South Korean supergroup BTS made history again last week when its first all-English song “Dynamite” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart. BTS is the first Korean act to achieve this, smashing the record set by Psy, whose hit “Gangnam Style” reached No. 2 in 2012. The group also boasts a total of four No. 1 albums on Billboard.
Asked if BTS felt like they have begun to earn more respect from the US, the group’s leader RM told AP: “We definitely feel that!” The group just won the Best Pop, Best K-pop, Best Group and Best Choreography awards at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. Bit Hit Entertainment, its management agency, also announced two BTS concerts in Seoul next month.
Meanwhile, the company has been granted preliminary approval for an “initial public offering” (IPO). Once going public, its market value will surge to 4.6 trillion Korean won (about US$3.9 billion), higher than the total value of Korea’s three biggest agencies: JYP, SM and YG.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
1. dynamite adj. 很棒的、優質的 (hen3 bang4 de5, you1 zhi2 de5)
2. respect n. 尊重 (zun1 zhong4)
3. definitely adv. 明確地 (ming2 que4 de5)
4. preliminary adj. 初步的、預備的 (chu1 bu4 de5, yu4 bei4 de5)
5. approval n. 通過、批准 (tong1 guo4, pi1 zhun3)
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