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Rap Monster of Breakout K-Pop Band BTS on Fans, Fame and Viral Popularity

BTS may be the biggest musical act you’ve never heard of — unless you’re already one of the Korean pop group’s millions-strong fanbase. The seven-member boy band, Bangtan Sonyeondan (or BTS for short), is know for their catchy pop-rap, sharp music video choreography and candid social media presence. They’ve recently leveraged their popularity into blockbuster stadium tours and Billboard’s prize for Top Social Artists of the year, as well as nabbing a spot on TIME’s list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet.

It’s not hard to see why: a live video of two members applying face masks roped in half a million concurrent viewers. Their backstage selfies regularly rack up half a million likes. A red carpet appearance can kick off a global Twitter trend. But how did they get here?

“We’re just a normal group of boys from humble backgrounds who had a lot of passion and a dream to be famous,” says singer and songwriter Kim Nam-joon, who goes by the moniker Rap Monster and, as the only English-speaking member of the group, often represents BTS in interviews. Currently on tour in Japan, Rap Monster took the time to explain BTS’ rise and how the group feeds its hungry fanbase.

How did the BTS group come together?

Rap Monster: Back in 2010, I was introduced to Mr. Bang [Bang Si Hyuk], our executive producer [and CEO of BigHit Entertainment]. I was an underground rapper and only 16 years old, a freshman at high school. Bang thought I had potential as a rapper and lyricist, and we went from there. Then SUGA joined us. [Third group member] J-hope was really popular as a dancer in his hometown. We were the first three! We debuted as a collaboration between the seven of us in June 2013. We came together with a common dream to write, dance and produce music that reflects our musical backgrounds as well as our life values of acceptance, vulnerability and being successful. The seven of us have pushed each other to be the best we can be for the last four years. It has made us as close as brothers. BTS as a group sort of took off with the success of our 2015 album that had our hit single “I NEED U.”

When did you first realize you were developing a global fandom?

We didn’t realize we were becoming famous until we were invited to KCONs [K-pop music festivals] in the U.S. and Europe in 2014 or 2015. Thousands of fans were calling our name at the venue, and almost everyone memorized the Korean lyrics of our songs, which was amazing and overwhelming. Who would have thought that people from across the ocean, Europe, the U.S., South America, even Tahiti, would love our songs and performances, just by watching them on YouTube? We were just grateful… and we still are.

BTS has millions of followers on every social media platform. How do you interact with your fans online? What kind of connections are you making?

We mostly interact with our Twitter messages by uploading selfies, [sharing] music recommendations and street fashion photos, etc. It’s about our daily life as a band on tour — and also as a group of silly friends who make fun of one another backstage. We don’t really get to reply to fans on a regular basis because there are just so many of them. But we do try to read all the reactions and replies. It’s also always interesting and inspiring for us to see what they create for us.

Why do you think you’ve been able to build such a massive online fanbase? How did it happen?

Everyone asks us that question. It’s a team effort taken from what happens to us in our everyday life. It’s not easy to run a social media account over a long period of time, but we love communicating with our fans every day and night. For example, I use the hashtag #RMusic to introduce or recommend a song I like, and I’ve been doing that for a long time. I love music and I truly enjoy sharing with our fans. Music transcends language. BTS communicates with our fans by staying true to ourselves and believing in music every day.

How does having this huge fandom impact your approach to music and to what you sing about?

BTS fans — the “ARMY” — tell us about their feelings, failures, passions and struggles all the time. We are often inspired by [them], because we try to write about how real young people — like the seven of us — face real-life issues. Most of our music is about how we perceive the world and how we try to persist as normal, average human beings. So our fans inspire us and give us a direction to go as musicians. And of course, their love and support keeps us going.

How is BTS different from other big K-pop groups? Is it your music, your engagement with supporters, or something else?

I can’t speak for other artists; every group has a different approach. For us, it will always be important to keep working hard, dancing better, writing better songs, touring and setting an example. A lot of people say this, but it’s really true for us: we are living a dream, all seven of us, being able to pursue what we love. We strive to [put] everything into our music. Our lyrics deal with real issues that face all humans: choices in life, depression, self-esteem. And the fans know that we are there for them, and they are there for us.

What’s next? What are you most excited for?

Well, we definitely continue to have big dreams. We tour all over the world, but the shows in the U.S. really opened our eyes to so many new things in the States. And when we won the Billboard Music Award, we were so honored and got to meet so many artists that we love and admire that we can’t wait to return to the States.

© Raisa Bruner @ TIME

anonymous asked:

Am I the only one upset with YNWA comeback? It's been barely 4 months since WINGS came out, and they've been busy with concert preparations and now comeback preparations... Sigh, and this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if they were to part ways with Big Hit in future :-/

I’m sorry that this turned into an extremely long answer, but I felt the need to do this.

Hm, I don’t know, I can’t say I agree with you. I mean, I wouldn’t say that they aren’t overworked or anything, but how come no one has ever considered that maybe it’s the members who want this, and it isn’t the company that is forcing it unto them?

I’ve mentioned this before, but BTS was formed for their musicality in the first place, they have a different purpose in comparison to other idols. Most if not all the members focus a lot on the music part of their career, so I find that it’s only normal that they would want to constantly come out with new music, which explains all the active comebacks they have despite the short breaks between comebacks. Same goes for concerts/tours that they do; if you’re someone who wants to make music, you want to connect with people through music, naturally you’d want to be able to perform and showcase this music, no?

And regarding BigHit, I think people don’t give them enough credit, honestly. Yeah, they lack in certain areas, but which entertainment company out there can you call perfect? If anything, BigHit has done swell when it comes to the management of the boys.

Before I talk about the good in BigHit, I am aware about their problems as a company. They constantly come up with new content to sell to the fans for extra profit, and they never really give fans much time to prepare themselves for a new comeback/release of new content. When it comes to the members themselves, I’m sure they have their own complains towards the company. Take Suga, the one who has been the most vocal about his complaints, as an example. At the start of BTS’ career, he talked about how he was conned into learning how to dance and becoming an idol, when all along he thought and was promised that all he needed to do was write music and rap. He was expecting to become a group like 1TYM, not a group known for their knife-like choreography. Watch the evidence here, it starts at 19:00. But over the years, I think Yoongi doesn’t feel against it anymore, because BTS is recognized for their dance and has been rewarded a ton of awards for best dance. Then fast forward after countless of comebacks with multiple hair colours, Yoongi has seriously damaged scalp and over bleached hair. He said he was going to sue BigHit for hair loss, and even though most took it as a joke, he didn’t only talk about it once, he said it twice. If anything, Yoongi isn’t really someone to say things he doesn’t mean. He’s a straightforward type guy, and he probably really feels dissatisfied towards the company for constantly bleaching his hair. The first time he talked about it was here (5:19 mark), and the second time, here (2:22 mark). He also talked about how people who dye their hair constantly suffer at the Gaon Charts Yinyuetai interview earlier this year. The era where they were most overworked was probably during their RUN days, and Yoongi talked about this too. It’s in this video, at the 5:09 mark as well as the 10:59 mark onwards. They haven’t slept more than 3 hours, they have back to back schedules, etc.

Now, with all that aside, I am aware of the vices of BigHit, but back to my point - BigHit has done swell when it comes to the management of the boys. 

There are a few aspects when it comes to this. We can talk about the efforts BigHit makes in ensuring that they are able to keep their artistes satisfied. One classic example would be Yoongi. I just talked about how he’s complained throughout the RUN era about his hair and scalp, and what did BigHit do for the Blood, Sweat and Tears era?

The fact that BigHit gave Jin and V the opportunity to sing bangtan’s first ever OST instead of the other members would be another classic example. BigHit could’ve given the duet to Jungkook and Jimin easily, considering they are the main and lead vocals respectively, but they gave it to Seokjin and Taehyung instead. Okay, you can argue and say it’s natural that Taehyung got it since he’s the one acting in the show, but how about Jin? Watch this, from the 28:00 mark. You can tell Seokjin really wanted a chance to sing an OST, and BigHit indeed gave him one, which he’s so grateful for.

Back to Yoongi again (he seems to be surfacing a lot today), as well as Rap Monster this time, and in due time, J-Hope. The former two have always been extremely passionate in their music, and there’s a lot of areas they cannot explore as rappers/musicians when it comes to working as a team, because they have to ensure that the song fits 7 members, that the song is something worth putting on an album, etc. It limits them a lot, so what did BigHit do? BigHit opened a SoundCloud account for them where they can freely post up their own tracks and random raps and even song covers when it comes to vocal line, and they’ve never limited what bangtan do/post on the SoundCloud account. In fact, BigHit even fully funded Yoongi and Namjoon’s mixtapes despite not being able to make any profit from doing so. They provided a set, cameras, make up and stylists, everything necessary to produce an MV, just so that they are able to come up with their own mixtapes for them to showcase the stories that they were unable to tell through BTS.

Even when it comes to schedules, BigHit never makes the members do things they don’t want to. Remember in Yoongi’s track, ‘The Last’?

Show me the money, it’s not that I couldn’t but I didn’t shit

Also, realize that Yoongi is the only member that has never tried emceeing yet? Yoongi is the only member who has yet to have his own solo appearance in any one variety show/schedule, and if you ask me, I really think it’s because Yoongi never intended to live the idol life in the first place. He just wants to make music, not go on shows for more exposure or anything. But BigHit never once forced him to doing any, doesn’t that say a lot?

Enough with keeping their artistes satisfied, let’s move on to the care factor the company has. In any other company, their idols are all overworked to the point of fainting/working despite injuries or health issues, etc. But what has BigHit done every time any one member is injured? Here’s a compact list of the more prominent occurrences.

  • 28th Dec 2013 - Yoongi was diagnosed with appendicitis, BigHit withdrew him from year end schedules.
  • 27th Dec 2015 - BigHit cancelled 2 concerts in Japan for the sake of Yoongi and Taehyung.
  • 30th Dec 2015 - Namjoon was withdrawn from year end schedules because of his leg injury.
  • 24th July 2016 - BigHit chose to let Namjoon rest despite the hospital giving him the green light to resume schedules because there was nothing seriously wrong with his health.
  • 30th Sept 2016 - BigHit withdrew Namjoon from the 2016 K-Pop World Festival performance as well as the Busan One Asia Festival performance so that his leg will not result in injury. It was a preventive measure on their end.
  • 22nd Dec 2016 - BigHit withdrew Yoongi from all further activities so that he can rest, when it was a ear injury which technically isn’t a very big deal.

BigHit could’ve easily made the members continue to promote and perform, because in most cases, it wasn’t really anything serious, but yet, they chose to make them rest instead. Other companies wouldn’t have done that unless the member has a leg injury or is bed ridden.

BigHit has also been very protective of their artistes. It’s very important that a company addresses issues early in order to protect their artistes, and it’s even more important that the company is willing to come to the rescue of their artistes when the need arises. There’s this, and there’s this too. There was also this too.

Another thing would be how BigHit doesn’t limit the boys in any way at all. Even as trainees, the boys were given handphones and allowed to communicate with the outside world through logs and Twitter, unlike every other idol trainee out there who practically lives in a dungeon. There was never dating bans in their contracts (evidence here) and they were never told to behave a certain way nor were they put under extremely strict diets. When they dieted, it was mostly out of their own will rather than their company wanting them to be slim or whatever.

In lyrics, they were never told to not talk about a certain topic, and in fact, they are now known for always attacking real world topics and issues. They aren’t the first group to do so, but it still definitely sets them apart from boring old romance lyrics in present day kpop.

And the most important thing of all…

And then there was Jin who talked about missing the managers,

I mean, if you don’t enjoy the time you spend with the company I don’t think you’d talk about missing them. You can tell they are grateful to these people who care for them no matter what. Remember how they all hugged their managers (not one, all) when they won the daesang?

Look at the managers looking so happy for them. The one in green striped shirt was hugging Jungkook and there’s Namjoon hugging the other manager on the right.

I don’t know about you, and although I wouldn’t say that they have a family bond with the staff, but you can tell they all really love each other and there’s definitely some form of a bond between them. Not just with the managers, but even with the producers who have worked hard behind the scenes for the boys. Look at this video, Mr Son and the staff who were with him were literally so elated for BTS’ first win. And then there was this, where Slow Rabbit (Big Hit producer) cried when bangtan got Artist of the Year at MAMA. Then there’s Pdogg (Big Hit producer, aka the man behind BTS’ title tracks) who was constantly supportive of the boys in his tweets here and here.

I can understand the heart of those ARMYs who are constantly upset with BigHit because they are worried about the members’ health in general, but sometimes we have to look at things from different perspectives. In my opinion, bangtan is happy under their management, and when they have complaints, Bang PD is willing to talk it out with them. I mean, he’s clearly close to the boys, to the point where he’s alright with joking around with them all the time. If he wasn’t we wouldn’t be blessed with things like this:

Even when renewal of contracts becomes an issue, I feel like he’d try to meet the needs of the members and he’d want to continue housing all 7 of them. BTS is the first group he’s ever produced. GLAM and 8Eight were collaborations with Source Music, HOMME, 2AM, and everyone else were transferred under him, so BTS would mean more to him than anything else. He single-handedly made them, so I don’t know. I don’t feel you on this.

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(schedule) group - ongoing

thursday, may 25th: [korea] shinee’s ninth anniversary
thursday, june 22nd: [japan] shinee’s sixth anniversary
tuesday, july 18th: taemin’s twenty-fourth birthday
saturday, september 23rd: key’s twenty-sixth birthday
saturday, december 9th: minho’s twenty-sixth birthday
thursday, december 14th: onew’s twenty-eighth birthday

unconfirmed - late april / early may: (onew) station single (with rocoberry)
saturday, april 22nd: [japan] shinee world 2017 (hiroshima, day i) (5pm)
sunday, april 23rd: [japan] shinee world 2017 (hiroshima, day ii) (3:30pm)
monday, april 24th (jonghyun) the collection [story op. 2] - digital (6pm)
tuesday, april 25th: (jonghyun) the collection [story op. 2] - physical (12pm)
thursday, april 28th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter - ticketing (8pm)
friday, april 28th: [japan] shinee world 2017 (tokyo, day i) (5:30pm)
saturday, april 29th: [japan] shinee world 2017 (tokyo, day ii) (4pm)
sunday, april 30th: [japan] shinee world 2017 (tokyo, day iii) (2:30pm)

saturday, may 13th: 2017 shilla duty free fan festival in seoul (tba)
saturday, may 15th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode one) (8pm) (tentative)
saturday, may 15th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode two) (8pm (tentative)
saturday, may 20th: [hong kong] shinee world v (lantau island) (6pm)
friday, may 26th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day i) (8pm)
saturday, may 27th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day ii) (4pm)
sunday, may 28th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iii, concert i) (3pm)
sunday, may 28th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iii, concert ii) (7pm)

unconfirmed - june: [japan] (taemin) first full japanese album
thursday, june 1st: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iv) (8pm)
friday, june 2nd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day v) (8pm)
saturday, june 3rd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day vi) (4pm)
sunday, june 4th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day vii) (4pm)
tuesday, june 6th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day viii) (4pm)
thursday, june 8th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day ix) (8pm)
friday, june 9th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day x) (8pm)
saturday, june 10th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xi) (4pm)
sunday, june 11th: [taiwan] shinee world v (new taipei city) (4pm)

saturday, july 1st: [japan] (taemin) taemin the 1st stage (5pm)
sunday, july 2nd: [japan] (taemin) taemin the 1st stage (2pm)
saturday, july 8th: smtown live world tour v (seoul, day i?) (tba)

saturday, october 21st: 2017 gangjin k-pop festival (tba) (tentative)

Rap Monster of Breakout K-Pop Band BTS on Fans, Fame and Viral Popularity

BTS may be the biggest musical act you’ve never heard of — unless you’re already one of the Korean pop group’s millions-strong fanbase. The seven-member boy band, Bangtan Sonyeondan (or BTS for short), is know for their catchy pop-rap, sharp music video choreography and candid social media presence. They’ve recently leveraged their popularity into blockbuster stadium tours and Billboard’s prize for Top Social Artists of the year, as well as nabbing a spot on TIME’s list of 25 Most Influential People on the Internet.

It’s not hard to see why: a live video of two members applying face masks roped in half a million concurrent viewers. Their backstage selfies regularly rack up half a million likes. A red carpet appearance can kick off a global Twitter trend. But how did they get here?

“We’re just a normal group of boys from humble backgrounds who had a lot of passion and a dream to be famous,” says singer and songwriter Kim Nam-joon, who goes by the moniker Rap Monster and, as the only English-speaking member of the group, often represents BTS in interviews. Currently on tour in Japan, Rap Monster took the time to explain BTS’ rise and how the group feeds its hungry fanbase. 

TIME: How did the BTS group come together?

Rap Monster: Back in 2010, I was introduced to Mr. Bang [Bang Si Hyuk], our executive producer [and CEO of BigHit Entertainment]. I was an underground rapper and only 16 years old, a freshman at high school. Bang thought I had potential as a rapper and lyricist, and we went from there. Then SUGA joined us. [Third group member] J-hope was really popular as a dancer in his hometown. We were the first three! We debuted as a collaboration between the seven of us in June 2013. We came together with a common dream to write, dance and produce music that reflects our musical backgrounds as well as our life values of acceptance, vulnerability and being successful. The seven of us have pushed each other to be the best we can be for the last four years. It has made us as close as brothers. BTS as a group sort of took off with the success of our 2015 album that had our hit single “I NEED U.”

When did you first realize you were developing a global fandom?

We didn’t realize we were becoming famous until we were invited to KCONs [K-pop music festivals] in the U.S. and Europe in 2014 or 2015. Thousands of fans were calling our name at the venue, and almost everyone memorized the Korean lyrics of our songs, which was amazing and overwhelming. Who would have thought that people from across the ocean, Europe, the U.S., South America, even Tahiti, would love our songs and performances, just by watching them on YouTube? We were just grateful… and we still are.

BTS has millions of followers on every social media platform. How do you interact with your fans online? What kind of connections are you making?

We mostly interact with our Twitter messages by uploading selfies, [sharing] music recommendations and street fashion photos, etc. It’s about our daily life as a band on tour — and also as a group of silly friends who make fun of one another backstage. We don’t really get to reply to fans on a regular basis because there are just so many of them. But we do try to read all the reactions and replies. It’s also always interesting and inspiring for us to see what they create for us.

Why do you think you’ve been able to build such a massive online fanbase? How did it happen?

Everyone asks us that question. It’s a team effort taken from what happens to us in our everyday life. It’s not easy to run a social media account over a long period of time, but we love communicating with our fans every day and night. For example, I use the hashtag #RMusic to introduce or recommend a song I like, and I’ve been doing that for a long time. I love music and I truly enjoy sharing with our fans. Music transcends language. BTS communicates with our fans by staying true to ourselves and believing in music every day.

How does having this huge fandom impact your approach to music and to what you sing about?

BTS fans — the “ARMY” — tell us about their feelings, failures, passions and struggles all the time. We are often inspired by [them], because we try to write about how real young people — like the seven of us — face real-life issues. Most of our music is about how we perceive the world and how we try to persist as normal, average human beings. So our fans inspire us and give us a direction to go as musicians. And of course, their love and support keeps us going.

How is BTS different from other big K-pop groups? Is it your music, your engagement with supporters, or something else?

I can’t speak for other artists; every group has a different approach. For us, it will always be important to keep working hard, dancing better, writing better songs, touring and setting an example. A lot of people say this, but it’s really true for us: we are living a dream, all seven of us, being able to pursue what we love. We strive to [put] everything into our music. Our lyrics deal with real issues that face all humans: choices in life, depression, self-esteem. And the fans know that we are there for them, and they are there for us.

What’s next? What are you most excited for?

Well, we definitely continue to have big dreams. We tour all over the world, but the shows in the U.S. really opened our eyes to so many new things in the States. And when we won the Billboard Music Award, we were so honored and got to meet so many artists that we love and admire that we can’t wait to return to the States.

cr: Time

shinee - ongoing schedule, full group

💎 thursday, may 25th: [korea] shinee’s ninth anniversary
💎 thursday, june 22nd: [japan] shinee’s sixth anniversary
🎂 tuesday, july 18th: taemin’s twenty-fourth birthday
🎂 saturday, september 23rd: key’s twenty-sixth birthday
🎂 saturday, december 9th: minho’s twenty-sixth birthday
🎂 thursday, december 14th: onew’s twenty-eighth birthday

📻 thursday, may 18th: (jonghyun) mbc fm4u- radio detox (2am)
📅 thursday, may 18th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter - ticketing (8pm)
📺 friday, may 20th: (key) lookout - media press conference (2pm)
🎤 saturday, may 20th: [hong kong] shinee world v (lantau island) (6pm
🎉 sunday, may 21st: shinee day - ninth anniversary party (6pm)
📺 monday, may 22nd: (key) mbc - lookout (episode one) (10pm)
📸 tuesday, may 23rd: (key) nylon korea - june ‘16 issue release 
📺 tuesday, may 23rd: (key) mbc - lookout (episode two) (10pm)
🎤 friday, may 26th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day i) (8pm)
🎤 saturday, may 27th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day ii) (4pm)
🎤 sunday, may 28th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iii, concert i) (3pm)
🎤 sunday, may 28th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iii, concert ii) (7pm)
📺 monday, may 29th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode three) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, may 30th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode four) (10pm)

💿 unconfirmed - june: [japan] (taemin) first full japanese album
🎤 thursday, june 1st: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iv) (8pm)
🎤 friday, june 2nd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day v) (8pm)
🎤 saturday, june 3rd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day vi) (4pm)
🎤 sunday, june 4th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day vii) (4pm)
🎤 monday, june 5th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode five) (10pm)
🎤 tuesday, june 6th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day viii) (4pm)
📺 tuesday, june 6th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode six) (10pm)
🎤 thursday, june 8th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day ix) (8pm)
🎤 friday, june 9th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day x) (8pm)
🎤 saturday, june 10th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xi) (4pm)
🎤 sunday, june 11th: [taiwan] shinee world v (new taipei city) (4pm)
📺 monday, june 12th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode seven) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, june 13th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode eight) (10pm)
🎤 wednesday, june 14th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xii) (8pm)
🎤 thursday, june 15th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xiii) (8pm)
🎤 friday, june 16th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xiv) (8pm)
🎤 saturday, june 17th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xv, concert i) (3pm)
🎤 saturday, june 17th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xv, concert ii) (7pm)
🎤 sunday, june 18th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xvi) (4pm)
📺 monday, june 19th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode nine) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, june 20th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode ten) (10pm)
🎤 saturday, june 24th: smtown live world tour v (bangkok) (tba)
📺 monday, june 26th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode eleven) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, june 27th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode twelve) (10pm)

🎤 saturday, july 1st: [japan] (taemin) taemin the 1st stage (5pm)
🎤 sunday, july 2nd: [japan] (taemin) taemin the 1st stage (2pm)
🎤 sunday, july 2nd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xvii, concert i) (3pm)
🎤 sunday, july 2nd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xvii, concert ii) (7pm)
📺 monday, july 3rd: (key) mbc - lookout (episode thirteen) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, july 4th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode fourteen) (10pm)
🎤 saturday, july 8th: smtown live world tour v (seoul, day i?) (tba)
📺 monday, july 10th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode fifteen) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, july 11th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode sixteen) (10pm)
🎤 saturday, july 15th: smtown live world tour vi (kyocera dome, day i) (tba)
🎤 sunday, july 16th: smtown live world tour vi (kyocera dome, day ii) (tba)
🎤 thursday, july 27th: smtown live world tour vi (tokyo dome, day i) (tba)
🎤 friday, july 28th: smtown live world tour vi (tokyo dome, day ii) (tba)

📺 unconfirmed - mid august: (onew) jtbc - age of youth 2 (tentative)
🎤 friday, august 4th: [singapore] music bank world tour (tba)

🎤 saturday, october 21st: 2017 gangjin k-pop festival (tba) (tentative)

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Namjoon watching BTS perform ‘쩔어’ (DOPE) @ Changwon K-Pop Festival
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(ongoing) schedule - full group

💎 thursday, may 25th: [korea] shinee’s ninth anniversary
💎 thursday, june 22nd: [japan] shinee’s sixth anniversary
🎂 tuesday, july 18th: taemin’s twenty-fourth birthday
🎂 saturday, september 23rd: key’s twenty-sixth birthday
🎂 saturday, december 9th: minho’s twenty-sixth birthday
🎂 thursday, december 14th: onew’s twenty-eighth birthday

📸 unconfirmed - mid-to-late june: (key) nylon korea - cover release|
📻 thursday, may 11th: (jonghyun) mbc fm4u - morning today radio (9am)
📻 thursday, may 11th: (jonghyun) mbc radio - starry night radio (10:05pm)
📻 friday, may 12th: (jonghyun) mbc fm4u - fm date (8 - 9pm)
📆 saturday, may 13th: 2017 shilla duty free fan festival in seoul (6pm)
📺 sunday, may 14th: (jonghyun) kbs2 - yoo hee yeol’s sketchbook (airing) (12am)
🎤 saturday, may 20th: [hong kong] shinee world v (lantau island) (6pm
🎉 sunday, may 21st: shinee day - ninth anniversary party (6pm)
📺 monday, may 22nd: (key) mbc - lookout (episode one) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, may 23rd: (key) mbc - lookout (episode two) (10pm)
🎤 friday, may 26th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day i) (8pm)
🎤 saturday, may 27th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day ii) (4pm)
🎤 sunday, may 28th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iii, concert i) (3pm)
🎤 sunday, may 28th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iii, concert ii) (7pm)
📺 monday, may 29th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode three) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, may 30th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode four) (10pm)

💿 unconfirmed - june: [japan] (taemin) first full japanese album
🎤 thursday, june 1st: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day iv) (8pm)
🎤 friday, june 2nd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day v) (8pm)
🎤 saturday, june 3rd: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day vi) (4pm)
🎤 sunday, june 4th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day vii) (4pm)
🎤 monday, june 5th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode five) (10pm)
🎤 tuesday, june 6th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day viii) (4pm)
📺 tuesday, june 6th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode six) (10pm)
🎤 thursday, june 8th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day ix) (8pm)
🎤 friday, june 9th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day x) (8pm)
🎤 saturday, june 10th: (jonghyun) the agit: the letter (day xi) (4pm)
🎤 sunday, june 11th: [taiwan] shinee world v (new taipei city) (4pm)
📺 monday, june 12th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode seven) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, june 13th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode eight) (10pm)
📺 monday, june 19th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode nine) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, june 20th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode ten) (10pm)
🎤 saturday, june 24th: smtown live world tour v (bangkok) (tba)
📺 monday, june 26th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode eleven) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, june 27th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode twelve) (10pm)

🎤 saturday, july 1st: [japan] (taemin) taemin the 1st stage (5pm)
🎤 sunday, july 2nd: [japan] (taemin) taemin the 1st stage (2pm)
📺 monday, july 3rd: (key) mbc - lookout (episode thirteen) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, july 4th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode fourteen) (10pm)
🎤 saturday, july 8th: smtown live world tour v (seoul, day i?) (tba)
📺 monday, july 10th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode fifteen) (10pm)
📺 tuesday, july 11th: (key) mbc - lookout (episode sixteen) (10pm)
🎤 saturday, july 15th: smtown live world tour vi (kyocera dome, day i) (tba)
🎤 sunday, july 16th: smtown live world tour vi (kyocera dome, day ii) (tba)
🎤 thursday, july 27th: smtown live world tour vi (tokyo dome, day i) (tba)
🎤 friday, july 28th: smtown live world tour vi (tokyo dome, day ii) (tba)

🎤 friday, august 4th: [singapore] music bank world tour (tba)

🎤 saturday, october 21st: 2017 gangjin k-pop festival (tba) (tentative)