ARMY took to social media to recall a heart-wrenching incident from BTS' early years — the 'Break-Wings' project initiated by fans of various other K-pop boy groups.
BTS members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jung Kook are the focus of the new eight-part series, "Monuments: Beyond the Star." The series delves into the incredible journey of these seven South Korean idols, spanning from their early days in Korea to their international success in the music industry and beyond. Highlighting never-before-seen interviews, concert performances, and behind-the-scenes moments, BTS Monuments chronicles the group's remarkable 10-year career while offering a glimpse into their future endeavours.
With the release of the first and second episodes, the series explores BTS' challenges during the pandemic rather than their debut. Confronted with the inability to perform and connect with fans, the group returned to their roots to rediscover themselves. The members candidly share their thoughts and memories, unveiling never-before-seen clips for their dedicated fanbase, known as ARMY.
As the episodes aired, ARMY took to social media, particularly X (formerly known as Twitter), to recall a heart-wrenching incident from BTS' early years — the 'Break-Wings' project initiated by fans of various other K-pop boy groups to impede BTS' burgeoning success. Originating in 2016, this project aimed to sabotage BTS' "Wings" comeback.
Fans from many groups, some of them being from the Big3 companies joined in spreading hate comments under BTS' new releases and photos on social media. Accusations of 'sajaegi' (chart manipulation) and plagiarism slander followed to further sabotage the "Wings" album comeback set for October 10, 2016.
Despite BTS excelling in both physical sales and digital charts in Korea, they were dragged to court over these false allegations. This incident, occurring when BigHit Music was on the brink of bankruptcy in 2015, proved to be traumatic for the still-young BTS members. The court ruled in favour of the boys, recognizing that a small company like BigHit Music lacked the funds or industry resources to manipulate their success.
Having overcome the adversity they faced, the seven members have successfully built a substantial platform on the global stage. Moreover, they have paved the way for emerging groups seeking recognition in the Western market.
Presently, BTS holds the prestigious title of being the world's biggest boy band, and on Google's 25th anniversary, they earned the distinction of being the most searched boy group in history.
‘BTS Monuments: Beyond The Star’: How to watch the docuseries online?
The limited series is set to debut two episodes weekly exclusively on Disney+ Hotstar starting December 20.