BTS member V's birthday is just around the corner, and ARMYs are celebrating it in the biggest way possible! Keep on reading to learn more here.
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V was born on Dec. 30, 1995, meaning he will be turning 25 years old (26 years old in South Korea) this year! To celebrate the idol's birthday, V's Chinese fan base, "CHINA Baidu Vbar", has announced that they have successfully scored a birthday advertisement for the idol in TIME Magazine.
According to "CHINA Baidy Vbar", they spared no effort and put in all their hard work and money to secure a spot for the South Korean idol.
The issue with his birthday advertisement will be released on Dec. 21. This is the first and only time a K-pop idol's birthday was celebrated in the magazine. This advertisement is huge. The spread for V's birthday will be in the same issue that features TIME Magazine's highly acclaimed "100 Most Influential People of the Year", a list that BTS is also expected to be included in. This is the most significant and meaningful list of the year, and V happens to be in the same issue with it!
The "!00 Most Influential People of the Year" list features the world's most notable figures, ranging from politicians to activists, singers, and actors. It is an unmissable publication that everyone looks forward to.
TIME Magazine is praised as the most authoritative and representative magazine in the United States. It is one of the three biggest weekly new magazines and websites, which was started and is currently based in New York City. It first started on March 3, 1924. The magazine received attention on a global scale.
In 2018, BTS featured on TIME Magazine's cover as "Next Generation Leaders" and has appeared as one of the "25 Most Influential People on the Internet" from 2017 to 2019. They were also named one of the "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2019, where they were praised as the "Princes of Pop."
Back on Dec. 10, BTS was named as TIME Magazine's "Entertainer of the Year". The publication acknowledged the number of contributions made to the music industry and how they used their platform and influence to spread joy and hope amidst the coronavirus pandemic with "Dynamite", the first-ever all-English single and their first number one hit single in the United States.
2020 has been a difficult year for everyone, even BTS, member RM tells TIME Magazine. The boys took the cancellation of their world tour hard, but they accepted it due to the ongoing global health crisis that is happening around the world. Despite that, the boys persevered - and boy, did it pay off.
This year, BTS's released three number-one hit singles: "Dynamite", "Savage Love - Laxed Beat Remix," and "Life Goes On", the latter being their first predominantly Korean song to hit number one in the United States. The boys also dropped two South Korean albums this year, "Map of the Soul: 7" and "Be". Additionally, BTS dropped the Japanese version of the former titled "Map of the Soul: 7 - The Journey".
BTS Becomes “2020 Entertainer Of The Year” Chosen by TIME
It’s official; BTS is TIME magazine’s “2020 Entertainment of the Year”!
On December 10, TIME announced the news in a feature article about BTS’s incredible musical achievements in 2020. This year the group released two chart-topping albums, MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 and BE, and brought comfort to millions in the midst of global uncertainty.
BTS isn’t just the biggest K-pop act on the charts. They’ve become the biggest band in the world—full stop. Between releasing multiple albums, breaking every type of record and appearing in these extemporaneous live streams in 2020, BTS ascended to the zenith of pop stardom. And they did it in a year defined by setbacks, one in which the world hit pause and everyone struggled to maintain their connections. Other celebrities tried to leverage this year’s challenges; most failed. (Remember that star-studded “Imagine” video?) But BTS’s bonds to their international fan base, called ARMY, deepened amid the pandemic, a global racial reckoning, and worldwide shutdowns.
2020 has brought setbacks, worldwide shutdowns, and a challenging “new normal”. In a time where COVID-19 forces us to stay together from afar, it’s easy to feel disconnected and alone, but the pandemic has made BTS’s bond with ARMY even stronger.
"There are times when I’m still taken aback by all the unimaginable things that are happening, but I ask myself, Who’s going to do this, if not us?"
TIME touched on this special connection, as well as BTS’s humble beginnings as mold-breaking rookies, their activism and philanthropy, their dedication to being good role models, and their GRAMMY nomination.
Today, K-pop is a multibillion-dollar business, but for decades the gatekeepers of the music world—the Western radio moguls, media outlets, and number-crunchers—treated it as a novelty. BTS hits the expected high notes of traditional K-pop: sharp outfits, crisp choreography, and dazzling videos. But they’ve matched that superstar shine with a surprising level of honesty about the hard work that goes into it. BTS meets the demands of Top 40’s authenticity era without sacrificing any of the gloss that’s made K-pop a cultural force. It doesn’t hurt that their songs are irresistible: polished confections that are dense with hooks and sit comfortably on any mainstream playlist.
BTS is not the first Korean act to establish a secure foothold in the West, yet their outsize success today is indicative of a sea change in the inner workings of fandom and how music is consumed. From propelling their label to a $7.5 billion IPO valuation to inspiring fans to match their $1 million donations to Black Lives Matter, BTS is a case study in music-industry dominance through human connection.
All this and more has earned BTS the title of “2020 Entertainer Of The Year”. TIME‘s “Person of the Year” will be announced during the first TIME Person of the Year broadcast special on December 10 at 10 PM ET on NBC.