Kim Hyunjung (KHJ): Hello Rap Monster. Congratulations!
Rap Monster (RM): Hi, nice to meet you, this is Rapmon from BTs.
KHJ: You are in Las Vegas right?
RM: We have some additional schedules so we’re heading to LA from Las Vegas noe. Please excuse me for taking the call while on the road, thank you.
KHJ: You’re really well-manner. I’m the one who should say thank you for taking the call in such situation.
RM: It’s my honor.
KHJ:To be honest, did you go there with expectation?
RM: Of course, we had a lot of expectation. We thought that we shouldn’t have any expectation but at the same time, we expected a lot too. “They called us all the way here, wouldn’t they give us the award? But anyway let’s not hope too much,” we were kind of in a dilemma.
KHJ: How did you feel like when they called out BTS’ name at a stage like that?
RM: We talked about this among ourselves already too, it didn’t feel real. We just went out to the stage like we were being possessed by something, and in front of us were people like Drake, DJ Khaled. It felt like we were dreaming.
KHJ: Felt like you were dreaming? Back then when you were a trainee, have you ever dreamt of a stage like this?
RM: We actually have never dreamt of anything this big. When we were still trainees, around 1 year before debuting, we went to see a sunbae group’s concert at Olympic Gymnastics Arena. We talked about having to stand on this kind of stage at least once before retiring. We didn’t dare to imagine of attending an award show like BBMAs and receiving an award in front of such people.
KHJ: So you were watching the concert at Olympic Gymnastics Arena and you said “Wow, we have to do a concert here at least once before we die, don’t we?”. Was it your dream?
RM: It was nearly exactly what I said. For real.
KHJ: Those trainees now walked on the dream stage of Billboard and became the first among K-pop idol groups.
RM: It’s our honor.
KHJ: What do you think is the main factor to such global popularity? What is the core point?
RM: The local media outlets always ask us this too so I thought about this a lot, since I have to answer them. And I asked around too, of course. I think K-pop is like a gift set, an assorted gift ser. The music, the choreography, music videos and what we always do, communication on SNS. These things are combined together and once you fall for something, for example, if you listen to the music, you will watch music videos, then if you find the choreography cool, you will look up for performances on Youtube and find the fun videos that we always shoot, then you will check out our SNS and find out what thoughts we have. I can say that it’s extremely easily accessible. So the process of becoming our fans is extremely easy too. And most of all, our typical type of music or lyrics tell the stories of the youth in all over the world, no matter if it’s across the globe or Korea, the youth all feel the same emotions. We think it can create a bond of sympathy more easily, letting them think “So they feel like this in Korea too.”
KNJ: Your songs are in Korean, can those feelings be delivered? Including the lyrics too?
RM: The Internet and such are developing strongly these days, so even if we just tweet something, a lot of people would immediately translate it to not just English, but also multiple languages like Romanian, Portugese.
KHJ: So they translate and make subtitles in multiple languages?
RM: That’s correct. Nearly all of our contents have subtitles, so it’s easier to know what we talk about, what we write, what our lyrics say. I think we are benefitting a lot from the media.
KHJ: An assorted gift set made up from those things. And the finalization of it, the finalization of 2017, we can think it’s BTS.
RM: Thank you for saying that.
KHJ: But Rap Monster, how can you speak so well like that?
RM: Thank you. There’s a lot of chances where I need to speak on behalf of the group, so I think I have to speak well to dignify our group. I always think in my head first.
KHJ: You pulled out English interviews perfectly too. The assorted gift set story you talked about is true in many ways. It makes me think idols are indeed incredible, you started from Olympic Gymnastics Arena and now took home a Billboard award. What will be your next goal?
RM: Our next goal is a worldwide stadium tour. Stadium tour is the kind of tour that attracts at lease 30,000, 40,000 to 50,000 audiences. I can say that our next goal is to hold a worldwide stadium tour.
KHJ: So us older generation can understand that it’s like when Michael Jackson holds a concert and have 3-40,000 audiences?
RM: Yes, we want to do that.
KHJ: Earlier you said when you went to the concert at Olympic Gymnastics Arena yiu wanted to be like that sunbae group, who was that sunbae?
RM: They are called Highlight now right? We got a chance to go to Highlight - formerly known as B2ST - sunbaenim’s concert in 2012. We sat at the back.
KHJ: At the back?
RM: They were so cool so we told each other like “Let’s become like those sunbaenim”. We still sometimes talk about that among ourselves now.
KHJ: It would be even happier because you made it after going through hardships. Having a busy schedule must be really tiring right? What do you want to do first when you come back home?
RM: I always like enjoying the park or landscapes. I sometimes come to Gyeongbokgung too, it helps filling out the feeling of emptiness. I heard the Seoullo 7017 (a pedestrial overpass) has been opened.
KHJ: Yes, Seoullo. Oh, do you follow current events too? How did you know Seoullo is opened when you go abroad that frequently?
RM: I take a lot of flights and they always have newspapers there, so I read them.
KHJ: You need to be this level to become a global idol. Rap Monster, congratulations again. I hope you can soon come back and take a walk in the park or Seoullo 7017. I’ll continue to support and look forward to your future activities and worldwide stadium tour.
A New Jersey family is threatening to sue JetBlue airlines for removing them from a plane over a birthday cake on May 3.
As Cameron Burke — along with his wife and two kids — boarded his flight to Las Vegas from JFK in New York City, the family stored a birthday cake in one of the airplane’s overhead compartment bins, which are reportedly reserved for emergency equipment.
According to the Huffington Post, a JetBlue spokesman claimed the family repeatedly refused to remove the cake from the bin.
“The customers became agitated, cursed and yelled at the crew and made false accusations about a crew member’s fitness to fly,” a statement from the airline read.
Burke denied those allegations to WABC News, an ABC affiliate in New York. A video seems to back Burke’s version of the story.
In the video clip, his son can be seen crying and his daughter saying, “Daddy, I feel scared.” Burke is also seen speaking with a Port Authority officer. Read more (5/15/17)
K-Pop Superstars BTS Will Attend 2017 Billboard Music Awards
The group is nominated for top social artist at the show, which airs live May 21 from Las Vegas.
K-pop fans might recognize some familiar faces on the red carpet of this year’s Billboard Music Awards.
BTS announced Monday (May 8) that they will attend the BBMAs in hopes of winning the award for top social artist. The event will be the K-pop superstars’ first U.S. red carpet.
Their nomination for top social artist is no surprise, as the group hit its 23rd week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart on May 6, moving out of a tie with Miley Cyrus and Rihanna for third place in most weeks atop the chart.
BTS have 5.4 million Twitter followers and are a viral powerhouse on YouTube, with their videos for “Not Today,” “Spring Day” and “Change” amassing an average of 100 million views since their release in March.
The 2017 BBMAs will take place at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 21. The show will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.
i need more game related stuff on my dash, so if you post anything on this list please like/reblog, and i’ll follow you
• resident evil
• dragon age
• mass effect
• assassin’s creed
• until dawn
• life is strange
• telltale games (the walking dead game, tales from the borderlands, the wolf among us, etc.)
• silent hill
• really just games in general
although weirdly enough out of all the people i can remember pete interacting with in the show, as far as i can tell, hes only taller than sonny and daniela,, which is weird to think about, he just seems really tall because he literally only stands by tiny tiny sonny
even so! he’s the perfect height,,
the perfect height difference for hugs and forehead kisses,, how lucky we all are
Nope. I think they are going to stay in the U.S. for a bit longer. There have been multiple media outlets posting that they will be interviewing BTS today. So far I have seen two interviewers and one radio station tweet about BTS and all three are based in LA, so I think they will be there. (EDIT: It was also mentioned in a phone interview that I uploaded yesterday that BTS was traveling via bus from Las Vegas to LA.) Then after this they might fly straight to Australia (for the WINGS TOUR in Sydney) or to Korea. It all depends. - Kylie