ARMY Awards

ARMY Awards

YEAR
AWARD CEREMONY
CATEGORY
RESULT
2015 Soompi Awards Top 10 Best Fandom Won
2016 Soompi Awards Top 10 Best Fandom Won
PopCrush Fan Choice Awards Most Loyal Fanbase
2017 Soompi Awards Top 10 Best Fandom Won
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards Best Fandom Nominated
Nickelodeon Columbia Kids’ Choice Awards Best Fandom
Nickelodeon Argentina Kids’ Choice Awards Best Fandom
BreakTudo Awards (Brazil) Best Fandom Won
2018 Soompi Awards Top 10 Best Fandom Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards (United States) Best Fan Army
Teen Choice Awards (United States) Choice Fandom
Radio Disney Music Awards (United States) Fiercest Fans Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards (Spain) Biggest Fans Won
MTV Latin America Millennial Awards (Mexico) Fandom of the Year
MTV Millennial Awards (Mexico) Fandom of the Year
MTV Millennial Awards (Brazil) Fandom of the Year
MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards Best Fandom
2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Fan Army Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Fandom
Soompi Awards Twitter Best Fandom Nominated
Nickelodeon Mexico Kids’ Choice Awards Best Fandom Won
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil Fandom of the Year
MTV Millennial Awards Fandom of the Year
MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) Biggest Fans
BreakTudo Awards Best International Fandom
United By Pop Awards 2019 Fandom of the Year
2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Fan Army Won
UK Power Radio Summer Awards 2020 Best Fandom
2020 Rockbjörnen Awards Best Fans
ExaBFF Best Fans
MTV Millennial Awards Brazil Fandom Real Official
2020 Kids’ Choice Awards Mexico Best Fandom
The Big 20 Chart Awards Fandom of the Year
2020 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) Biggest Fans
BreakTudo Awards International Fandom Nominated
2021 30th Seoul Music Awards (SMA) WhosFandom Won
United By Pop Awards 2020 Fandom of the Year
2020 TDY Awards Fandom of the Year
Top 50 Music Awards 2020 Biggest Fans
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Fan Army
Prêmio Tudo Information Música 2021 International Fandom
Séries em Cena Awards
[ to be held ]
International Fandom Nominated
The Pop Hub Awards 2021
[ to be held ]
Biggest Fans
2021 JOOX Indonesia Music Awards
[ to be held ]
Best Fanbase of the Year
2021 Premios MTV Miaw
[ to be held ]
Best Fandom

About the Charts

ABOUT THE CHARTS

ARIA Charts

The ARIA Charts are the main Australian music sales charts issued weekly by the Australian Recording Industry Association. The charts record the highest-selling songs and albums of various genres in Australia based on data collected from a combination of physical and digital retailers as well as music-streaming services. The weekly ARIA Charts are released on Apple Music and Spotify every Saturday at 5 p.m. AEST.

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Billboard Charts

The Billboard charts are regional and international charts that record sales, streams, and airplay to rank the popularity of songs, albums, and artists on a weekly basis (monitored on a Friday-to-Thursday cycle). There are many different charts dedicated to various categories, genres, and regions; and the sales from the United States contribute considerably to these charts. 

Billboard also has a chart quite unrelated to music consumption, titled as the Social 50 chart, which ranks the artists with the most engagements on social networking sites; an artist’s popularity is determined by a formula blending their weekly addition of friends, fans, and followers along with their artist page views and weekly song play, measured by Next Big Sound.

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Gaon Music Chart

The Gaon Music Chart is a South Korean music chart that is split into Gaon Album Chart and Gaon Digital Chart. The Gaon Album Chart records physical album shipments, which are the numbers of copies shipped to stores (both domestically and abroad) excluding the returns. As a result, the numbers on the Gaon Album Chart will usually appear higher than those on other charts. The Gaon Digital Chart ranks the best-selling digital music sales, combining downloads, streaming, and background music (a mode of musical performance in which the music is not intended to be a primary focus of potential listeners). 

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HANTEO Chart

The HANTEO Chart is a South Korean music chart designed to rank real-time physical album sales, recording information obtained from a selected number of Hanteo-certified stores that report their sales for each artist on a daily basis. It does not reflect total sales but gives a general idea of how an album is performing; as a result, the numbers from the HANTEO Chart will not be as high as those on other charts. 

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iTunes

iTunes is a media player, library, and internet radio broadcaster developed by Apple Inc., available on both iOS and Windows devices. Purchasing, organizing, and playing multimedia content can be done through the application. iTunes charts differ by country and regions, and are separated into Top Songs and Top Albums as determined by in-app sales.


MelOn

MelOn is a South Korean music store and streaming platform run by KaKao Corp. MelOn Chart provides a service that has daily, weekly, and monthly charts based on streams and downloads on the app. 

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National Syndicate of Phonographic Publishing

The National Syndicate of Phonographic Publishing (SNEP) is a regional chart in France. Their responsibilities include collecting and distributing royalty payments for broadcasts and performances, preventing copyright infringement of its members’ works (including music piracy), and sales certification of silver, gold, platinum, and diamond records and videos. Additionally, it compiles official charts of France’s top-selling music on a weekly basis by gathering data from physical album sales, digital downloads, and streams.

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Oricon Charts

Oricon charts are Japanese charts that record weekly sales of CDs, DVDs, video games, and entertainment content in several other formats in Japan; purchases outside of the country are not counted. The Oricon Singles Chart is the Japanese music industry-standard singles popularity chart issued daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly by Oricon. Chart rankings are based only on physical sales; download sales are not included. 

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Official Charts

The Official Charts are the only regional charts in the United Kingdom which rank the popularity of music on a weekly basis. These charts are compiled by recording physical sales, digital downloads, and streams.

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Official Deutsche Charts

Deutsche Charts is Germany’s official charts, split into a singles chart and an albums chart, which are compiled by GfK Entertainment on behalf of the Bundesverband Musikindustrie (German Music Industry). These charts of various categories rank the popularity of songs, albums, and artists based on sales, and provide streaming data as well.

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Spotify Charts

Spotify Technology S.A. is a Swedish media services provider and music streaming service available worldwide in around 80 countries, with Europe and North America being the biggest markets. Spotify charts, based on platform streams, are separated into Top 200 Charts and Viral 50 Charts, which are different for each country and region that it is available in.

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Help Promote BTS

HELP PROMOTE BTS

Why is promoting BTS important?

Promotion is one of the main factors that boost an artist’s exposure and growth. As BTS is a South Korean group, the general public in other countries may be unaware of them. Promoting BTS in an appropriate manner and exposing the general public to BTS’ music can help familiarize them with BTS’ songs, clear off any preconceived notions they might have against BTS, and possibly gain their interest. Furthermore, it can expand the ARMY family and help create a positive image for the group; thus, helping BTS attain more achievements and recognition in the world of music.

Ways to Promote BTS

Post on TikTok

TikTok has been proven to correlate with the impact an artist or song has on music charts. It has over 1 billion downloads and 800 million active users as of May 2020.

Steps to follow

  1. Choose a BTS song or choreography.
  2. Create a challenge or trend that is fun and appropriate.
  3. Upload the TikTok challenge video.
  4. Share it, and recommend others to do it as well.

NOTE: TikTok trends must involve a large number of users trying to follow it; the greater the number of users, the greater the response. Therefore, it is necessary to keep in mind that the challenges should be created in a way that would be fairly easy for the general public to follow.

How does it help BTS?

  • Due to the large number of TikTok users, a viral trend on this platform with a BTS song used in the background would give BTS a large amount of exposure. This could result in more individuals becoming interested in them and their music.
  • A viral BTS song would naturally have users curious to search BTS’ music which would increase their view counts on YouTube and/or streams on other music streaming platforms.

Provide links to BTS videos

Videos and photos are essential factors in promotions. BTS’ music videos are visually pleasing, energetic, charismatic, and thus, can be appealing to a wide variety of viewers.

Steps to follow

  • When coming across a person interested in BTS’ music, provide them with links to BTS’ music videos, preferably according to their music taste and genre, so that they can familiarize themselves with BTS’ music and visual style.
  • Share links to videos, for example BANGTAN EPISODES and LOGS, which illustrate their artistry and provide more information on their work.
  • Share links or videos showcasing BTS’ song or album making process.
  • Share links to videos where BTS are just being themselves. For example, BANGTAN BOMBS.

How does it help BTS?

  • Most of BTS’ content is consumed in the form of videos. Sharing these videos with the general public would give them the chance to discover BTS, learn more about them, and possibly lead them to become an ARMY!
  • Sharing links to BTS’ music videos will help increase YouTube views, which will in turn help boost the ranking of those songs on the charts where applicable.
  • Sharing links to BTS’ videos from their YouTube channels will also help with their Billboard Social 50 ranking, as it increases engagements on their YouTube channel.

Engage with BTS’ social media

Engaging with BTS’ social media refers to sharing and interacting with their official accounts, posts, and content on various social media platforms. 

Steps to follow

  • Facebook
    • Official Facebook Page: @bangtan.official
      • Like and follow their page.
      • Like and comment on their posts regularly.
      • Share their page with friends and on other social media sites.
  • Instagram
    • Official Instagram Account: @bts.bighitofficial
      • Follow their account.
      • Like and comment on their posts regularly.
      • Share their account with friends and on other social media sites.
  • Twitter
    • BTS has an official account that the members personally use (@BTS_twt), an official account handled by their staff (@bts_bighit), and an official Japanese account which is also handled by their staff (@BTS_jp_official).
    • Note: Data from BTS’ personal Twitter account is used for the Billboard Social 50 Chart.
      • Follow their account.
      • Like, comment, retweet, and quote-retweet their posts regularly.
      • Tag their account “@BTS_twt” in appropriate BTS related posts (e.g. articles that positively mention BTS).
      • Share their account with friends and on other social media platforms.
  • YouTube
    • There are two official YouTube channels:
      • HYBE LABELS is HYBE LABELS’ official YouTube channel. It contains content from BIGHIT MUSIC, SOURCE MUSIC, BELIFT LAB, and PLUS GLOBAL AUDITION. BTS’ official music videos will be found and released on this channel.
      • BANGTANTV is BTS’ official YouTube channel. It contains content such as BANGTAN BOMBS, BANGTAN EPISODES, audio versions of BTS songs, vlogs, behind the scene clips, Golden Closet Films (GCFs), practice and choreography videos, etc.
        • Subscribe to these two channels.
        • Watch BTS’ official music videos and other official video content from these channels.
        • Like and comment on their videos.
        • Share their videos.

How does it help BTS?

  • Engaging with BTS’ social media directly helps with their ranking on the Social 50 Chart. Maintaining a high and consistent ranking on the chart attracts the attention of the general public as they may be interested in finding out what makes BTS popular.
  • As Twitter is one of the most widely used social media platforms, trending hashtags and keywords related to BTS on Twitter can help grab the attention of people from all over the world.
  • Sharing BTS’ social media handles or pages can make it easier for the general public to refer to if they would like to discover more about BTS.

Recommend similar music

If one shows interest in BTS, provide the individual with song recommendations based on the genre(s) they enjoy. For example, if said person enjoyed one of BTS’ collabs, recommend more songs with the given BTS member(s). This may lead to them becoming more open to and/or following BTS’ music releases. Something along the lines of, “Hey, this song is similar in style of —, maybe you’ll like it!” would help the individual discover BTS. 

NOTE: Always be mindful of the person and if they would like more information or not.

Examples

  • An individual likes “Outro: Tear” and is looking for similar songs; possible recommendations could be the Cyphers, “Ddaeng,” and “UGH!” because these are also rap line unit songs.
  • An individual wants to hear some of BTS’ music and enjoys ballad songs; possible recommendations could be “Butterfly,” “RUN (Ballad Mix),” or “Spring Day.”
  • If an individual liked “SUGA’s Interlude” by Halsey feat. SUGA, possible recommendations could be “Song Request” by Lee Sora feat. SUGA,  “eight” by IU feat. SUGA, and “Trivia: Seesaw.”

How does it help BTS?

With more suggestions, the general public will gain more knowledge of BTS’ music and its diversity. This would give BTS more exposure, which may lead to a greater fan following.


Mention BTS’ work as humanitarians

A humanitarian is a person who seeks to promote human welfare. BTS has always been active advocates of social welfare and self-care, using their platform to support and spread awareness for multiple social causes. Their lyrics often refer to and promote self reflection, love, and care. Not to mention, BTS collaborated with UNICEF for the Love Myself anti-violence campaign as well as have donated and continue to donate to countless charities and organizations.

Steps to follow

When talking to an individual who is trying to know more about BTS:

  • Give more information regarding the Love Myself campaign.
  • Share their UN speech.
  • Mention the donations BTS has made.
  • Mention how their music promotes self-love and provides a sense of healing.
  • Mention the social messages included in their music.

How does it help BTS?

Mentioning BTS’ humanitarian efforts will portray how BTS are as artists and how they use their work and platform to give back to society. This sets them apart and exhibits how their passion extends beyond the people who listen to their music, which can incite interest in a varied demographic of the general public.


Spread BTS’ lyrics, stories, and messages

Unlike the stereotypes associated with K-Pop and boy bands, BTS are artists who compose and produce their songs with appreciation and sincerity. BTS has beautiful songs covering a wide range of genres and topics with lyrics that tell a story, provide a sense of comfort, and often encompass a social or political message.

Steps to follow

  • Talk about how certain songs or lyrics have helped you in your life.
  • Share information regarding BTS’ lyrics that explore certain societal issue(s).
  • Have discussions about how intricate BTS’ lyrics are.
  • Share information about BTS’ Love Myself campaign.
  • Share information that shows how the lyrics talk about self-love and self-care.
  • Talk about MAP OF THE SOUL’s connection to Jungian Theory.
  • Mention how BTS’ themes for their music ignites discussion on mythology (e.g. “Dionysus” from MAP OF THE SOUL : 7).
  • Talk about the Bangtan Universe that is shown in their songs and music videos, and how ARMY creates theories to connect the story.
  • Share the webtoon “Save Me” which is based on the Bangtan Universe.
  • Talk about CONNECT, BTS and the promotional activity that was done for MAP OF THE SOUL : 7.

How does it help BTS?

Music is not the only way to promote and introduce BTS to a newer group of potential fans. There are many other lessons, feelings, and experiences that BTS bring along with their music, to which many people can resonate to. Sharing information regarding BTS’ amazing lyricism and artistry would get a unique set of the general public interested in BTS.


Shazam BTS’ music

Shazam is an app owned by Apple that identifies music based on an audio fingerprint. It is a handy tool commonly used to search for a song. Shazam sends this data to radio stations which allows them to determine a song’s popularity in a specific area.

Steps to follow

Please refer to our Shazam guide for steps and more information.

How does it help BTS?

Shazam allows the data to be sent to radio stations which can help increase BTS’ recognition. It is also believed that the data provided is used to determine the interest in an artist and whether a concert should be held in that particular region.


Request BTS on radio

When songs are played on the radio, it provides a wider exposure for the artist and helps with music charts rankings such as Billboard.

Steps to follow

  • Contact a local fanbase, and ask them how the radio works in a given region or country.
  • Request BTS songs by calling local radio stations.
  • Alternatively, through Twitter, ask radio stations to play their music, participate in polls, and more.

Note: Different radio stations will have different processes and policies for requesting that may vary per location.

How does it help BTS?

Requesting BTS on the radio gives their music a chance to be heard by the general public, which, in turn, may bring in new fans. This, alongside radio play, can help increase their streams and charting positions, especially on the Billboard charts. 

ARMY Membership

ARMY MEMBERSHIP

What is it?

The GLOBAL OFFICIAL FANCLUB ARMY MEMBERSHIP is the official BTS fan club membership that is open for ARMY worldwide. In order to join, ARMY must purchase the membership from the Weverse Shop (previously known as Weply). 

The membership for the 2020 – 2021 period has been reorganized and is now available in 2 different versions: ARMY Membership and ARMY Membership: Merch Pack. 

When can I purchase the membership?

The membership is available for year-round purchase once announced, and it lasts for a year from the date of registration. 

  • Sign up period: From August 14, 2020; 2:00 p.m. KST.
  • Note: Multiple sign-ups are not allowed.

Eligibility

  • Renewal: Previous ARMY Membership holders can renew their membership up to two months before or one month after the expiration date. ARMY who renew their memberships within this period may receive a special renewal gift.

    The special renewal gift this year is a digital image of a message of thanks written with the artist’s handwriting; the member will be randomly selected. The gift will be available after the renewal membership purchase has been confirmed which is done by the following:
    • Seven days have passed after the renewal of membership
    • Membership benefits have been used
  • Note: Check your membership period by going on to the “Membership Only” section on Weverse.
  • New member: ARMY who are not already a holder of the previous ARMY Membership, or whose previous membership has expired due to not renewing. 

Membership Prices

The prices are inclusive of VAT but exclusive of shipping charges.

  • ARMY Membership: 25,000 KRW (22 USD)
  • ARMY Membership: Merch Pack: 175,000 KRW (150 USD)

ARMY Membership Benefits

The benefits of ARMY Membership include the following:

  • ARMY Membership mobile card.
  • Opportunity to buy exclusive merchandise.
  • Benefits for purchasing BTS content on Weverse, e.g. early release, members-only prices, etc.
  • Opportunity to purchase the ARMY Membership Kit.
  • Early ticket reservation and ticket raffle opportunities for domestic and international BTS performances and concerts.
  • Opportunity to apply for attending domestic music program broadcasts featuring BTS.
  • Access to BTS Weverse Membership and exclusive content.
  • Opportunities to participate in other online or offline special events as announced by Big Hit.

ARMY Membership: Merch Pack

The ARMY Membership: Merch Pack includes all the benefits of the ARMY Membership with an included opportunity to purchase four special Merch Boxes products throughout the year.

The Merch Box can only be purchased through the Weverse Shop (GLOBAL, USA, or JAPAN) that you have purchased your membership from. You may receive the box by paying the shipping charges only during the validity period of your ARMY Membership: Merch Pack.

Note: More information on the Merch Box is provided on the respective product page.

Membership Kit

The Membership Kit is now an additional purchase that is no longer included with the ARMY Membership as a set.

The price of the kit is inclusive of VAT but exclusive of shipping charges, stands at 14,000 KRW (13 USD), and can only be purchased through the Weverse Shop (GLOBAL, USA or JAPAN) that you have purchased your membership from. More details are provided on the respective product page.

The content of the Membership Kit changes every year according to the concept. The most recent concept was “BTS Cinema,” and the kit consisted of: membership card, badge, masking tape, poster, user guide, review note, photo ticket, ARMY.ZIP, package, and name tag.

Important information

  1. Only one ARMY Membership or ARMY Membership: Merch Pack can be purchased per ID. 
  2. Membership benefits are only available if the account details (i.e. name and email address) on both Weverse and Weverse Shop are the same.
  3. Membership benefits are only available if the name on the account is the same as the one on the buyer’s ID; therefore, it cannot be transferred or sold to others.
  4. The Membership mobile card can be verified immediately after purchase.
  5. Mobile and physical Membership Cards can be used to receive membership benefits; however, please note that the physical card will only be provided in the Membership Kit.
  6. You can only sign up or book once for the benefits available exclusively to the Membership holder.
  7. The name you enter when purchasing the membership and the name on a valid ID must be the same to receive membership benefits.
    • Korean nationality holders: Resident Registration Card, driver’s license, passport, and Youth ID card are valid forms of ID
    • Non-Korean nationality holders: Alien Registration Card and passport are valid forms of ID
  8. The name for the ARMY Membership cannot be changed; be careful when entering it at the time of the purchase.
  9. Refunds may be granted within seven days of registration unless the ARMY Membership Kit has been purchased, the membership-only content has been granted, or the buyer has participated in events that are exclusive to the membership.

ARMY Etiquette

ARMY ETIQUETTE

et·i·quette
/ ˈedəkət,ˈedəˌket /
noun

noun: etiquette; plural noun: etiquettes
A code of polite and mannerly conduct in society or among members of a particular profession or group.
“Every country has its own customs of social etiquette and good manners.”
Similar: protocol, polite behavior, good manners, manners

Source: Lexico

DISCLAIMER: The All For ARMY team has put together this general behavioral guide for ARMY in hopes of creating a more enjoyable fan experience for everyone. We have no intention of controlling the behavior of any individual, and acknowledge that manners vary from person to person. Any action you take upon reading this guide is at your own choice as these are simply suggestions and advice!

In Real Life

Things to remember when you meet, or happen to be at the same location as BTS, or are attending a BTS event:

1. Official Schedules

(Comeback season, broadcasts, concerts, fan meetings, fansigns, award shows etc.)

Do:

  • Follow the rules given by Big Hit, security, and venue staff.
  • Ask appropriate questions during fan meetings and fansigns.
  • Be respectful towards the members, their personal space, and safety.

Do NOT:

  • Invade their personal space. This means one should not block, chase, mob, or touch them without their consent.
  • Ask questions that can be considered too personal or disrespectful. Remember that we are their fans, not close friends or family.
  • Throw objects at the members during concerts, live performances, or any other appearances — both on and off stage. Avoid engaging in actions that could potentially hurt them physically and/or mentally.
  • Smuggle prohibited items into venues. It could lead to security involvement and cause the people to panic, leading to an unpleasant experience for all parties involved.
  • Scream or shout when BTS is being interviewed and/or in the middle of answering a question. Also, do not intervene and answer their questions for them. These are examples of inappropriate behavior, which contribute to perpetuating the popular “fangirls/boys are immature” idea.

2. Private Schedules

(If any BTS member(s) or BTS themselves is/are seen in public)

Do:

  • Respect their personal lives, space, and privacy.

Do NOT:

  • Approach them. Let them spend their time without being interrupted.
  • Reveal their location on social media or anywhere else. It is an invasion of their privacy, and can attract unwanted attention, paparazzi, and sasaengs which could endanger their safety, especially if they are traveling without security.
  • Insist or follow the member(s) around and ask for a photo or an autograph.
  • Photograph them without their consent.

3. Airport

(BTS either leaving, or coming back from official or unofficial schedules at the airport)

Different countries may have different rules, but All For ARMY discourages ARMY from going to the airport when BTS lands in any country.

Do:

  • Respect their personal space and privacy, as the members will be tired and jetlagged from the flight. Wanting to give BTS a warm welcome is understandable; however, large crowds of people going to the airport increases the risk of mobbing. This could disturb both BTS and regular passengers, and make it difficult for the airport staff to operate.
  • Keep a safe distance from them if you happen to be in the same airport as the members at the same time.

Do NOT:

  • Purposefully board the same flight as BTS. Obtaining information about their flight schedules through illegal means, purchasing private information, and bribing airport staff are all considered crimes and invasions of their privacy.
  • This also applies to private schedules, which fans should NOT know about to begin with. If you come across people sharing this information, please report them to Big Hit.
  • Attempt to mob or touch the members.
  • Spread any airport photos or videos that were taken by individuals other than the media outlets that have received explicit permission from Big Hit to be present at the airport.

TIP: Keep in mind that the members’ physical and mental well-being is always more important than HD photos.

Online

1. Responding to Official Posts

(Under BTS’ social media accounts)

Do:

  • Be respectful.
  • Focus on the member(s) who posted or is/are online.
  • Spread love and positivity.

Do NOT:

  • Ask for other group(s), member(s), or make any comparisons. It is disrespectful and promotes unhealthy competition.
  • Order the members on what or what not to do. Remember, YOU ARE A FAN. You can encourage them and give them appropriate advice when asked; however, they are adults with full control of their own lives and have the final say over their own actions.
  • Psychoanalyze the members or objectify them. Making assumptions about their personalities by analyzing specific situations for your own enjoyment and/or to fit your own narratives is an example of inappropriate behavior. ARMY should understand the differences between reality and fiction, and avoid holding them up to impossible standards. BTS are humans too.
  • Make inappropriate, insensitive, or offensive jokes. Jokes at the expense of members that mishandle intimate and/or sensitive topics about BTS, or that perpetuate harmful ideas should always be avoided.
  • Spam BTS’ official accounts if you have any complaints when it comes to content involving BTS. As long as the matter satisfies the requirements, contact Big Hit through email. Do not abuse this line of communication.

2. Interacting with People Online

    a. Within the ARMY Fandom
    Do:
    • Be kind, and mindful of your words. There are bound to be disagreements; however, being respectful of others’ opinions is a must in order to maintain peace within the fandom. We share common interests and have common goals; thus, unity is important. 
      However, if, for whatever reason, you are not fond of a certain ARMY, it is best that you stop engaging with that said individual and either mute or block.
    • Feel free to unleash your creative and playful side as long as it is not at the expense of others.
    • Report sasaeng behavior. If you see this type of content being shared online, report the user to Big Hit immediately. Report the content on the platform shared as well and then block if desired. 
      Sasaengs are not considered ARMY no matter how they may justify their actions. Warn other ARMY to not engage with sasaengs.
    Do NOT:
    • Make assumptions based on rumors, unconfirmed sources, footages, or pictures unless the information was provided and/or confirmed by Big Hit or the members themselves. Avoid assuming when you do not have clear and complete information.
      • Do not blow things out of proportion. Due to our fandom’s size and the popularity of BTS, anything we do can attract unwanted media attention, possibly leading to negative coverage; therefore, spreading unconfirmed information and trending hashtags about the issue can be harmful.
      • If it must be talked about, remember to censor names (example: All For ARMY = “A** F*r A*MY” or “A11 F0r @/RMY”) and/or discuss privately in direct messages or ARMY group chats.
    • Interact with akgaes (악성개인팬). They are NOT considered a part of the fandom. ARMY loves and supports all 7 members of BTS. If you come across such accounts, REPORT AND BLOCK. Avoid any engagement with the individual.
      • Having a bias is not the same as being a solo stan. You can be “biased” or inclined towards one or more members and still love and respect the other members.
    • Interact with “manager antis,” “mantis,” or “manager ARMY” if you would like to avoid toxicity. Doubting and disagreeing with some decisions made by BTS and Big Hit is understandable; however, going beyond that can be considered as inappropriate behavior.
    • Encourage or defend fansites that go too far and exhibit sasaeng-like behavior. The members’ physical and mental well-being is always more important than the pictures they provide.
    • Send harmful direct messages, death threats, and/or rude comments under someone’s posts due to disagreements with something they have said or done. If the issue is serious enough, you may address it maturely, or report and block the individual.
    TIP: Monitor your follow list. Who are you following, and why are you following them? Are they enhancing your social media experience or are they bringing negativity to your feed? Are you following them just because of their following, or because they post content of your preference?
    b. Outside the ARMY Fandom
      I. Antis, Haters, Trolls, etc.
      Do:
      • REPORT AND BLOCK haters if you see them on social media. Haters and antis post negative information to gain attention. By engaging with them, you are giving them exactly what they want — a reaction.
      • Contact Big Hit if the situation gets out of hand and the toxicity continues to the point where rumors are circulating and articles are being written. At this point, a case of defamation could be filed. We insist that you do the same should you come across any organized projects to sabotage BTS. Most importantly, please contact Big Hit immediately if you see threats to the members’ physical and/or mental well-being.
      • Be aware that there have been real and proven cases where antis or trolls disguised their accounts as ARMY and display “Fan-Co” behavior.
        • If you come across a supposed “ARMY” displaying Fan-Co behavior, check their social media account for past posts or tweets, likes, date of creation, following, followers, or when they joined the platform for confirmation. If there seems to be nothing wrong with the account but they are posting hateful content, it is still strongly advised that you report and block immediately.
      • You may try and educate those who seem to be speaking out of ignorance respectfully and calmly. Choose your words carefully.
        Sometimes, haters will refuse to listen to anything being said because they are extremely prejudiced and are not looking to change their opinions. In that case, it is best to report and block.
      Do NOT:
      • Engage with haters, antis, trolls etc.
      • Spam a person who seems to be insulting BTS either because they are prejudiced, misinformed or simply ignorant. This results in the individual receiving more attention.
        Information on reporting and blocking is provided here.
      • TIP: The 3 steps to deal with haters – I.R.B.
        1. IGNORE – Yes, it is very tempting to reply to haters with a lot of comments, but it’s best to ignore them!
        2. REPORT – Report the account!
        3. BLOCK – Block out the negativity!
      II. With Other Fandoms and Locals
      Do:
      • Respect their interests.
      • Help maintain a good image of our fandom and BTS.
      • Use logic and facts to state your opinion maturely.
      • Be composed and get your points across respectfully.
      Do NOT:
      • Shame them for what they like.
      • Use personal attacks, examples being their appearance, color, age, family, and so on, against them.
      • Attack people for simply showing their disinterest in BTS. We, ARMY, should keep in mind that BTS will not be to everyone’s taste.
      • Send harmful direct messages, death threats, and/or rude comments under their posts even if they have said something problematic. Report and block instead.
      • Promote BTS or spam fancams under unrelated posts or hashtags. It is disrespectful and invites others to attack both ARMY and BTS.
      • Make yourself the representative for all ARMY or speak on behalf of other ARMY if you want to express your love for other artists while streaming or trending hashtags. Other ARMY may not appreciate the assumption that everyone in the fandom has the same interests or opinions as you.
        • In order to avoid confrontation, do not use fandom-specific behaviors associated with BTS with other groups and/or fandoms, and vice versa.
          For example, some groups have specific phrases used between them and their fans. These phrases can be important and may have a deeper meaning to other groups and their fandoms, so using them outside of that fandom is bound to make someone upset.
      • Let others make you feel guilty for liking what you like. It is perfectly fine if you are a “multi” or only like BTS. You have every right to stan whomever you want!
      • Engage if you have nothing respectful or comforting to say. For instance, if something tragic, such as death, illness, accident, etc., happens. Please keep out of it.
        There have been instances of some “K-Pop fans,” more likely trolls, posting K-Pop fancams and stating that “If they stanned [insert name], they wouldn’t have died or been injured” whenever a serious incident involving other public figures takes place. Do NOT imitate these actions! It is extremely disrespectful and invites wrath and hate.
      • TIP: Remember that individual fans do not represent a group, artist, or their fandom!
      III. With People Who Are Not Aware of BTS and Are Interested to Know More
      Do:
      • Be polite, and use respectful language when introducing them to BTS.
      • Ask them about their preferences in music, and recommend BTS songs accordingly. If they are interested, do the same for music videos and performances.
      • Mention BTS’ message, content, and some of their histories briefly and directly. You may also mention how they incorporate literary and cultural references in their work, what their songs are about, and so on.
      • Mention BTS’ and ARMY’s charity works. For example, the UNICEF campaign and their speech at the United Nations. Present their achievements if asked.
      Do NOT:
      • Repeat information that other ARMY have already provided. Always read the comments before adding to the conversation. You can like comments which you think are particularly helpful instead.
      • Insult them or force BTS content onto them. It will only make them angry. If they have preconceived notions and are insulting you or BTS, do not turn it into a fight. Stop engaging, and report and block if desired.
    c. With Mainstream Media – News Outlets, Radio Stations, Magazines, etc.
      I. How to React to News Outlets, Magazines or Interviewers Asking for Promotion?
      Articles are often being written about BTS, radio stations are mentioning them, and sometimes, they are interviewed. How to best engage when media outlets release BTS related content?
      Do:
      • Always read and/or watch the content they wish to promote so that you do not end up promoting anything that may be offensive or harmful to BTS’ image.
      Do NOT:
      • Promote content where the interviewer is rude, condescending, and/or prejudiced towards either BTS or ARMY. Also, content that includes offensive comments based on rumors, assumptions, misinformation, or that is discriminatory in any way should not be spread.
      • TIP: Read the comment section under the official post before clicking the article. ARMY usually mention the journalist or interviewer in the comments and if the article has any issues.
      II. What if Mainstream Media Outlets Publish Content that Harms BTS?
      Sometimes mainstream media outlets release articles, interviews, or news reports about BTS that are rude, condescending, prejudiced, defamatory, or contain false information. What is best to do if this happens?
      Do:
      • Address and educate with maturity. You have every right to confront them, and by educating them, similar situations can be avoided in the future.
      • Feel free to try and clear up any misinformation that may occur if it continues to be spreading on a large scale and people are believing it, or if tabloids are releasing official articles based on factless rumors and lies. You can report this to Big Hit and also file complaints by contacting the outlet that published the content by email.
      Do NOT:
      • Perform personal attacks, send them direct messages or send the writer rude comments or death threats. You can still express your displeasure and confront them for their unprofessionalism while retaining the fandom’s image.
      TIP: Many ARMY accounts provide screenshots or transcriptions of articles and videos. If you hear about a negative article or video and want to check it out for yourself, but without directly engaging or giving it attention, try searching for those accounts.
      III. How Do You Engage With Radio Stations and Radio DJs?
      While some artists do radio campaigns themselves and others have the push of their recording labels, artists like BTS do not have the backing of a huge western entertainment company beyond a distribution deal. They currently have no confirmed radio deals, do not sing primarily in English, and are of a different nationality and ethnicity which puts them at a huge disadvantage when it comes to radio play. While many radio stations and DJs simply do not want to play BTS music, there are also radio world politics such as “payola” and “gatekeeping.”
      For these reasons, ARMY have continuously done their best to promote BTS. We understand how frustrating and rare it is to get radio stations to play BTS songs when songs by Western artists are played so easily and constantly; however, we need to keep certain points in mind while requesting radio play.
      Do:
      • Show the stations and DJs that there is a huge demand for BTS by doing the following:
        • Stream and Shazam BTS songs.
        • Request BTS songs through social media by voting on polls posted by the stations and calling the stations during request times.
        • Tune into the radio channel whenever there is a programmed playing of a BTS song.
        • Even if the stations ignore the demand we demonstrate, keep streaming and Shazam-ing BTS songs.
      • Thank the DJs and stations for playing BTS on their social media accounts.
      • Stop engaging and block the DJ if they present rude, prejudiced, or condescending behavior towards either BTS or ARMY. If you deem it necessary, confront them without being vulgar.
      • You may stop engaging and block the radio station(s) if they request engagement (e.g. follows, retweets, etc.) to play BTS songs and do not keep their promise(s).
      Do NOT:
      • Insult, threaten or be rude to DJs.
    d. With With Public Figures, Celebrities, and Internet Personas
      If celebrities, public figures, or online personas mention BTS:
      Do:
      • Be excited! Learning that a well-known celebrity or a prominent online persona has mentioned BTS can make you proud, especially if said person is someone you admire. It also means that BTS’ name has been promoted to a whole new circle of people, which might give them positive attention if the mention itself is positive.
      • Repost, share, like and comment if the mention is positive. Always remember to be polite.
      • Avoid engaging with them or their fanbase if the mention is negative. They likely just want ARMY’s attention. If they blatantly made racist or condescending remarks, then report and block.
      Do NOT:
      • Automatically assume that they are “clout-chasers.” Many celebrities have their own presence in the industry and do not need BTS to promote themselves. It is unfair to assume every single mention is used to get attention, as this assumption is disrespectful to both the celebrity and BTS themselves.
      • However, there are indeed some individuals who are ingenuine about their interest in BTS. Therefore, it is good to sharpen your discernment skills and remember not to give attention to everyone who mentions BTS. Keep in mind that being verified simply means the account is authentic; it is not an endorsement, indicator of superiority, or the authenticity of the person behind the account. If you are not sure how genuine they are, it is best simply not to engage.
      • Immediately assume that each mention is hinting at a collaboration, should it be from another artist, producer or a songwriter. Avoid spamming them with questions about collaborations. Again, if, for whatever reason, you are not fond of the said individual, you do not have to engage.

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