Did K-pop superband BTS change its name?
A lot of K-pop fans were left in the dark when a popular music site reported that boy band BTS was officially changing its name to BTX.
The website noted that the change was designed to appeal to a broader worldwide audience, while heralding a new era for the group highlighting that ‘X’ is much more powerful than ‘S’ and that the boy band is taking hip hop seriously hence the change.
“BTS was the first stage of this important group. Now, we’re proud to welcome the entire world to the next phase of our growth,” the website said quoting a press release issued by label Big Hit Entertainment, the record label managing the group.
The article furthered that the release came out on March 31 while the group was touring California. It added that the group voted 4-3 to approve the name change, with ‘BTS’ members Rap Monster and Jimin leading the charge.
“As you can tell from my name I am a rapper. And as a young boy, I learned from the greatest rappers, DMX and Xzibit. But I realized these rappers are not named ‘DMS’ or ‘Szibit,’ so we could not be ‘BTS’ either and truly succeed,” the article says quoting Rap Monster.
A few sites have already picked up the report, which was published on April 1 (Fool’s Day), making a lot of K-pop fans much more confused.
One thing is certain though, the group is set to land on the Philippine shore once again, and this time for a two-night concert on May 6 and 7 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Billed as The Wings Tour: 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III, the third leg of its live trilogy concert tour promises much bigger and spectacular performances. The record-breaking boy group promises nights of explosive production, jaw-dropping stages and memorable interactions with fans. The concerts will also feature the music from the band’s current album, Wings.
The group first visited Manila in December 2015 for its BTS Live Trilogy Episode II: The Red Bullet. The one-night concert proved BTS’ popularity in the country as tickets for the concert were sold-out. It also marked the group’s first stop outside of South Korea and Japan.
The group returned in August 2016 for another concert. It was also a sold-out show with tickets gone on the first day of official selling.