BTS, also known as the Bangtan Boys, is a seven-member South Korean boy band formed by Big Hit Entertainment.
The group's name, BTS, is an acronym for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan (Hangul: 방탄소년단), literally meaning "Bulletproof Boy Scouts". The name was conceptualized with the thought that BTS would block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets and protect the values and ideals of today’s adolescents.
BTS co-writes and produces much of their output, which some media outlets have attributed for their success. The group's early musical style and image was influenced by hip hop, as seen in "N.O." and "No More Dream".They later branched out into R&B and rock music with "Danger" and "Boy in Luv". The members' solo songs in Wings incorporated a diverse range of genres, with neo soul for V's "Stigma", gospel for J-Hope's "Mama" and piano-rap for Suga's "First Love".
BTS has been complimented for "speaking honestly about topics they deem important, even in a conservative society" by Jeff Benjamin from Fuse magazine.[ Tamar Herman from Billboard magazine noted that the septet often have recurring themes in their materials. Their "school trilogy" series - 2 Cool 4 Skool (2013), O!RUL8,2? (2013), and Skool Luv Affair (2014) – explored "the troubles and anxieties of school-age youth.""Not Today" from You Never Walk Alone has an anti-establishment anthem, with messages advocating for minority groups while Wings (2016) touched upon mental health and female empowerment. Love Yourself: Her, in which themes were identified as "love, friendship, loss, [and] death" is the first of four EPs of the "Love Yourself" series.