[ARTICLE] BTS, Twice Picked as Top K-Pop Singers This Year

The fans have spoken: Bangtan Boys and girl group Twice are the world’s most beloved K-pop groups this year.

That’s according to a KBS World Radio survey of about two-thousand listeners in 87 countries.

More than 35 percent of the respondents voted for Bangtan Boys, also known as BTS, as their favorite Korean boy band. Exo was next, with nearly 28 percent, and Got7 came in third with 12 percent of the vote.

BTS also took the year’s best song category with their single “Fire.”

Among Korean girl groups, Twice was chosen as the favorite by 30 percent of the respondents. Black Pink was next at 27 percent, followed by Sistar at 25 percent. 

© KBS World Radio

I was drawing blood from my patient the other day, and I was subconsciously humming to Lost by BTS.

Patient: What are you singing?
Me: Oh, it’s called Lost. It’s by a Korean band.
Patient: It has a nice tune and you sing well.
Me: (laughs) Thank you. (Pauses) So what kind of music do you like?
Patient: I listen to all kinds of music.
Me: R&B too?
Patient: R&B, jazz, pop, hip hop, rap (my ears perk up). I listen to some foreign songs, too. Latin, African, and such.
Me: (This is it. This patient is one of those open-minded people.) So, you like rap too?
Patient: I love rap.
Me: Oh. (Tries hard to contain excitement). Well, you should listen to this Korean hip hop band called BTS. They actually sing a variety of genres. They’re pretty good.
Patient: Huh. You said BTS, right? I’ll check them out in YouTube later on my phone.
Me: Oh, well I can grab your phone (on the chair) for you and I can look them up for you (because I need to know you will really listen to them).
Patient: Oh, sure yeah go ahead.
Me: (shows him Cypher pt 4)
Patient: Oh wow, they’re good.
Me: (Hell yeah) Aren’t they? Here, listen to Fire next. I’ll be back and ask you again, so listen to them well.

And I sure as hell came back to find him still listening to BTS. One of the best days of my nursing career. Ever.

BTS conversion begins now.

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Looking back, I can’t remember the truth. I blew everything out of proportion so I could feel the hurt and betrayal and write about it in vivid detail. It was my own method of torture. My own undoing; and I enjoyed every second of it.
—  c.j.n.