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part four // how would you feel (paean)

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-y/n’s pov-
5 months in

It had been a month since you realized you were in love with Shawn, and you were trying to act the same as you did before, but it was harder than you thought it would be.

You didn’t want to pressure him into reciprocating, because you knew this wasn’t easy for him either. But you so wanted him to. You wanted him to wrap his arms around your waist under the sheets and whisper little “I love you”s into your ear as he kissed your neck. You wanted him to pull you onto his lap and stroke your hair as he sings love songs to you. You wanted to look at him at the end of the aisle as you walk down in a white dress and-

No, too far.

You were standing on your tip-toes, trying to reach a mug on the top shelf in Shawn’s kitchen. You groan, and you’re about to climb onto the counter when Shawn comes up behind you and squeezes your sides. You jump back, partially scared and partially ticklish. You bend over and put your hands on your knees, dramatically trying to catch your breath. He laughs at you and easily grabs a mug and places it on the counter.

“I’m gonna get you back for that one of these days,” you say, grabbing the mug and starting to make yourself a cup of tea.

“Are you, now?” Shawn asks teasingly as he reaches into the fridge. He pulls out a water bottle and leans against the counter, watching you as he unscrews the cap takes a sip.

“Yep,” you say. “I know you’re stronger than me and what now but I know you’re ticklish,” you joke, pointing a finger at him, “your mom told me you were.”

He laughs. “You’ve met my mom, like, twice. She already told you I was ticklish?” he asks.

“Oh she told me a lot more than that,” you say, remembering the conversation you had with his mom a month or so back when she came to visit. He raises his eyebrows, and you grab your tea and sit at the kitchen table. “You,” you laugh, not even sure you’ll be able to get it out, “used to write Harry Potter fanfiction.”

His face goes bright read. You erupt in laughter, a hand covering your mouth. “Oh my god, I can’t believe she told you that,” he says, now laughing himself.

It was times like these that reminded you. Because how could you not be in love with him? How could you not love a someone that you can just genuinely laugh with?

He pushes himself off the counter and starts to walk from the kitchen, kissing your forehead as he walks by. He drops down on the couch and turns on the TV.

You just now realize how late it is when you look out the window and see that it’s totally dark outside. You check the clock. 9:45. You sigh and follow Shawn into the living room. He pulls you down next to him before you even get the chance to sit down. You rest your head on his shoulder and he squeezes your knee.

“Wanna watch a movie?” he asks.


You wake up a few hours later with your head in Shawn’s lap. You sit up and run your eyes a little.

“Did the show wake you?” Shawn says.

You shake your head. “Why didn’t you wake me up?” you ask. “I would have moved for you.”

“I knew you’d been swamped with school lately and I wanted to let you sleep,” he says as he turns off the TV and stands from the couch. He reaches out a hand for you and you smile as you take it and he pulls you up. He laces his fingers with yours and starts to pull you down the hall. He only kind of laughs when you almost walk into the wall since you’re nearly half asleep. Instead, he reaches down and wraps his arm around your knees and picks you up. You hum and place your head back on his shoulder.

“Do you want a t-shirt or a sweatshirt?” he asks after placing you on his bed and going to rummage through his drawers.

“A t-shirt is fine,” you say groggily.

He changes into sweats before walking back over to you. He gingerly pulls off your jeans and sweater off your nearly sleeping body, and then slides his t-shirt over your head.

“Thank you,” you sigh, curling back under the covers.

“Mhmm,” he hums, kissing your temple. You feel the bed dip beside you, and the orange glow from the light disappears from behind your closed eyes. “Goodnight, babe,” Shawn mumbles.

“Goodnight. I love you,” you say like it’s nothing.

It takes you a moment to realize what you had just said, and your eyes snap open. Shawn is looking at you with wide eyes and the beginnings of a smile.

“Oh my god,” you sit up. “I’m sorry, oh god.” You cover your now bright red face with your hands. “I’m sorry, Shawn I just-”

“Y/n!” he interrupts. “Why are you apologizing?”

“That is not how I wanted that to go,” you say, rubbing your temples. “Ugh, I feel like an idiot.”

“Darling, stop it,” he says.

You ignore him. You’re still mad at yourself. It wasn’t the fact that you said it, it’s how you said it. 1 o’clock in the morning when you’re half asleep doesn’t seem like the best time for the first “I love you”.

“Shawn, I’m really sorry. You don’t have to say it back if you don’t want to, really,” you say quickly.

He grabs your cheeks in his hands and brings your face closer to his. “Y/n, I love you,” he says.

You sigh, and you can’t help the smile that pulls on your lips. “Really?”

“Oh my god, yes,” he says, smiling himself.

“I love you,” you say.

“And I love you,” he says.

He pulls your face into his, finally closing the gap between the two of you. Everything about this kiss was different. You weren’t just a boy and a girl anymore, you weren’t just anyone. You were officially in love.

You smile against his lips and wrap your arms around his neck, pulling yourself onto his lap. His hands trace patterns under your, his, t-shirt.

“I love you,” you say again as you pull away.

“I love you more,” he teases.

“I could listen to that all day,” you say as you close your eyes, letting the words sink in.

“Then I’ll have to say it all day,” he says, leaning in to place another quick kiss on your lips.

You lay back down, though you’re not sure if you’ll be able to sleep now.

“I love you,” you say one last time before closing your eyes once more.

Dear Markiplier,

You have no idea how much you’ve impacted my life. All of the community’s individual lives, really. Like…you’re simply just an amazing man that I couldn’t help but idolize and try to be. 

You’re a good role model. You might think you aren’t, but you are. It’s one of the reasons why I subscribed to you. 

My starting story isn’t impressive. I just wanted to watch something in Youtube. I didn’t think gaming channels would even click with me- but when I was searching about gamers, something just drew me to you. I swear, there was no reason- just because I felt like there was something nagging me that I have to watch you. And I did. And that has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever done in my life.

I started watching you August 2015. We all know what transpired afterwards and that’s when I got to see who you really are, and by God I could not help but admire the strength you exuded. You could laugh and enjoy things so freely; you appreciated things and for me, I aimed to be like you. There’s seldom people who does dorky-smart-goofy-level headed good, and you are. Subscribed to you December 25 2015, and I haven’t regretted it ever since.

I supported you all the way. I laughed with you in your videos, cried, was scared, everything. I value your vlogs the most because that is where I am reminded of the man that I look up to. 

I am a creative person, I will acknowledge that. I’m the average student who does better sometimes, and sometimes the pressure? Feeling burnt out, frustrated, disappointed, weak? It gets to me. Thoughts I wouldn’t want to invade my mind has gone to me sometimes and I’ve thought. But a funny thing is, a constant reminder of “How will you watch Mark’s next video? Come on, you can still meet him in the future! Don’t give up buddy!” to myself stopped me. “Try to do something else! You want to doodle? Write? Come on! Let’s keep you up and going!” And that ‘spark of creativity’ that you claim that we should always let flow? You inspire me to better myself in the goals that I want to do. I’ve developed my art/writing skills and started learning French. 

I’ve been on tumblr for a year- not this blog though, I deactivated my old one because all I felt was being afloat and just…there, but now that I’m courageous enough to share to others what I can do, I discovered how beautiful your community is. Now I’m artist-in-space. And I’m so glad to be part of it.

@dogiplier  Here you go! Sorry it’s long, but…well :D

Leo watching 13 reasons why
  • Leo watching the scene when Hannah kills herself: OMG I CAN'T I CAN'T LOOK IT'S TERRIBLE
  • *Nico is coming in the room*
  • Nico: for gods sake Leo even Hades heard you
  • Leo: speaking of Hades can you call him?
  • Nico: why?
  • Leo: because i have to know where Hannah Baker is
  • Nico: IT'S JUST A SHOW U LITTLE MORON
  • Leo: oooops
  • Nico: what did you do?
  • Leo: i called the police and told them about the tapes
  • Nico: oh gods

kaijutegu replied to your post: wretched-monster-man replied to your post “I’m so…

Why did they drop Arrested Development? That makes no sense, they… kind of own that IP now, or at least license it or something. They’re the ones who finished it up, after all.

I have no idea why they decided to drop those shows instead of others, I was planning on watching that some day, too. Y’know, after I rewatched X Files a few dozen more times.

Ninjago Episode 54 Alternate Ending

Lloyd: (watches Preeminent drowning) Father… Kai, I need the aeroblade.

*Kai gives Lloyd the aeroblade and Lloyd activates the Realm Crystal again, heading through the portal back into the Cursed Realm, which was slowly trickling water. He runs to where his father was being chained.*

Lloyd: Dad! (Throws aeroblades at the posts, causing them to dissolve, his father collapsing to the ground)

Garmadon: Why did you-

*Morro enters*

Morro: I’ll never forgive myself for what happened but-

Lloyd: I forgive you. But we have to get out! (activates crystal, the three of them going through the portal, he collapses on the deck of the ferry boat)

Garmadon: (kneels next to Lloyd) Son! Are you alright?!

Lloyd: Yeah… (starts to tear up) Father, you’re here…

Garmadon: (pulls Lloyd close, nodding) It’s alright…We’re finally together…I’ve missed you…

Jay: (smiles) The future really does look bright. We did it!

anonymous asked:

Can you do a fem!reader of number 13 (hehe) and 28 on your list for my smol bean Justin plss

enjoy! thank you for requesting x

#13: “Get. It. Off. Me. Now!”
#28: They buy you an animal.


Justin arrived unexpectedly, a ferret in his arms, and a wide grin on his face. You answered the door and let him in, a confused look on your face. “Justin, why do you have a ferret?” You asked, watching the animal wearily. “Where did you get it from?”

He walked into the living room, you following behind him. “”It’s a pet, and it’s yours,” He smiled, petting the animal. “I just bought it for you, off a breeder.”

“Why?” You asked, stepping forward and petting it’s head.

Justin shrugged. “Why not?” He watched you pet the dozing baby. “It’s cool as heck.”

You snorted a laugh. Of course he got it because it was cool. And of course he dropped it off at your house. You shook your head in amusement, sitting on the ground with Justin in order for him to place it down. You both watched it walk in between you both, sniffing at the carpeted flooring.

“Lay down.” Justin instructed.

You gave him an odd look. “No!” You exclaimed, fearing that the little ferret will run onto your face and scratch your eyeballs out.

“Please?” Justin whined. “For me?”

You let out a long sigh, knowing that Justin won’t back down, before laying onto your back. Justin grinned happily, picking the ferret up and placing it on your stomach. You held back a shriek as it ran up to your chest, sitting there.

“Jus,” You mumbled, fearing to move in case it triggered the animal into running. You didn’t need to worry though, because it ran anyway. It crawled up to your shoulder, falling off and running into your hair that was being messed up from the carpet. “Get. It. Off. Me. Now!”

Justin simply laughed and picked the animal up again. “It wasn’t even on you!” He exclaimed, highly amused. “You’re such a baby.”

“You can take it back then.”

“What? No!”


Tagged by @pretty-irish; yaaayyy! :D

Rules: tag 20 blogs you’d like to get to know better

Nicknames: I’ve been called Mango and Danger based on usernames, which is pretty cool, I guess. I don’t have any IRL, though my sister calls me “ho” on a pretty regular basis (as she does every person in her life), and my college friends and I have some affectionate terms for each other like ho*bagel™ and slutmuffin and such

Zodiac Sign: Either Leo or Virgo, idk

Height: 5′7″ and forever salty about that last inch I never got

Last thing you googled: “how to type tm”

Favorite music artist: Twenty One Pilots

Song Stuck in your head: “Photograph” by Ed Sheeran

Last movie you watched: Probably Megamind?

What are you wearing right now: A nightshirt that says “Don’t bug me, I’m reading” with black pajama capris

Why did you choose your url: It comes from the play The Elephant Man, by Bernard Pomerance. I read it my freshman year of college and was fascinated by the idea that trying to “be more human” was what killed Merrick in the end. I like that it can be taken to imply softness/weakness - I am dangerously human, and in danger - or power - I am dangerously human, and I am a danger.

(Interestingly, no one has ever asked, in these things or otherwise, about my blog title. It’s been the same for years, probably since around the same time as I changed my url. It’s from a Sylvia Plath poem. I like the idea that I am living on the fringes, different but still powerful, that I am fighting on behalf of others who aren’t quite included. It’s a heady feeling.)

Do you have any other blogs: I’ve had a blog on the Blogger platform since 2008 that I still use for longer musings and posting writing things occasionally, and I have a quotes sideblog on here.

What did your last relationship teach you: I’ve never been in a romantic relationship.

Religious or spiritual: I don’t see anything inherently wrong with either, but I must say that I tend toward the spiritual (emotional/relational/seeking to understand God as a Person) understanding of Christianity over the religious (traditional/liturgical) aspects.

Favorite color: Blue!

Average hours of sleep: Weekdays are 8ish, weekends swing wildly from 6-10

Favorite Characters: This is one of the hardest questions, because I love a lot of characters in a lot of things! Some of the top of my head: Demyx (Kingdom Hearts), Kaoru (Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy), Rory (Doctor Who), Noah (Mara Dyer series)

How many blankets do you sleep with: 1-2 for warmth (sometimes 0 in summer, but I don’t like the lack of pressure), 2 comfort object blankets

Dream job: Ahahahahaha you tell me! I’d love to be an autism consultant type of person, helping parents and teachers figure out how to best meet the needs of the autistic people in their care, but the very things that would make me good at that would also make it a very hard job. If I could actually make a living being my sunshine child’s everyday helper, in school, home, and community, and NOT as a TSS - no agency would reasonably let me do that, and besides, I tried it before and it wasn’t for me - that would be awesome. I’ve also thought a lot about being a children’s ministry director. For now, I like the job I have, at least for the short term, and I’d like to eventually maybe move into the translations/scale management team there. And my ultimate goal is to be a wife and mommy. :)

I tag (probably not 20, but we shall see; there are a lot of you I don’t know nearly as well as I’d like!): @underlingsundertaking, @mother-child-life, @serendipitousramblings, @neminine, @constellation-savvy, @song-of-the-moon-1025, @gluc0se, @anneofbluetardis, @withlovekatty, @gods-little-punk, @lizziedarcy5ever, @lifecanbeineffable, @sweetpeachikadee, @forever-painting-roses, @wandering-heartbeat

Get to know me tag

Rules: Tag 20 people you would like to know better!

Tagged by @helga-dancing, thank ya ^^

Nickname: Mat, Mathy, Mathildou, Fetus lmao

Zodiac sign : Sagittarius

Height : 163 cm

Last thing you googled : Fire emblem leo sprites

Favorite Music Artist : I actually don’t have one 🤔

Song stuck in my head : France’s National Anthem ( because my director looks like François hollande so me and my friend were singing it everytime he walked in lmaoo )

Last movie you watched : Ffxv : kingsglaive

What are you wearing right now : a t-shirt and black jeans and,,, socks

Why did you choose your url : y'all fucking know i’m starving for Satou lmfao

Do you have any other blogs :
*sweats nervously* oh god…..

@neutralbaguette (main)
@allen-yes
@nohrian-trashland
@ardyn-trashlord
@hell-creed
And omg-satou

What did your last relationship teach you: to not forget your friends when you’re blinded by love

Religious or spiritual : spiritual lol

Favorite color: purple,, orange,,

Average hours of sleep : it goes from 6 to 8 during school days

Lucky number : 9 and 6

Fav characters : uuh, i would say Xander Leo and Takumi from fire emblem fates, Ardyn from ffxv, Nicolas Brown from Gangsta and the boi Satou

How many blankets do you sleep with: 1

Dream Job : Translator 🔥💯👌😩

Who i’m tagging : @ukumi-chan and @kaitos-surname ? 👀and whoever wants to do it 👏

anonymous asked:

what got you into naruto? why have you stuck around?

My two best friends forced me to watch it in sixth grade, so I did, and I found it interesting enough to continue following the series. I’ve stuck around because of nostalgia, the friends I made in the fandom, and my love for Sasuke. 

Tagged by: @dangerously-human thanks a bunch!

Rules: tag 20 blogs you’d like to get to know better (20!?!?!?)

Nicknames: Mel, Melly, Small child 

Zodiac Sign: The one with the stars in it

Height: 5′3″ (help me I can’t reach anything)

Last thing you googled: “pick up lines”

Favorite music artist: Crywolf

Song Stuck in your head: Whatever the hell that meme song @thoughts-from-an-uncommon-mind kept singing at me in out skype call was 

Last movie you watched: Beauty and the Beast 

What are you wearing right now: A black t-shirt and jeans 

Why did you choose your url: For the memories my dude 

Do you have any other blogs: Can we not talk about this pls

What did your last relationship teach you: That I am very mentally unstable 

Religious or spiritual: Um neither I guess

Favorite color: Green

Average hours of sleep: There is no consistency 

Favorite Characters: Near (dn), Todoroki (bnha), Hide (tg)

How many blankets do you sleep with: 2 in the winter 1 or none in the summer

Dream job: Research in genetics or something like that 

Tagging: @equestrianrepublican @thoughts-from-an-uncommon-mind @discourse-senpai @jackisbored999 @super-mega-matt @21hugs @pugmuffin73 @demitri-the-monkey @smol-snek-is-best-snek @kittylink @fusionoflove @uhhuuuuhthatsmyshit @littlewolfy999 @lona-moon @lonesoldier09 @inyurhead @umderagetigerdrinker @h200 @suavepenguin @c-jay321

there seems such a cruel irony in how 13 reasons why is a netflix series - 13 episodes, released all at once, for us to work our way through in the same way as the 13 could. did you binge watch all in one night, like alex? or did you have to watch it in bits and pieces because it was all too horrific, like clay? is it doing things to your head too? is everyone talking about it at school? is everyone talking about hannah baker again? 

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Welcome back. So glad you’re still listening. Are you having fun? You must be wondering who’s next, and why. Is it you? What did you do? How did you end up on these tapes? Maybe you did something cruel. Or maybe you just watched it happen. Maybe you didn’t even realize you were being cruel. Maybe you didn’t do anything at all. And maybe you should have. Too late. I think you know exactly what you did. And after these tapes, you’ll never forget it. I know I won’t.
13 Reasons Why: Tape 1, Side B

I wanna talk about this interview...

A lot of people have been passing this image around the internet and laughing about how its yet another example about how much Harrison gives no fucks about Star Wars, and isn’t his honesty hilarious, and blah blah…

But did anyone actually watch this interview?

Because…I honestly loved this moment so much for the exact opposite reason. 

Yes, Harrison gives this joke and everyone laughs at his bluntness. But then IMMEDIATELY afterward he clarifies that he isn’t really looking forward to watching the Han Solo movie because he thinks it will be strange to watch someone else be Han. 

Everything about the rest of that interview - his statements, his tone - make it clear that the reason why he isn’t looking forward to the Han Solo movie is because HE is Han Solo and he is going to have a hard time passing along that mantle to someone else. 

It’s not that he doesn’t care. 

It’s the opposite. 

Harrison Ford has made a real effort in these past couple of years to reverse the idea that he hates Star Wars. He was so unbelievably happy and gracious at the Celebration panel this year. He’s been outspoken about how he is happy to be a part of it and how grateful he is to George Lucas and the fans. He has acknowledged that Star Wars was the catalyst for his entire movie career and credited the fact that he is still working today to the fans.

And he seems sincere. 

I don’t know why people want to hold on so desperately to the image of resentful Harrison Ford. 

Because he hasn’t existed for a long time. 

Can Conscious K-Pop Cross Over? BTS & BigHit Entertainment CEO ‘Hitman’ Bang on Taking America

On April 2, BTS played the fifth and final date of a sold-out U.S. arena run, performing to the shrieking fans who helped the group’s second full-length album, Wings, become the first K-pop project to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200 in 2016. Since debuting in 2013, the seven-piece boy band has become a commercial behemoth in its native South Korea while continuing to make inroads within American pop culture. “Change,” an English-language hip-hop collaboration between BTS member Rap Monster and U.S. star Wale, was released three days before the kickoff of the stateside run.

“Change” touches on topics like voting rights and online harassment, while some of BTS’ biggest hits have addressed mental health. “Worldwide, our young generation shares the same issues socially and politically,” says BTS member Suga. Although K-pop music generally steers away from controversy, Rap Monster says that remaining outspoken “is important to us. And the bigger the voice we get, the more powerful our words become.”

A new BTS album is already underway and more U.S. dates might be on the way later this year. Bang Si Hyuk, the CEO and Executive Producer of label/management agency BigHit Entertainment who is better known as “Hitman” Bang, hints at “special features” designed for international listeners but thinks BTS will continue playing to its base.

“I’m not a believer in releasing full English songs to the U.S. market, like many K-pop artists have,” Bang tells Billboard in his first-ever interview with American press. “We must focus on what we do best as K-pop artists and producers and maybe add some special features to which international or U.S. music fans can feel attached. That is the best way for me to put K-pop into the mainstream U.S. music market and, in that regard, BTS will participate and perform in a way that is not much different from what they have been doing in the last three years. We’re adjusting and improving the way we do shows on the tour to meet the international or global level and expectations so that anyone, regardless of their culture and background, can enjoy BTS music and performances.”

Bang is sure to add that the group will be “very active and responsive in releasing new songs that would come out of collaborations with international artists, like 'Change.’” And, looking ahead, both the CEO and band see their most recent accomplishments as inspiration to achieve even more in the future.

“I’m so excited and thrilled at the response to the U.S. tour,” Bang says. “It’s still overwhelming and unbelievable at some point. I even further feel responsible for producing better music and production for fans around the world and I’d definitely think harder on what makes fans enthusiastic and passionate about BTS music and the band.” Meanwhile, the ambition within the group is perhaps best felt when member V winks that the group has “grander goals”; as if arena shows are just the beginning of what he and his band mates plan to accomplish around the world.

Below read on for an extended interview with BTS held before the tour kicked off. All member answers are taken via a translator except for Rap Monster.

With five arena shows, this tour is so huge and I think the main reason for that and why you guys are doing so well in America is because you sing about personal topics. Why is that so important to talk about in your music?

​Suga: Worldwide, our young generation shares the same issues socially and politically. I think that young people feel the same way about similar issues and BTS wants to cheer them up with our songs and talk about our feelings and social issues.

Rap Monster: These topics, like you said, they’re important, right? They should be told by someone. Someone should talk about it. And if someone should talk about it, then it feels like we have to talk about it. It’s very much an honor that we get power and attention from our fans them when we use our voices more. It’s important to us and the bigger the voice that we get, the more powerful that our words become.

These topics – loneliness, mental health, bullying – you don’t hear about in K-pop or even Korean culture much. Or, really, in American pop music either. Have you ever worried it might get a negative or opposite response?

​Suga: There are people who think negatively and there have been people who react negatively towards BTS’ music. But I think it’s way more important to make music with those issues because I think it’s important to encourage people to fight for those issues and, through the music, have a resolution for those issues. But I’m going to continue to talk about those issues through the music anyway. [Laughs]

Do you think K-pop needs to get more personal to gain a wider audience? Would you like to see that more in future?

Rap Monster: We still need some party songs, we still need some light love songs. I love to listen to them and feel the vibe from that. Everyone has their luggage and their shadows, but it’s up to everyone’s own [devices]. But we’re us. I think if we talk about it and if it gets more voice and attention, then maybe there are a lot of people in the world that accept us start to talk about those issues. I think that’s the change.

I thought “Spring Day” was a really big musical moment for you guys. Not only did it do really well on the charts, but this time you were showing a progression in thinking and a message of hope. The idea of recovering and winter moving to spring. Was that a conscious decision?

Rap Monster: It’s just like what you said, that was one step further. We’re always talking about the crises, the sorrows and youth’s feelings of getting lost. In many [television] programs, when we’d introduce our new album, I’d always talk about the word “recovery.” Like you said, it’s all about the recovery. Winter going to spring. The middle of the winter going to the spring. You got that.

​Suga: In addition to being what we are as BTS, we wanted to bring some changes and we actually wanted to evolve as a group. We wanted to show our many colors, but we still want to console others and give hope to others.

Something that was unique was all the solo songs on the Wings album. You’ve done mixtapes, but instead of full-fledged solo or unit releases, you got to show your different sides of yourselves. Why was that necessary?

Jin: The solo tracks were important because it was personal, an individual story and it was represented in the way that we are good at it. We worked a lot on each track and that’s why it was important to each of us.

Rap Monster: When I get questions about why is K-pop is so popular; I always tell them K-pop is like a great mix of music, videos, visuals, choreography, social media and real-life contents. Making the solo tracks on the album was quite a venture, but it’s connected to the concept. Like, when you watch the “I Need U” video, everyone has their own crises and characters. It’s kind of connected to our real personalities and characters, but the solo songs have their own characters and personalities. It’s all connected. It’s a mixture and that’s why people get interested in the concepts.

Speaking of solo songs, “Change” recently came out. Rap Monster, you and Wale are talking about different-but-similar issues when South Korea and America are both having interesting political times. Did you guys have a chance to discuss your different viewpoints?

Rap Monster: We didn’t have the time to get into it deeply, but I’m always watching the news about Trump and America; I always watch. When he first suggested a collaboration, I was like, “What should we do?” We could just do you know, a common hip-hop song, but I wanted to do a little more special. We have our political situation in Korea and the students are very angry. So, I think, if we talked about what’s going on, then we’ll have a real special collaboration. I think my guess was right and it became special.

Do you see or feel your influence among other groups in the industry?

​Jungkook: When we debuted back in 2013, we were influenced by our sunbaenim [Korean word for “senior”]. Over the years, as we watched other younger groups, we know they talk about us, they cover us and they follow us. I think they’re saying in interviews that they learned a lot from us and that makes us feel great. Being a sunbaenim, we want to be a good influence and be a better role model to other groups.

Last question, are you happy?

V: For now, we are very happy as we are, as a group, together. And I think we are happy because we are walking on the same path, walking the same direction. We wanted to get Daesang [Best of the Year award], but we have it already so our goal is to make great music, to share it with our fans.

Rap Monster: And a worldwide, stadium tour. That’s the goal.

V: We have grander goals.

© Jeff Benjamin @ Billboard

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[170406] Can Conscious K-Pop Cross Over? BTS & BigHit Entertainment CEO 'Hitman' Bang on Taking America

On April 2, BTS played the fifth and final date of a sold-out U.S. arena run, performing to the shrieking fans who helped the group’s second full-length album, Wings, become the first K-pop project to crack the top 40 of the Billboard 200 in 2016. Since debuting in 2013, the seven-piece boy band has become a commercial behemoth in its native South Korea while continuing to make inroads within American pop culture. “Change,” an English-language hip-hop collaboration between BTS member Rap Monster and U.S. star Wale, was released three days before the kickoff of the stateside run.

“Change” touches on topics like voting rights and online harassment, while some of BTS’ biggest hits have addressed mental health. “Worldwide, our young generation shares the same issues socially and politically,” says BTS member Suga. Although K-pop music generally steers away from controversy, Rap Monster says that remaining outspoken “is important to us. And the bigger the voice we get, the more powerful our words become.”

A new BTS album is already underway and more U.S. dates might be on the way later this year. Bang Si Hyuk, the CEO and Executive Producer of label/management agency BigHit Entertainment who is better known as “Hitman” Bang, hints at “special features” designed for international listeners but thinks BTS will continue playing to its base.

“I’m not a believer in releasing full English songs to the U.S. market, like many K-pop artists have,” Bang tells Billboard in his first-ever interview with American press. “We must focus on what we do best as K-pop artists and producers and maybe add some special features to which international or U.S. music fans can feel attached. That is the best way for me to put K-pop into the mainstream U.S. music market and, in that regard, BTS will participate and perform in a way that is not much different from what they have been doing in the last three years. We’re adjusting and improving the way we do shows on the tour to meet the international or global level and expectations so that anyone, regardless of their culture and background, can enjoy BTS music and performances.”

Bang is sure to add that the group will be “very active and responsive in releasing new songs that would come out of collaborations with international artists, like ‘Change.’” And, looking ahead, both the CEO and band see their most recent accomplishments as inspiration to achieve even more in the future.

“I’m so excited and thrilled at the response to the U.S. tour,” Bang says. “It’s still overwhelming and unbelievable at some point. I even further feel responsible for producing better music and production for fans around the world and I’d definitely think harder on what makes fans enthusiastic and passionate about BTS music and the band.” Meanwhile, the ambition within the group is perhaps best felt when member V winks that the group has “grander goals”; as if arena shows are just the beginning of what he and his band mates plan to accomplish around the world.

Below read on for an extended interview with BTS held before the tour kicked off. All member answers are taken via a translator except for Rap Monster.

With five arena shows, this tour is so huge and I think the main reason for that and why you guys are doing so well in America is because you sing about personal topics. Why is that so important to talk about in your music?

​Suga: Worldwide, our young generation shares the same issues socially and politically. I think that young people feel the same way about similar issues and BTS wants to cheer them up with our songs and talk about our feelings and social issues.

Rap Monster: These topics, like you said, they’re important, right? They should be told by someone. Someone should talk about it. And if someone should talk about it, then it feels like we have to talk about it. It’s very much an honor that we get power and attention from our fans them when we use our voices more. It’s important to us and the bigger the voice that we get, the more powerful that our words become.

These topics – loneliness, mental health, bullying – you don’t hear about in K-pop or even Korean culture much. Or, really, in American pop music either. Have you ever worried it might get a negative or opposite response?

​Suga: There are people who think negatively and there have been people who react negatively towards BTS’ music. But I think it’s way more important to make music with those issues because I think it’s important to encourage people to fight for those issues and, through the music, have a resolution for those issues. But I’m going to continue to talk about those issues through the music anyway. [Laughs]

Do you think K-pop needs to get more personal to gain a wider audience? Would you like to see that more in future?

Rap Monster: We still need some party songs, we still need some light love songs. I love to listen to them and feel the vibe from that. Everyone has their luggage and their shadows, but it’s up to everyone’s own [devices]. But we’re us. I think if we talk about it and if it gets more voice and attention, then maybe there are a lot of people in the world that accept us start to talk about those issues. I think that’s the change.

I thought “Spring Day” was a really big musical moment for you guys. Not only did it do really well on the charts, but this time you were showing a progression in thinking and a message of hope. The idea of recovering and winter moving to spring. Was that a conscious decision?

Rap Monster: It’s just like what you said, that was one step further. We’re always talking about the crises, the sorrows and youth’s feelings of getting lost. In many [television] programs, when we’d introduce our new album, I’d always talk about the word “recovery.” Like you said, it’s all about the recovery. Winter going to spring. The middle of the winter going to the spring. You got that.

​Suga: In addition to being what we are as BTS, we wanted to bring some changes and we actually wanted to evolve as a group. We wanted to show our many colors, but we still want to console others and give hope to others.

Something that was unique was all the solo songs on the Wings album. You’ve done mixtapes, but instead of full-fledged solo or unit releases, you got to show your different sides of yourselves. Why was that necessary?

Jin: The solo tracks were important because it was personal, an individual story and it was represented in the way that we are good at it. We worked a lot on each track and that’s why it was important to each of us.

Rap Monster: When I get questions about why is K-pop is so popular; I always tell them K-pop is like a great mix of music, videos, visuals, choreography, social media and real-life contents. Making the solo tracks on the album was quite a venture, but it’s connected to the concept. Like, when you watch the “I Need U” video, everyone has their own crises and characters. It’s kind of connected to our real personalities and characters, but the solo songs have their own characters and personalities. It’s all connected. It’s a mixture and that’s why people get interested in the concepts.

Speaking of solo songs, “Change” recently came out. Rap Monster, you and Wale are talking about different-but-similar issues when South Korea and America are both having interesting political times. Did you guys have a chance to discuss your different viewpoints?

Rap Monster: We didn’t have the time to get into it deeply, but I’m always watching the news about Trump and America; I always watch. When he first suggested a collaboration, I was like, “What should we do?” We could just do you know, a common hip-hop song, but I wanted to do a little more special. We have our political situation in Korea and the students are very angry. So, I think, if we talked about what’s going on, then we’ll have a real special collaboration. I think my guess was right and it became special.

Do you see or feel your influence among other groups in the industry?

​Jungkook: When we debuted back in 2013, we were influenced by our sunbaenim [Korean word for “senior”]. Over the years, as we watched other younger groups, we know they talk about us, they cover us and they follow us. I think they’re saying in interviews that they learned a lot from us and that makes us feel great. Being a sunbaenim, we want to be a good influence and be a better role model to other groups.

Last question, are you happy?

V: For now, we are very happy as we are, as a group, together. And I think we are happy because we are walking on the same path, walking the same direction. We wanted to get Daesang [Best of the Year award], but we have it already so our goal is to make great music, to share it with our fans.

Rap Monster: And a worldwide, stadium tour. That’s the goal.

V: We have grander goals.

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vampire stuff
  • vampires getting super invested in nutrition so they know how to take care of their humans, and then being horrified at what humans will actually consume:
    • three-day-old coffee
    • twenty piece chicken nuggets
    • one (1) granola bar as a meal
    • their own fingernails
  • humans lying about what they eat:
    • “How do pop rocks even work?”
      “They’re made of tiny larvae that explode when they come into contact with human saliva.”
      “… That can’t be real.”
  • the constant exasperated repitions of “human stuff” or “vampire stuff” whenever they don’t understand each other
  • humans dabbing garlic on their pulse points when they’re pissed
    • “C’mon, I’m starving, why are you like this?”
      “Are you sorry?”
      “Yes”
      “What’s the magic word, Clarence?”
      “Please?”
  • vampires that forget humans are delicate and accidentally hurt them
  • humans that act like wounded dogs over minor injuries just to watch vampires fall over themselves apologizing
  • vampires exaggerating time for comedic effect:
    • “I haven’t heard this song in forty years”
      “This came out in 2004″
      “It’s been forty years. I have aged.”
      “You literally have not.”
    • “When was the last time you did any laundry?”
      “1965″
      “Fuck you.”
  • telling vampires to “go back to your coffin” when they’re grumpy
  • humans constantly asking “how did they do this in your day?” about every single daily task
  • vampires who hoard tools and appliances from the time period they most enjoyed
  • young vampires flipping off the sun and screaming at it about evolution
    • old vampires who pull their collars up and frown behind their sunglasses
  • erroneous threats based on abilities no vampire actually has:
    • “I’m gonna show up to your wedding as a swarm of bats and shit on the cake”