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BTS performs onstage during the KIIS FM's iHeartRadio Jingle Ball at in 2019. Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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2020 Was The Year Of Dancing By Ourselves

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BE is the fifth Korean-language studio album from BTS (seen here performing in 2019). Noam Galai/Getty Images hide caption

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Chairman and CEO Bang Si-hyuk, center, photographed Oct. 15, 2020, the day his company, Big Hit Entertainment, debuted on the Korea Exchange in Seoul. To his left, Jiwon Park, Big Hit CEO of HQ & Management; right, Lenzo Yoon Big CEO of Global & Business. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Maria Sherman's new book gives critical consideration to a too-often maligned phenomenon within pop music: the boy band. Alex Fine/Courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal hide caption

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A New Book Traces The History Of Boy Bands, The Pop Phenomenon 'Larger Than Life'

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Map of the Soul: 7, the latest album from the K-pop band BTS, is among our picks for the week's best new releases. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 9 Albums Out On Feb. 21

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The K-Pop Group BTS visits The Empire State Building on May 21, 2019 Steven Ferdman/Getty Images for ESB hide caption

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The 2010s: The Globalization Of Music

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BTS's Love Yourself: Tear, one of the most anticipated albums of 2018, is out today. Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic hide caption

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New Music Friday: 6 Albums You Need To Hear Today

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