screenshot from BigHit's Youtube

BTS members share own graduation stories in ‘Dear Class of 2020’

May 20, 2020 - 4:50 PM

The 7-member group also performs during the YouTube special for the Class of 2020

CONGRATULATIONS! K-pop sensation BTS addresses the Class of 2020. Still from BANGTAN TV

Want that K-pop idol body? Follow these workouts

May 02, 2020 - 10:50 PM

Watch how Momo of TWICE, Jungkook of BTS, and DK and Seungkwan of SEVENTEEN exercise

DANCE MACHINE. TWICE member Momo (right) is popular for her toned abs. Photo from Instagram/twicetagram


LOOK: K-pop stars who are gamers behind the scenes

Apr 22, 2020 - 10:51 PM

League of Legends, Starcraft, and Overwatch are among the most popular video games for K-pop idols

VIRTUAL WORLD. TWICE leader Jihyo (right) says she feels "the truest to myself" when playing video games. Photo from Instagram/@twicetagram


BTS to hold at-home concert series on YouTube

Apr 11, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Mark your calendars for April 18 and 19, ARMYs!

BANG BANG CON. K-pop superstars BTS will be streaming a series of their previous concerts on their YouTube channel. Photo from Twitter.com/BTS_twt

BTS song ‘On’ debuts at number 4 on Billboard's Hot 100

Mar 03, 2020 - 10:23 AM

Two other tracks from BTS' 'Map of the Soul: 7' album also make it to the list

BTS cancels Seoul concerts as coronavirus spreads in South Korea – agency

Feb 28, 2020 - 2:33 PM

The 4 concerts were scheduled to take place between April 11 and 19 at Seoul's Olympic Stadium

BTS. In this file photo taken in December 2019, BTS performs onstage in Los Angeles, California. The K-pop megastars cancelled 4 Seoul concerts in April as the number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea passed 2,000. Photo by Frederic J. Brown / AFP

WATCH: James Corden, BTS drive through LA and attend a dance class

Feb 26, 2020 - 3:40 PM

Papa Mochi, please

BTS KARAOKE. The K-pop group is featured in the latest edition of the 'Late Late Show' segment. Screenshot from Youtube

Coronavirus forces BTS to stream album press conference from empty hall

Feb 24, 2020 - 6:05 PM

The group releases the album 'Map of the Soul: 7'

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 21: K-pop boy band BTS visit the SiriusXM Studios on February 21, 2020 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM/AFP

BTS drops 'Map of the Soul: 7,' 'kinetic manifesto film' for lead single

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:20 PM

Plus! There's a Spotify-exclusive 'enhanced' album that includes commentary from the group

NEW ALBUM. BTS drops a new album. Image courtesy of Big Hit/Spotify release

LISTEN: Teen rapper Alex Bruce's new single 'Go Crazy' is co-written with BTS collaborator August Rigo

Feb 20, 2020 - 2:28 PM

August, along with producer Vince Nantes, recently worked on BTS' hit 'Black Swan'

COLLAB. August Rigo and Alex Bruce collaborate for her new single, 'Go Crazy.' Photo courtesy of Sony Music Philippines

BTS to perform at 2020 Grammys 'Old Town Road' segment

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:13 AM

The K-pop sensation will join Lil Nas X, Billy Ray Cyrus, and other artists for a special 'Old Town Road All-Stars' segment

BTS AT THE GRAMMYS. The idol group will be performing during a special segment. Photo from BTS's Instagram

Pinoy songwriters co-write in BTS' new single 'Black Swan'

Jan 18, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Vince Nantes and August Rigo co-wrote the K-pop group's latest release

BTS. The K-pop sensations release their new single 'Black Swan,' co-written by Filipino songwriters Vince Nantes and August Rigo. Screenshot from Twitter.com/bts_bighit

BTS is dropping a new album on February 21

Jan 08, 2020 - 5:32 PM

'Map of the Soul: 7' will be coming on February 21

THEY'RE BACK. South Korean group BTS will be dropping a brand new album soon. Photo from BTS' Instagram account

[OPINION] Asia's Winners and Losers in 2019: From K-Pop sensation BTS to the beleaguered people of Hong Kong

Jan 01, 2020 - 10:42 AM

So, who was up and who was down in the Indo-Pacific region in 2019? Here’s our assessment.

BTS to hold tour in April 2020

Dec 24, 2019 - 2:01 PM

Does this mean a comeback is coming sooner than we think?

The ARMYs' dream home in Seoul

Dec 23, 2019 - 12:06 PM

That RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook had visited the House of BTS themselves makes the experience more exciting for their fans, collectively known as ARMY. The pop-up store is open until January 5, 2020.

Photo by Nikko Dizon/Rappler

BTS, EXO most tweeted about K-pop groups in PH for 2019

Dec 13, 2019 - 8:22 PM

In 3rd place is BLACKPINK! Did your favorite group make it to Twitter Philippines' list?

Taylor Swift leads Forbes’ 2019 list of top-earning musicians

Dec 07, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Rapper Kanye West is a close second, while K-pop sensation BTS enter the list for the first time

HIGHEST EARNING. Taylor Swift performs onstage at the 2019 American Music Awards in Los Angeles in November 2019. The pop star recently topped Forbes' list of highest-earning musicians in 2019. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp/AFP

BTS's Jungkook investigated over car crash

Nov 04, 2019 - 2:59 PM

(UPDATED) Both the singer and the taxi driver were treated for minor injuries

GOLDEN MAKNAE. BTS member Jungkook figures in a car accident involving the violation of a traffic law, according to police. Image from Jungkook's official fanstagram

K-pop group BTS finishes world tour with millions generated

Nov 01, 2019 - 12:31 PM

The BTS world tour, which ran from August 2018, drew a total audience of more than two million at 62 shows in 23 cities, according to Big Hit Entertainment

K-Pop's BTS rocks out in ultra-conservative Saudi

Oct 13, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The Korean group visits Riyadh as the kingdom seeks to transform its ultra-conservative image

BTS member RM donates $83,000 to hearing-impaired students

Sep 21, 2019 - 10:29 AM

To celebrate his birthday, RM donates around 100 million won to the Seoul Samsung School for hearing-impaired students

BTS label to hold global auditions for K-pop girl group

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:19 PM

Big Hit Entertainment is scouting for new members for their upcoming 2021 K-pop girl group – why not give it a shot?

K-pop superstars BTS to take 'long-term break'

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:33 AM

The group is set to take their 'first official long-term break since their debut'

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 15, 2019 South Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, pose on the red carpet at the 28th Seoul Music Awards in Seoul. - The seven-piece South Korean boy band, whose world tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself", came to Paris for two nights late last week, after a string of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and London's iconic Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

WATCH: BTS leads UNICEF's #EndViolence campaign

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:26 PM

The K-pop group stars in a campaign launched on International Friendship Day

BTS fans get chance to manage their idols in new game

Jun 25, 2019 - 2:28 PM

BTS World – set to release on June 26 – is a role-playing game where the user is the band manager, recruiting and training the musicians and guiding the group in their quest for stardom

LOOK: Uniqlo's BT21 shirts are every BTS Army's dream tee come true

Jun 21, 2019 - 6:55 PM

Which BT21 character are you going to wear?

Korean pop titans BTS conquers the West

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Worldwide success BTS is the first ever K-pop group to top music charts in America and Britain

BTS K-Pop concert damages Stade de France pitch before rugby final

Jun 15, 2019 - 12:32 PM

The field's area affected by the concert will be replaced before the game scheduled on Saturday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 15, 2019 South Korean boy band BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, pose on the red carpet at the 28th Seoul Music Awards in Seoul. - The seven-piece South Korean boy band, whose world tour "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself", came to Paris for two nights late last week, after a string of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and London's iconic Wembley Stadium. (Photo by Jung Yeon-je / AFP)

WATCH: BTS channels The Beatles in 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

May 16, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The K-pop sensation pays tribute to The Beatles in the same theater where the Fab Four made their US television debut

BEATLES TRIBUTE. K-pop sensation BTS isn't shying away from comparisons to The Beatles. Screenshot from The Late Show's Facebook page

BTS is Top Group at 2019 Billboard Awards

May 02, 2019 - 11:14 AM

'This is all possible because of the little things we shared together,' RM tells BTS' loyal 'Army'

BILLBOARD WIN. K-pop sensation BTS at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Photo from Billboard's Twitter

K-pop phenomenon BTS first Korean act to top UK chart

Apr 20, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The band's latest album 'Map of the soul: Persona' went straight in at number one

TOP OF THE CHARTS. The K-pop group is the first Korean act to to top Britain's album chart. Photo from Instagram.com/bts.bighitofficial

BTS to appear on 'Saturday Night Live' in April

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:26 AM

BTS meets SNL? We can't wait!

The BTS boys are being turned into dolls

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Toy manufacturer Mattel has announced an upcoming official doll line featuring all 7 BTS members!

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Dec 31, 2018 - 1:32 PM

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BTS film screening in Russia canceled

Dec 30, 2018 - 7:04 PM

The screening of the movie 'BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul,' gets canceled after the group was accused of being 'gay'

Screenshot from Twitter/@bts_official

K-pop's BTS 'worth $3.6 billion a year' to South Korea

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The boyband's contribution to their country's economy is worth 26 mid-size companies

NATIONAL TREASURES. BTS is expected to generate an economic value in the trillions if they maintain their popularity. Photo from Facebook.com/bangtan.official

Britain's largest telco removes Huawei equipment from 4G network

Dec 06, 2018 - 10:27 AM

The telco's announcement comes with Washington reportedly pushing its allies to shun Huawei technology as they roll out next-generation 5G networks

HUAWEI. In this file photo taken on July 8, 2018, a woman uses her mobile phone in front of a Huawei logo at Beijing International Consumer Electronics Expo in Beijing. Photo by Wang Zhao/AFP


BTS' management apologizes over Nazi hats controversy

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:23 AM

'Big Hit bears all responsibilities for not providing the necessary and careful support to our artist that may have prevented these issues,' the company says in a statement

BTS CONTROVERSY. The K-pop group finds itself in hot water over a shoot from years back. Image from BTS' official Instagram account

BTS leader RM's playlist 'mono' now available as a free download

Oct 23, 2018 - 9:38 AM

Are you digging RM's solo release?

ANOTHER SOLO. Rapper RM releases another mixtape... err, playlist. Image from 'mono'

RM of BTS to release solo 'playlist' on October 23

Oct 22, 2018 - 9:57 AM

'mono' will be RM's second solo mixtape

'mono' SOON. The BTS leader and spokesperson is set to drop another solo endeavor. Image from RM's Instagram account

Here's where you can watch BTS docu 'Burn The Stage: The Movie' in the Philippines

Oct 16, 2018 - 5:33 PM

From the stage to the big screen, ARMY, get ready to watch your favorite Korean boys in this documentary

BTS wins Favorite Social Artist at 2018 American Music Awards

Oct 10, 2018 - 12:00 PM

The K-pop group bested other artists including Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Cardi B, and Shawn Mendes

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Sep 25, 2018 - 1:14 PM

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BTS at UN urge world's youth to 'just speak yourself'

Sep 25, 2018 - 9:46 AM

'We have learned to love ourselves, so now I urge you to 'speak yourself''

BTS AT UN. The Bangtan Boys appear before the United Nations. Screenshot from the UN Youtube account

Gridlock and K-pop: Things to know about the UN General Assembly

Sep 24, 2018 - 3:20 PM

130 world leaders are attending the United Nations this week, as well as K-pop sensation BTS, the world's most popular boy band

UNICEF GUESTS. K-pop sensation BTS – the world's most popular boy band – speaks at the launch of the "Generation Unlimited" UNICEF campaign.