Welcome back to BTS and Other Things.

Since when has anyone given a flying fuck about a Billboard chart?

These things are not determined by some open-ended metric for artists across the world to compete and build their platform. These charts don’t work for you unless your team is in the US — maybe the UK and Canada with some exceptions. The industry as a whole doesn’t. …


this is my pinned comment from our livestream at bby gang wherein we watched and discussed youtuber d’angelo wallace’s video, “i don’t like BTS’ new song.”

here’s my TLDR for d’angelo and those who don’t want to watch the full stream:

the video is mostly kinda bad. though it’s perfectly okay for him to not like the song, he seems to try to make larger points about it being objectively bad which do not cohere well. he switches between saying he just doesn’t like the record, and that the record is “unprofessional” in its creation and that they Should…


Everything about BTS can relate to something deeper. That’s why I’m starting a Medium column called BTS and Other Things. In this column, I will sometimes write about BTS, and sometimes write about other things. And if you don’t like it, nice

One of the easiest ways to assert one’s membership in the intellectual and social elite is to disparage the forms of ‘lowbrow’ entertainment and recreation pursued by ‘ordinary’ people. Sometimes this disdain for mass, pop, or folk culture is blunt and sarcastic; sometimes it is subtle.

Nonetheless, some sort of indication that one does not engage in some…


Doing so only hurts both the Black and Asian communities

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Last week, Laura Huang, an author and associate professor at Harvard Business School, addressed in a tweet the exponential rise in anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year. “I want to see how passionately people (incl other POC) will stand up for Asians,” she wrote. “Those of you who were so vocal w BLM, where are you on the 1900% increase in Asian-directed hate crimes?”

These hate crimes, such as the assault of a 64-year-old grandmother in San Jose, California, earlier this month and the murder of 84-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee shortly before, are part of a wave of violence toward…


People want to understand K-pop stans after their contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. The first rule: They are not a monolith.

Fans at the Changwon K-pop World Festival. Photo: Ed Jones/Getty Images

On Monday, the Korean boy group Tomorrow X Together (TXT) was interviewed by Good Day New York anchor Rosanna Scotto about their upcoming performance at the KCON:TACT festival. Toward the end of the exchange, Scotto posed a question that seemed to catch them off guard:

“Do you know anything about that whole movement of TikTok users and K-pop fans getting tickets to President Trump’s rally and then not showing up?” she asked.

After the five members of TXT traded wide-eyed, befuddled glances, one of the bandmates, Yeonjun, responded diplomatically in his non-native English: “Yeah, we don’t know anything. …


BTS at Wembley Stadium, June 2019.

K-pop fans are doing good things for social justice and people are stunned by it. But why are they stunned? Buzzfeed writer Eleanor Bate, an ARMY (BTS stan), suggested via a tweet that much of it comes from a subconscious misogyny; a lack of attentiveness towards the transforming political orientations and personal agencies of predominantly young women and femmes in their online dedicative spaces.

“I just think ~some people~ wouldn’t be so surprised by k-pop stans’ organisation and activism if they had actually recognised (predominantly) young women’s dedication to their interests as legitimate in the first place instead of accusing…


In the face of coronavirus, people are resorting to the same bigoted attacks that led to Chin’s murder in Detroit 38 years ago

Lily Chin, Vincent Chin’s mother, leaving Detroit’s City Building. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

In 1982, Japan’s growing success in the automobile industry left U.S. companies with declining opportunities. The United States was struggling, still traumatized from the worst recession since the Great Depression. Some people sought a scapegoat.

That summer, Vincent Chin, a 27-year-old Chinese American draftsman, was murdered in Detroit. His killers, Ronald Ebens and Michael Nitz, stalked him following a spat in a night club, where Chin had been celebrating his bachelor party with some friends. Ebens allegedly incited the incident by shouting at Chin, “It’s because of you little motherfuckers that we’re out of work!” About 20 minutes later, the…


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do you know ahmir “questlove” thompson (@questlove)? yes you do. aside from being a star of jimmy fallon’s tonight show as the drummer for the legendary roots crew, with a discography as groundbreaking as it is wide, he’s also one of the foremost intellectuals of black music.

aside from being able to break down the revolutionary musicality of artists like michael jackson and prince, quest has also spoken often about his work with different artists, including a very relevant name to this thread: d’angelo.

do you know d’angelo? sure you do. he’s one of the greatest artists of the…


With their new single, the supergroup continues a playful assault on youth unemployment, career pressure, and social inequality

BTS performs during the Times Square New Year’s Eve 2020 celebration. Photo: Michael Stewart/Getty Images

Toward the end of the second verse in “Dope,” the 2015 rap-dance single that helped catapult South Korean group BTS to pop stardom, singer RM declares furiously: “잠든 청춘을 깨워 go.” Translation: “Wake up the sleeping youth, go!”

Since their debut in 2013, BTS has progressed to become South Korea’s biggest music act. The group’s latest release, “Interlude: Shadow,” features rapper Suga deftly ruminating on the pressures of success over a pulsating trap beat. …


read the thread here: https://twitter.com/tybutdisagree/status/1179414980514500608

a tornado flew around the timeline this morning. for days, ARMY had been awaiting a much-whoopdiedooed cover story by the hollywood reporter of their beloved band, BTS. the traffic was palpable. in the midst of many likes and retweets, there were many fans who noted that they’d have to unblock THR in this one instance, just to read this big piece.

at this point, you might ask why ARMYs had THR blocked in the first place. well…

Elliot Sang

Elliot is a writer and recording artist from Queens, New York. He is of Dominican and Chinese descent. He runs the YouTube channel bby gang.

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