Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook of the K-pop sensation BTS are getting standalone covers for Billboard Magazine.
On Thursday, Feb. 15, the publication announced a BTS limited-edition box set which features eight unique covers of the new issue, eight full-sized posters, and a commemorative collector's box. Each member of the seven-member boy band from South Korea got their own covers. There's also a magazine cover featuring a black and white photo of the group.
The BTS Fever
BTS became a big hit in the United States in the past year. The boy band earned their first Billboard Hot 100 with "Mic Drop," peaking at the number 28 spot.
BTS also became the first Korean group to have a song certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America or RIAA and the first Korean act to be awarded multiple RIAA certifications for "Mic Drop" and "DNA."
MiiC DROP Went Gold @BTS_twt @steveaoki — Desiigner (@LifeOfDesiigner) February 3, 2018
BTS has made appearances on television shows in the United States including The Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Late Late Show with James Corden. They also performed in last year's American Music Awards.
Part of the group's charm, especially to their millennial fanbase, is their tendency to discuss social issues through their music. Each member has been involved in writing their songs since the beginning of their career, and they talk about things that they or their fans care about.
"Honestly, from our standpoint, every day is stressful for our generation. It's hard to get a job, it's harder to attend college now more than ever," says RM. "Adults need to create policies that can facilitate that overall social change. Right now, the privileged class, the upper class needs to change the way they think."
This is the reason behind their fame not just in the United States and their home country, South Korea, but also around the world, Suga adds.
Their song resonates with teenagers, young adults, and almost everyone from any age group because they talk about issues that affect people.
"If we don't talk about these issues, who will?" Suga continues. "Our parents? Adults? So isn't it up to us? That's the kind of conversations we have [in the band]: Who knows best and can talk about the difficulty our generation faces? It's us."
The BTS Limited-Edition Box Set from Billboard sells for $89.95. The original Feb. 17 issue, which features all seven members on the cover and retails for $8.99, was sold out a few hours after it became available online.