"Beyond the Scene" of Performance in K-Pop: BTS' Network of Performances On and Off Stage
Journal Articles
This paper examines BTS' performances from 2015 to 2018, ranging from the narrative in their songs and albums, musical performances (recorded and live), and a documentary show to their use of social networks. This examination argues how the actor-network of on-stage and off-stage performance is created when some aspects of their off-stage personality pervade into their on-stage personality.
Sim, H.
"ON" by BTS: the perfect song to endure 2020 to
"This pandemic will pass, there will come a day where there will be justice for the people. All the struggles and fights of 2020 will be a distant memory and we will have changed the world for the better. For now, we may continue to seek solace in the lyrics of ON..."
Veronica Bastardo Vera
"RM FOR PRESIDENT”: K-Pop Protest Repertoires & Populist Soft Power
2020 began with a bang for the Korean pop group, BTS. But, as the pandemic worsened, BTS and its powerful fandom called ARMY had to shelve their plans to gather on the group’s tour, forgoing the excitement of the mass spectacles that have become a feature of live, K-pop performance. Instead, the group’s international fandom was left to cling to the digital intimacies that the group has fostered through a steady and robust stream of social media content on Twitter, VLive (South Korean tech company Naver’s celebrity live-streaming app), and the proprietary fandom platform Weverse, developed by the group’s management company Big Hit Entertainment. The period of pandemic self-isolation has not only heightened digital connections between fans and their favorite groups, but has also brought new initiates into the fold.
Michelle Cho
#BTS Debut Showcase + LYS: SY Concert Production | Behind the Scenes | Kim Sangwook | Arirang Radio
Arirang Radio
#BTS for BLM K-pop, Race & Transcultural Fandom | Lecture by Dr. Michelle Cho | Asian Culture Forum
The Center for Asian Studies, University of Texas at Dallas
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