The members—J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga and V—were selected through a combination of recruitment and auditions, and undergo intensive training before the group's launch
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At the peak of their success, K-pop megastars BTS made an emotional announcement to fans: they were taking a break from the supergroup to focus on their solo careers.
The bombshell announcement late Tuesday night sent shockwaves through the septet's global fanbase, and caused the share price of their label HYBE to plunge, even as it pushed back, saying the bandmates would still work together.
AFP takes a look back at the band's record-setting run to global superstardom:
On June 13, 2013, BTS debuts as a seven-member boy band.
The members—J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga and V—are selected through a combination of recruitment and auditions, and undergo intensive training before the group's launch.
2017 US breakthrough
Already stars in their native South Korea, the band sets their sights on the world's largest music market: the United States.
They become the first K-pop act to perform on the televised American Music Awards.
2018 Billboard success
In a vivid illustration of the band's growing appeal, BTS becomes the first K-pop group to top the US album charts.
In May 2018, the band led the Billboard 200—which rank albums via sales, downloads and streams—with their album "Love yourself: Tear".
As their cultural clout grows, BTS are invited to speak at the United Nations. They use the platform to tell young people to be themselves.
Addressing a packed hall at the launch of a UNICEF youth campaign, group leader RM urges youth to "just speak yourself" regardless of their race, gender or identity.
2019 UK chart success
The band sets another record, becoming the first Korean act to top Britain's album chart with "Map of the soul: Persona".
The milestone comes ahead of the group's two sold-out shows at London's famed Wembley Stadium.
After topping charts in the US and Britain, BTS takes their first "long-term" break since their debut, citing a need to "recharge and refresh".
But the band is back within weeks, with a tour that included a show in Saudi Arabia.
2020 'Hot 100'
In September 2020, BTS becomes the first South Korean act to dominate the top US singles chart, with their English-language hit "Dynamite" going to number one on the Billboard Hot 100.