- BTS: The Review Book
"The greatest boy band in the world" -ABC
An in-depth review of BTS' music by a voting member of the KMA.
No. 1 on the Billboard 200, winner of "Favorite Social Artist" at the American Music Awards, back-to-back winners for the past two years of "Outstanding Social Artist" at the Billboard Music Awards, and nominated for "Best Recording Ensemble" at the Grammy Awards - BTS is breaking record after record as they move forward without fear. In 2018, they successfully sold out their "Love Yourself" world tour, which spanned forty-two shows in more than twenty cities around the world, including the United States, Japan, and the United Kingdom. In October 2018, more than 50,000 concertgoers sang their Korean songs en masse at Citi Field in New York City. This year, they have already sold out their show at Wembley Stadium, the second largest venue in Europe with a capacity of 90,000, in just ninety minutes. What is behind the extraordinary popularity of BTS, often referred to as the "BTS phenomenon"?
This book is the first attempt to discover the distinguishing factor of BTS through their music. Youngdae Kim is a Seattle-based music critic. For over a decade, he has been observing and studying trends in American pop music and K-pop. In this book, he reviews every track on their sixteen albums and analyzes the essence of the BTS syndrome in the United States. Kim also delves into various aspects of "BTS-pop" through interviews with hip-hop journalist Bong-hyeon Kim, literary critic Hyeong-cheol Shin, Korean Music Awards selection committee chairman Chang-nam Kim, Billboard columnist Jeff Benjamin, pop tenor and Grammy Award voting member Hyung-joo Lim.