K-Pop band BTS: A global phenomenon explained

South Korean boy group BTS may seem like most other K-pop groups with multi-coloured hair, flawless complexion, colour-coordinated fashion and charismatic visuals.

However, underneath the perfectly-packaged group of seven is a rising act breaking the mold in the highly manufactured K-pop industry, turning them into household names.

Much to the surprise of many, BTS, an acronym for Bangtan Sonyeondan, which loosely translates to Bulletproof Boy Scouts or their rebranded English name Beyond The Scene, made history by becoming the first K-pop boy group to perform at the 2017 American Music Awards, where they slayed with a mind-blowing performance of their popular Korean track DNA from their fifth record-breaking and award-winning EP, Love Yourself: Her

Their collaboration with rapper Desiigner and DJ and producer Steve Aoki for a remix version of BTS’s song Mic Drop jumped to No. 1 on the World Digital Song Sales chart and debuted at No. 28 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for nine weeks, making them the highest-charting K-pop group.

Last week, the group announced their Love Yourself world tour and shared dates for shows in 11 cities throughout Asia, North America, and Europe. More dates and cities are expected to be announced. The group will become the first-ever K-Pop group to perform at the Billboard Music Awards on May 20 in Las Vegas, where they are nominated again for the Top Social Artist award (they won last year).

BTS is not only making K-pop history by recently becoming the first K-pop group to have both tracks Mic Drop (remix) and DNA certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), but also their first-time appearances on popular American TV shows such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve 2018 with Ryan Seacrest and historic rankings on the Billboard charts may prove that they’re arguably the hottest K-pop act around the world.

Unlike Psy’s 2012 mega-hit song Gangnam Style, Admin Kim, head admin of UAE’s main BTS fandom account, BTS UAE, believes that the chart-topping K-pop group is “not a viral artist that had one catchy song that trended worldwide”.

“People might easily dub them as just a trending topic that’ll pass by or some hyped up boy band but I think that is not the case,” she adds.

BTS didn’t emerge under the three big agencies that dominate the industry — SM Entertainment, JYP Entertainment and YG Entertainment — from which the most successful, perfectly-groomed idols have emerged. They debuted under a relatively small record label and management agency, Big Hit Entertainment.

Before being recruited by the agency, rappers Suga and RM and dancer J-Hope were all part of the underground scene, while Jimin was a top student in modern dance. V wasn’t thinking of auditioning until he was encouraged by one of Big Hit’s rookie groups.

Jin, who is the oldest member of BTS, was talent-spotted while attending university. The last of the seven band members, Jungkook, had failed to advance in a popular singing competition, Superstar K3.He subsequently rejected offers from seven major music labels to become BTS’s youngest member, because he thought RM was “so cool”.

When they officially debuted in 2013, they were called “dirt-poor idols”, reflecting their non-traditional pathway, but quickly proved their worth through their music by tackling head-on controversial and personal topics, which makes the group a standout among the genre.

“They’ve surpassed the language barrier and the usual love concept in the music industry and went for topics we all relate to,” says Fadhela Manar Mezmaz, a dentistry college student and admin of Algeria’s main BTS Twitter fan base, BTS Algeria.

Twenty-year-old university student, Erij Raach, who is the creator of Tunisian-based BTS fan account, BTS Tunisia, says that their socially conscious lyrics is “the most important factor” that made her a huge fan.

“They are that band that makes you find the real ‘you’ through their music”, Raach adds.

For some fans, BTS’s music changed their lives and healed them on a deeper level.

“I went through a hard time a year ago,” says Belhadef Nora, Algerian-based primary school teacher and an admin of BTS Algeria. “I lost hope in life and almost fell in darkness but their music saved me and made me a strong person. Thanks to them I can now face the world without any fear. They just taught me how to be true to myself how to love myself.”

Twenty-two-year-old Maha Rkhissi, a college student and admin for Morocco-based fan Twitter account, BTS Morocco, said that BTS’ music has also helped her through depression, especially their Most Beautiful Moment in Life album, as it deals with “mental health and a lot of other youth issues”.

“I feel like their music has a purpose, it is not just bubbly pop to jam to,” says Ms Rkhissi.

Each of the seven members, in particular Suga, J-Hope and RM, are more creatively involved in composing lyrics and producing their perfectly distinct dance, hip-hop and EDM-infused sound that goes along with their synchronised, elaborate choreography on stage and in music videos.

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Part of the septet’s appeal is that they give fans an intimate access of them entertaining themselves backstage, reacting to their own music videos, opening up about their worries and thoughts and much more, through their V Live channel and their Bangtan Bomb web videos.

They are also known for their proactive presence on social media ever since their pre-debut days. Twitter unveiled its 2017 year-end roundup, revealing that BTS is the most tweeted-about music artist in the US and the most tweeted celebrity globally. They even earned a spot in the Guinness World Records 2018 edition for most Twitter engagements for a male music group.

Up against popular American artists at last year’s Billboard awards, where they were crowned Top Social Artist in the fan-voted category, dedicated fans, who go by Army — Adorable Representative MC for Youth — supported and proved their admiration for BTS by tweeting #BTSBBMAS more than 300 million times.

“We create accounts and do mass votes together with our fellow Army around the world with our blood sweat and tears because we consider them as friends more than artists we are fan of,” says Walaa Abd Elatti Mohammad Nour, twenty-eight-year-old Sudanese Army member from S. O. A, Sudan’s main BTS Twitter fan account.

It’s a devotion that the band is patently aware of, never forgetting to thank ARMY when collecting their awards.

“They know exactly how to interact with fans and make us feel like a close family,” says twenty-one-year-old Tunisian university student Amel Kadri from BTS Tunisia.

They might be conquering the US music charts but BTS has also reached fans’ hearts in the Middle East. UAE iTunes store and Anghami both released the rising superstars’ best-selling album Love Yourself: Her and MIC Drop remix online, which in return has made them the first and only K-pop group to surpass over 14 million plays on Mena’s largest music platform.

Not only has their hit single DNA been played on Virgin Radio Dubai and Radio 1 UAE after mass request by fans but also their Mic Dropremix track “has been charting daily on Virgin Radio Dubai’s top hits in the whole country”.

“Their company Big Hit Entertainment also shared the news which mentioned that UAE is one of the 10 countries around the world with their new track ‘Crystal Snow’ as the No. 1 song on the iTunes chart,” says Admin Kim from BTS UAE.

Because BTS helped their fans one way or another, Armys are always eager to repay them for their love and constant hard work.

“The simplest thing we can do to give back is by making them top the charts and help their goals and dreams become a reality,” says Admin Ren from BTS UAE.

“Seeing them happy and go far is what makes all the ARMYs happy.”

After the release of their album, BTS entered a two-year partnership with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on a campaign called LOVE MYSELF to #ENDViolence against children and teenagers.

BTS went on to win Artist of the Year at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards for the second-year in a row as well as Daesang or Grand Prize awards at this year’s Seoul Music Awards and Golden Disc Awards and many more awards.

With all their accomplishments and philanthropic work, twenty-one-year-old Heba Emad, who solely runs a fan account, Egyptian ARMY, in Egypt, says that this is only the start.

“BTS still have a lot to show, more awards to win, more records to break, more hearts to steal, and more concerts to hold,” she says.

Please note: The above article was originally published on Gulf News tabloid! and written by the owner of this site. 

My Top 4 Spotify Songs of 2017

This month, I received an email from Spotify, revealing my four tops songs I’ve to listened religiously this year. 16,811 minutes of filling my ears with music isn’t considered enough, but hear me out. I usually listen to music on other music apps but decided to create a Spotify account a few months ago. That ‘s a reasonable excuse I stand by.

So as the new year’s approaching, I’ve compiled my top four songs that I’ve listened in 2017:



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I mean how can you not listen to this track. Sung by Korean hip-hop/R&B singer and producer Crush, ‘Beautiful’ is the original theme song for tvN’s critically acclaimed fantasy-romance television drama ‘Goblin: The Lonely and Great God’, featuring Gong Yoo, Kim Go-eun, Lee Dong-wook, Yoo In-na and Yook Sung-jae.

The nominated song for Best OST at 2017 Mnet Asian Music Award ranked number 1 on numerous Korean music charts. Due to the immense popularity of the song, Crush had “a flood of different emotions”.

Honestly, whenever I went to concerts and events, the audience already remembered me by connecting the song ‘Beautiful’ to my name, which I’m obviously thankful for,” he said at the 2017 Seoul International Music Fair Road Show. “However, because it was such a different style of music compared to what I was aiming for, I did fall into a pit musically.”

Check out Crush’s first-live performance of ‘Beautiful’ here.


follow site 2. Dive by Ed Sheeran

OK, Ed Sheeran is and always will be included on my playlist. There’s no doubt about that! With all those surprising collaborations, you’d expect his chart-topping track ‘Perfect’ as the number one song from his third studio album ÷ on my playlist. I have to say, ‘Dive’ was the one for me. All it took was one play and I was instantly hooked!

Co-written with Benny Blanco and Julia Michaels, Dive was a hit on the music charts, debuting at No.49 on Billboards Hot 100 chart and at No.8 on the UK Singles Chart. Sheeran said that ‘Dive’ has themes of emotional reflection, vulnerability and a sense of devotion.

Sheeran never fails to showcase his vocals and guitar-led ballad on all his albums and ‘Dive’ is no exception.


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 You just want attention, you don’t want my heart ….”. This was the song of the summer for me.

Recorded and produced by American Grammy-nominated pop singer Charlie Puth, Attention is the lead single of Puth’s second studio album Voicenotes.

The midtempo pop rock song is pretty catchy filled with his emotional voice. Once it’s played, you’ll find your body dancing to the 1980s soft-soul and funk track.

“‘Attention’ was the first song for the album, and it started out as this really sad, depressing piano ballad – as most of my songs start out as – and then they become groovy, fun pop songs,”Puth told Rolling Stone.

Charlie recorded bits of the song while he was on tour in Japan in 2016.

After its release, Attention charted at No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it the singer’s third top ten single and his first top 5 hit on the chart since his Grammy-nominated 2015 track See You Again.

It will no doubt get your attention!


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 This song is all about female-empowerment, love and break-up. Who wouldn’t want to listen to the EDM, tropical house and electropop-filled song.

New Rules is sung by British-Albanian singer Dua Lipa, who began posting covers of her favourite artists on YouTube at the age of 14.

The summer pop, break-up anthem entered in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and became the singer’s first number one single in Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The music video is even visually appealing, its make you want to listen to New Rules over and over again.

What’s yours?

The House

(From left to right) Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins and Will Ferrell.

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  • Movie title: The House
  • Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
  • Cast: Amy Poehler, Ryan Simpkins, Will Ferrell, Jason Mantzoukas, Nick Kroll, Allison Tolman, Michaela Watkins and Cedric Yarbrough.
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release date: 30 June 2017
  • Running Time: 88 minutes
  • Box Office: US $11.7 million

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  • The is the second time Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell work together as they previously worked together in 2007’s Blades of Glory and appeared together on Saturday Night Live.
  • Mariah Carey was supposed to make a cameo on the movie but was kicked off set due to “multiple unrealistic demands”.
  • This is Andrew Jay Cohen’s first directorial debut.

mujer virgo soltera noviembre 2017 … and lastly, my thoughts…

Ok, here we go! I just want to get it out there and say that I’m not big fan of Will Ferrell movies, but I thought I’d give The House a shot. Surprisingly, this movie didn’t win my heart this time.

The House is about Kate and Scott Johansen (played by Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell) open an illegal casino to pay for their daughter’s college tuition.

The studio decided not to screen the movie for critics before it’s release. In any case, the movie was panned by critics, receiving 20% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed $13 million worldwide.

According to Variety, some studio executive believe that Rotten Tomatoes ratings plays a role” in driving buzz on social media” and movies tend to make less money than hoped when they’re not” considered high-quality by critics”.

Although The House opened alongside Despicable Me 3 and Baby Driver, R-rated comedies movies like Rough Night, Baywatch, Snatched that were recently screened, may not be working out this year for audiences. 

On the other hand, movies that were released prior such as  The Hangover, 21 Jump StreetNeighbors and Bridesmaids, were successful at the box office.

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Neighbors was written by screenwriter Brendan O’Brien as well as The House, but failed to grab audiences attention. If it were released earlier, would it have been a success? Maybe or not!

Overall, I’d give it three out of five stars.

Let me know what you think by commenting below.

TV Review: Better Late Than Never

(From left to right) Terry Bradshaw, Henry Winkler, Jeff Dye, William Shatner and George Foreman

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  • English title: Better Late Than Never
  • Director: Troy Miller
  • Writer: Paul Greenberg, Carol Leifer, John Kennedy
  • Cast: Terry Bradshaw, Jeff Dye, George Foreman, William Shatner, and Henry Winkler
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English
  • Genre: Comedy, Reality TV
  • Network: NBC
  • Seasons: 1
  • Episodes: 4
  • Release date: 23 August, 2016

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  • The series is adapted after CJ Entertainment & Media’s popular South Korean series Grandpas Over Flowers which also features four veteran actors in their seventies and a well-known actor in his forties as they go on a backpacking tour.
  • Grandpas Over Flowers is the first and only South Korean variety program adapted by a North American national broadcast network.
  • Better Late Than Never will be renewed for a second season.
  • It was ranked as the no. 1 new broadcast show last summer in the United States with 8.1 million viewers.

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1. It has a great, lovable cast

The shows features four cultural icons William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman along with a young tech-savvy comedian, Jeff Dye, who is known as the “bag carrier and human navigator.” They rely on each other during this cultural adventure, demonstrating the true meaning of friendship. You’ll also learn discover their true colors and how they changed throughout their trip. For instance, after Shatner, the oldest cast member, spent time with a Buddhist monk while filming the show, he became interested in Buddhism and meditation.

buy hoodia nz 2. They travel to four countries and six cities

Who said people in their seventies can’t also have fun! The cast travel across Asia, wondering around Tokyo, Kyoto, Seoul, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Chang Mai. They navigate these beautiful places as ordinary tourists, without any bodyguards, translators, assistants etc. Their unprecedented escapades will definitely grab your attention.

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When you’ve got two comedians, one actor, one former football quarterback, and one former professional boxer traveling together, there’s bound to be laughter and endless entertainment. Despite traveling on their own with no schedules or itineraries, their adventure is packed with hilarious cultural experiences, and unexpected situations. The places they explore and how they adapt to the environment will keep you on your toes and off your seats.

buy methotrexate cheap 4. You’ll learn something new

Not the best GIF, but you get the picture! You’re never too old to explore something new and check off your bucket list. It’s a cultural shock for most of the cast. In every episode, they educate viewers on the interesting points of what the countries offer, such as Japan’s Nippon TV talk show PON!, K-pop’s popular girl group Girls’ Generation, Karen Hill Tribe and much more, and not so pleasant facts. (It’s too hard to even write it down).

5. It’s for all ages

Who said entertainment is only for the young?! This show defys a youth-centric entertainment industry, all thanks to the amazing, talented cast. It was ranked as the no. 1 new broadcast show last summer in the United States, with viewers ranging from 18-49 year olds. You’ll fall in love with Asia, and, most importantly, the cast.

Gretchen Röehrs

Remember when your mom would used to tell you to never play with food and to always eat your vegetables? Thanks to Gretchen Röehrs, she changed that concept to a whole new level. The San Francisco-based illustrator incorporates fresh produce, products and other edibles into her mini-portrait sketches of women, making her stand out from other so-called foodie Instagrammers. Because of her whimsical fashion illustrations, it’s no surprise she is social media’s most fashionable foodie. Read my interview with the the illustrator:

Can you share a little but about your artistic origin? What led you do what you’re doing now?

I studied fashion design in school, and illustration was a huge part of my education. It’s the part I love the most.

You offer such an interesting and unique combination of food and fashion, something that no one has ever done, tell me about the inspiration behind this?

The inspiration for my series on food and fashion came from the similarities I see in the curves of women’s bodies and the organic lines in nature. It was easy for them to come together. 

Your illustrations are very aesthetic and eye-catching, especially on social media! How do you make your work so appealing at the same time keep followers interested?

It’s something I’ve struggled with — but ultimately if I only produce work that I think will keep my followers interested I get bored and frustrated. I’ve found that planning stuff is damaging to my process.

What’s the most challenging thing when both illustrating and working with fruits and vegetables?

Not eating my art materials!

You’d be featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The Huffington Post, Seventeen, to name a few. How did that happen? How has that been for you?

It all happened by word of mouth, I’ve been very lucky with the attention publications have given me.

“I’ve learned to always go weirder — people love weird”

Could you tell us a little bit about your creative process and how long does it take to complete one piece of art, especially when working with fruits and vegetables?

It’s a very quick process — usually I lay a piece of produce down and just draw around it.

Are their certain illustrators you’re inspired by? If so, who?

I love the photographer Irving Penn, who really revolutionized the world of still life photography. David Downton is my favorite illustrator!

What motives or influences you when illustrating?

Classic shapes in fashion.

What are some of your favorite illustration projects or clients you have worked with over the years?

Illustrating for the New York Times was a dream.

What do you love most about your job?

The freedom to dream.

What have you learned throughout your career?

I’ve learned to always go weirder — people love weird.


Let’s conclude off with a few quick ones:

  • Favorite fashion designer: delpozo
  • Hardest food to work with: eggs
  • Easiest food to work with: bananas
  • Favorite color to work with: yellow


You can follow ‘Gretchen Roehrs on …

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TV Shows Every ’90s Kid Watched in Dubai

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Before there were online streaming sites such as Netflix and Stan, children of the 90s (including myself) would wait impatiently on coaches for TV shows, that were aired back then, to start. We didn’t really have much options to choose from like today, but that’s ok! Here are a list of shows that every kid used to watch in Dubai the 90s — that also may be familiar to you:

1. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Genre: Comedy, drama and family

Airing date: 1990 – 1996

Cast: Will Smith, Alfonso Ribeiro, James Avery, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Joseph Marcell

2. Full House

Genre: Comedy, drama and family

Airing date: 1987 – 1995

Cast: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier, Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Andrea Barber, Lori Loughlin, Scott Weinger

3. Sabrina The Teenage Witch

Genre: Fantasy, comedy and drama

Airing date: 1996–2003

Cast: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick, Nick Bakay

4. Mad About You

Genre: Comedy and romance

Airing date: 1997–2002

Cast: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, Leila Kenzle, John Pankow, Anne Ramsay

5. Beverly Hills, 90210

Genre: Drama, youth, and romance

Airing date: 1990–2000

Cast: Jason Priestley, Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Ian Ziering, Brian Austin Green, Tori Spelling, Luke Perry, Gabrielle Carteris

6. Friends

Genre: Romance, comedy and drama

Airing date: 1994–2004

Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, Matt LeBlanc

7. Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Genre: Supernatural drama, romance, action, fantasy and horror

Airing date: 1997–2003

Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, James Marsters, Anthony Stewart Head, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz
Seth Green, James Marsters

8. Ally McBeal

Genre: Legal- comedy, drama and romance

Airing date: 1997–2002

Cast: Calista Flockhart, Peter MacNicol, Greg Germann, Vonda Shepard, Jane Krakowski, Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu, Lisa Nicole Carson, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Gil Bellows

9. Charmed

Genre: Supernatural fiction, fantasy, drama and romance

Airing date: 1998–2006

Cast: Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, Dorian Gregory, Drew Fuller, T.W. King

10. Dharma & Greg

Genre: Romance, comedy and drama

Airing date: 1997–2002

Cast: Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Shae D’Lyn, Joel Murray, Alan Rachins
Mimi Kennedy, Mitchell Ryan, Susan Sullivan