BTS Full Form: What is the meaning of BTS?

Known for their authentic and self-produced music, excellent performances, and the way they interact with their fans, BTS has established itself as a "pop icon of the 21st century", breaking countless world records. Although the word BTS is quite popular all over the world, most of the people do not know that BTS is an acronym and there is also a full form of BTS.

In this article, we are discussing the term BTS along with other essential information, such as BTS full form, history, member names and their date of birth, popular BTS albums, and other details.

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What is the full form of BTS?

The meaning or full form of BTS is “BangTan Sonyeondan”. It is a Korean word meaning "Bulletproof Boy Scouts". In an interview with Affinity Magazine, one of the members of the BTS group named 'J-Hope' explained that the meaning of BTS reflects the will of the group. He explained that it symbolizes the blocking of stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that target today's generation of teenagers or youth like bullets.

In July 2017, BTS redesigned the brand logo and shared that the term BTS would also stand for "Beyond the Scene" as part of their new brand identity. This expanded meaning of BTS is significant for those young BTS who refuse to settle for anything and go beyond limits. This way, BTS again sent a positive message to the fan base with the full form of BTS.

BTS Full Form

Who is BTS?

BTS, or Bangtan Sonyeondan, is a seven-member South Korean boy band group formed in 2010. However, BTS debuted under Big Hit Entertainment (now rebranded as Big Hit Music) in June 2013 with their debut album '2 Cool 4 Skool'. The group has won the hearts of millions of fans around the world since its debut.

BTS initially started as a hip hop band group, but their musical style has evolved over time and includes many other genres such as K-pop (Korean popular music), Pop (popular music), R&B (rhythm and blues), and EDM (electronic dance music)

The lyrics of BTS composed songs often focused on personal and social commentary, touch on themes of mental health, the troubles of school-age youth and coming of age, loss, the journey of loving oneself, and individualism. Because of it, BTS has become a youth symbol and inspiration for billions of youth.

Note: BTS officially debuted with a song titled 'No More Dream' under the album '2 Cool 4 Skool'. It sold around 50,000 copies and BTS went unstoppable with each song thereafter. The lyrics were inspirational from their very first song. 

How many members are in BTS?

The BTS group is also referred to as the "Bangtan Boys" by most people, while the people or fans who listen to their songs are referred to as the "BTS Army", where ARMY stands for “Adorable Representative MC for Youth”. 

There are a total of seven primary members in the BTS. The BTS members are named "RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook". Jin, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook are the vocalists, while SUGA, j-hope, and RM (Rap Monster) are rappers.

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Let us know about each member in brief:


RM is primarily known by his stage name, but his real name is "Kin Nam-joon". He was born on 12 September 1994. RM is the leader of the BTS group. He released his first solo mixtape titled RM on 20 March 2015. RM is best known as a rapper, but he is also a songwriter and record producer.



Jin is currently the eldest BTS member and his real name is "Kim Seok-jin". He was born on 4 December 1992. Jin has been a member of BTS since June 2013. He was invited to join Big Hit Entertainment (now rebranded as Big Hit Music) while he was studying about films and movies. Jin released his first solo track with BTS on October 10, 2016, titled Awake



SUGA is the primary rapper of BTS and his real name is "Min Yoon-gi". He was born on March 9, 1993. SUGA debuted as a BTS member in 2013. He released his first solo mixtape on 15 August 2016, titled August D (commonly known as SUGA of boy-band BTS). That is why he is also known by August D as his other stage name after SUGA.


In addition to rapper, SUGA is also a songwriter and record producer. The Korea Music Copyright Association credits SUGA as a songwriter and producer for more than 100 songs. 


Another member of BTS is named J-Hope (stylized as j-hope). Although his stage name is mostly used, his real name is "Jung Ho-seok". He was born on February 18, 1994. J-Hope debuted as a BTS member in 2013 under Big Hit Entertainment. Before joining BTS, he was a part of a street dancing group.


J-Hope released his first solo mixtape on March 2, 2018, titled Hope World. Apart from being a dancer, he is also a rapper, songwriter, and record producer.


Jimin is a singer and dancer in the BTS group and his real name is "Park Ji-min". He was born on 13 October 1995. Jimin also debuted as a member of BTS in 2013. He released his first solo song in 2016, titled Lie. It was released as part of BTS' second Korean studio album called Wings.



V is a singer and songwriter and usually plays vocalist in BTS. His real name is "Kim Tae-hyung". He was born on 30 December 1995. V joined Big Hit Entertainment as a trainee after giving an audition. He debuted in BTS in 2013, but his name was kept secret while other member names were already announced. 

The agency (Big Hit Entertainment) introduced him as a secret member by giving him a surprise during his debut with the track "No More Dream". He released the first solo song on BTS' second Korean studio album Wings in 2016, titled Stigma.


Jung Kook

Jung Kook is currently the youngest BTS member and his real name is "Jeon Jung-kook". He was born on 1st September 1997. Jung Kook is a member of BTS since June 2013 and usually plays the role of vocalist.  

Jung Kook

Although Jung Kook received several casting offers from entertainment companies, he chose to become a trainee under Big Hit Entertainment because he was inspired by another member, RM. He released his first solo pop track/song in the 2016 album Wings, titled Begin.

Popular BTS Albums

BTS has released over 30 albums to date, which contain several tracks and each with individual meaning or stories of their struggle. BTS members have explained their lives through their songs and have become an open book to their fans through their music.

Some of the popular BTS albums and their release dates are listed below:

Album Name Release Date
2 Cool 4 Skool June 12, 2013
O!RUL8,2? September 11, 2013
Skool Luv Affair February 12, 2014
Dark & Wild August 19, 2014
The Most Beautiful Moment In Life April 29, 2015
WINGS October 10, 2016
You Never Walk Alone February 13, 2017
Love Yourself September 18, 2017
Map of the Soul April 12, 2019
BTS World Original Soundtrack June 28, 2019
Dynamite August 20, 2020
BE November 20, 2020
Butter May 21, 2021
Permission to Dance July 8, 2021

BTS Records and Achievements

Although BTS has set many records and achieved many achievements to date (January 2022), still they are unstoppable and will continue to shine in the years to come. Some jaw-dropping BTS records and achievements are listed below:

BTS created history by being the first Asian group to win the top award titled “Artist of the Year” at the AMA (American Music Award) 2021.

BTS achieved 23 records in the “Guinness World Records” in the fields of music and social media.

BTS has been nominated for the Grammy Awards twice (2021, 2022) in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.

In addition to the Guinness World Record, BTS has broken several other records for Spotify, Twitter, and YouTube. BTS has achieved more records than we can ever expect.

Interesting Facts about BTS

Some interesting facts about BTS are listed below:

BTS adds about $5 billion annually to the economy of South Korea. This is about half a percent of the entire economy of South Korea.

It took almost 3 years to set up BTS. Although Big Hit Entertainment began auditions to set up a group in 2010, BTS officially debuted in 2013.

J-Hope is the only BTS member without a piercing.

Twitter has a BTS emoji, with the text BTS appearing in the middle of a bulletproof vest.

Jimin is known by many nicknames like Mochi, Chimchim, Prince of Busan, Jiminie, etc.

Jung Kook was only 15 years old when he made his debut in BTS. He is also known by the nickname Golden Makna (Maknae), which means the youngest person with many talents.

BTS not only performs on their songs but also writes, records, and edits their own music.

The Korean studio album by BTS, titled Wings released in 2016, was their first to sell one million copies in South Korea.

Other Forms of BTS

Here are some other popular forms of BTS, depending on other fields or categories (other than Music Group):

Field/ Category Full-Form
Govt. & Departments Bureau of Transportation Statistics
Association & Organizations British Thoracic Society
Technology Base Transceiver Station
Software & Applications Bug Tracking System
Broadcasting Broadcast Television Systems
Communication Back to School


BTS (stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan) is a world-popular South Korean boy band group consisting of seven members. Unlike other music groups, BTS focused on targeting a global fan base by leveraging social media platforms. Nowadays, BTS gives live stage performances on world tours, winning various awards globally. However, Indian fans are still waiting for BTS to come to India.

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