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"BTS Achieved All Goals in Only Half a Year" Korean News Media's End of the Year Evaluation

voomvoom 2018.12.26 10:50
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December 24th, Korean medias that chose BTS as their keyword for this year's popular music. Photo by VoomVoom

December 24th, Korean medias that chose BTS as their keyword for this year's popular music. Photo by VoomVoom

December 26th 2018 Joongang Ilbo. Photo by VoomVoom

December 26th 2018 Joongang Ilbo. Photo by VoomVoom

※As the year draws to an end, Korean news media are beginning to recap and expound upon the events that occurred in popular culture this year. It will be hard, however, to speak of 2018 without mentioning BTS. The first Korean artists to top the Billboard 200 charts, twice, and also make entry into the top ten of Billboard Hot 100, these feats achieved in May and September of this year respectively are only the beginning of their numerous accomplishments. Here is what major Korean news media have to say about BTS as they look back at popular music in 2018. 
 
①"BTS flew into the world" (2018.12.25 Joongang Ilbo)
Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

It is almost impossible to talk of this year's K-pop, no, World pop without giving an honorary reference to BTS. Having made it impossible to even list each and every one of their new record-setting achievements, their influence has gone above and beyond the average pop music artist. Speaking at UNICEF, and being featured in the World Economic Forum, this team that showed us the might of K-pop is expected to only rise in their popularity next year.   
 
②"2018 was the year of BTS" (2018.12.24 Sisa Press)
Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

2018 was BTS's "Spring Day". BTS exceeded their single existing competition: BTS of the past. 
 
 
③"BTS's influence went beyond the world of popular music" (2018.12.24 Josun Ilbo)
Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

This year's most-talked-about issue was without question the "BTS Syndrome." At the beginning of the year, BTS had confidently proclaimed their goals. "Reaching No. 1 in the Billboard charts, attending the Grammy awards, and holding stadium tours--we want to be the most influential singers in the world." With the exception of a Grammy Award, BTS has already achieved all that they have said they would, in only half a year. 
 
 
④"2018 is without question BTS's year" (2018.12.24 Kukmin Ilbo)
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Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

This year has been a busy one for music reporters, with each new feat BTS achieved. Though BTS's skyrocketing popularity was nothing new, it was definitely a year where they continued to build on their never-ending accomplishments. 
 
 
⑤"'Idol or Artist?' An unnecessary distinction" (2018.12.24 Hankyoreh)
Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

Now more commonly known by their English reference of "BTS" rather than their Korean "Bangtan boys," it is natural that BTS receives not only the attention of Korean media, but also of other media worldwide. More and more people are expressing shock and interest at this "phenomenon" from the east and are starting to interpret them with their own language. 
 
 
Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

Photo from @bts_bighit Twitter

 
Korean news media are rushing to put forward BTS in this year's recap of popular music. The whole world watches in hope that in the next 2019 BTS may only continue to do as they have done. 
 
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