Rolling Stone

Blowing Up the World’s Biggest Band

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Our June cover on the biggest band in the world [“The Triumph of BTS,” RS 1352] was widely praised, with our additional digital covers of each member (Jung Kook, V, Suga, RM, Jin, J-Hope, and Jimin) sharing the love. It’s no surprise that ARMY, the band’s die-hard legion of fans, were enthusiast­ic and supportive from the start.

“The Rolling Stone interview is a must-read for new ARMYs — and for some old ARMYs who haven’t dug deeply into BTS’ history,” wrote @Happylatae. “This article deserves all the clicks from ARMYs because it’s so insightful,” said @LTB_613. “As an ARMY who writes about [them] as well, I can definitely say that this is one of the best-written articles about BTS and their career,” penned @ami_zuleica.

While some readers were unimpresse­d — “Kill me now,” “No, no, no,” “They are not real, c’mon” — they were far and few between. Even casual listeners were struck by the band’s ongoing, boundary-smashing success. “Every day I get more and more in awe of these boys. If you haven’t read it, do it!” tweeted @bravexsunf­lower. On Instagram, Sabiha H. put it succinctly: “The category is world domination, and they won.” The seven superstars’ individual Q&As were also a hit. On RM: “Intelligen­t, but knows he’s a work in progress. I’ve never seen him halfass something.” On V: “Listed Sam Cooke as an influence. The man has taste.” On Suga: “Always open with his mental struggles, and I’m grateful.” On Jin: “Straightfo­rward, honest, not scared to say something bold.” On Twitter, @Chimchimin­nieG summed it up this way: “My takeaway on the spotlights aside from well-researched questions is that Brian Hiatt must be nice to talk with. The guys are comfortabl­e enough to make the interviews seem just like regular conversati­ons.”

Yet while each member of the band garnered feedback, Jimin’s thoughts about the future of BTS and the bonds each bandmate shares with one another and their fans seemed to resonate the most. “The major takeaway from this article for me is the mutual respect BTS and fans have,” tweeted @human dorrito. “They have never seen us as a sole measure of validation instead of as [people] who walk parallel in their journey, and that is very telling in itself.”

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“One reason I love them: their love for each other and the fans. I hope to see them still making music when they are my age — and older.”

—Sindee_Ne, via Twitter

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