In the world of pre-teens and teenagers, K-pop (pop music from South Korea) has been hedging its way into the U.S. music scene for a couple of years. The album Love Yourself: Tear made the South Korean boy band BTS the first K-pop band to reach the top of Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The album sold 135,000 copies in the first week after its release in May of 2018. This was BTS’s second album to appear on Billboard’sTop 10. BTS combines a mix of Korean and English lyrics in their music, and the sound is typical of U.S. boy bands and pop music.
Unless your preteen speaks Korean, he or she isn’t going to be strongly impacted by BTS’s lyrics; the bits of English don’t say much. For example, “Fake Love,” from the album Love Yourself: Tear, basically says the following in English: “I’m sick of fake love. I wanna be a good man just for you. Now I don’t know me, who are you? Love you so bad. Love you so mad. Why you sad? I don’t know.” It’s safe to classify BTS alongside typical U.S. boy bands with their focus on love and relationships and base your use and recommendations for parents off of that.
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