[Trans] 161109 BTS’ MD Interview: “You say we suddenly became popular? We have made our way up step by step”

Boy group BTS had their goodbye stage after leaving impressive records. BTS has wrapped up their promotions for their 2nd full album, ‘WINGS’, through this week’s music shows. We asked BTS about their thoughts on an all-kill on the charts, their first place on music programs, charts, and international charts, and other various records they have broken.
“The ‘Blood Sweat & Tears’ promotions were tough, but nothing just comes to you (if you don’t work for it). The results were good as well, so I’m very happy. I’m always laughing these days.” (Rap Monster)
With this album, BTS has been on the Billboard 200 chart for 3 weeks straight with a record of 26th on the chart; both are a first for any Korean artist. BTS picked this achievement as the one that means the most to them. They also showed proudness at their all-kill on the charts, 1st place on music programs, and more. They even crashed Naver V LIVE’s server due to the explosive response from the fans before their comeback. There is a rumor that BTS has difficulty arranging live shows due to this reason. Jin said, “There is no unimportant achievement to us because they are all presents given to us by united fans.”
When we asked BTS if they feel this kind of popularity and growth, they shook their heads in response.
“After our promotion period started, there was no chance to experience our popularity due to our continuous music broadcast schedules. Though, it was cool seeing ourselves being mentioned on variety programs recently. I also realized our popularity after seeing news articles about us.” (Jungkook)
“Recently, I was watching MBC ‘Radio Star’, and I was so surprised when our name was mentioned. It’s really cool, and I can’t even believe it. I think I’ve figured our position (of popularity) after seeing ourselves on the news.” (Suga)
Many think that BTS hit ‘daebak(jackpot)’ this one time and ‘suddenly became popular’, but BTS has had many ups and downs and has put in a lot of time and effort to get to where they are now. Their good response is not just because of luck and good timing.
“I want to give this promotion period a 10 out of 10. The results were above my expectations; I want to give it a generous score. I feel proud as we are satisfied with the album, and the fans are loving it as well. That’s why I think we can give ourselves a high score.” (J-Hope, V)
“Others say that this promotion period suddenly did well, but I don’t think that’s true. It’s just that now, it’s on the surface. Even we have wondered ‘why are we so slow?’. We were going up, but it seemed so slow. We’ve always worried ‘can’t we hit the jackpot with our releases?’, but I think this time we’ve released something that’s come pretty close.” (Rap Monster)
“Our promotion periods may seem short because we don’t appear that often on variety shows outside of music programs. Though in reality, we release albums so often we could probably get the perfect attendance award on music programs. It’s just that there are more people who got to know us through ‘화양연화’. Our fans know that we have slowly but surely been moving up.” (Suga)
Before promotions, BTS said their goal was the ‘daesang’ award. Surprisingly, they are considerably closer to that goal. Many officials of the music industry are carefully predicting their daesang win. It is because their digital, physical, and music video views (along with other factors) do not fall behind other big groups.
“The daesang isn’t exactly a goal; it’s more like a vague dream. If we just continue to work hard, wouldn’t it eventually follow? Like how we didn’t make the album thinking ‘let’s get 26th on the Billboard chart!’, I think we just need to keep following our path.” (Jimin)
“In the past, I was very attached to the results, but now I think I just need to work hard. It was more stressful always being focused on the results, but I realized that being comfortable and having fun on stage is more important.” (Jin)
On the other hand, BTS, who has wrapped up their promotions, will be holding their A.R.M.Y 3rd fanmeeting ‘BTS 3RD MUSTER ARMY .ZIP+’ on November 12-13 at the Seoul Gocheok Skydome.

Trans by ARMY Base | @bangtanitl

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