Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Shi Hyuk has been included on Billboard’s 2020 list of “Power Players of the Year”!
On January 23 local time, Billboard released this year’s list of the industry’s most powerful figures, recognizing those who went above and beyond their job descriptions to “elevate the entire music business.”
In his third consecutive year on the list, Bang Shi Hyuk was included under the “management” sector. The Big Hit founder was lauded not only for BTS’s global success but also for his steps to diversify Big Hit Entertainment, such as TXT’s debut, the acquisition of Source Music, and the launch of the mobile game BTS WORLD.
In an interview, BigHit CEO Bang Shi Hyuk talked about BTS’s recent success and what he’d originally had in mind when he formed the group.
Bang Shi Hyuk revealed that he had envisioned BTS as an idol group that was both strong and relatable. He recalled, “I recently came across a company document from [2012,] the year before BTS debuted, in which we were debating what kind of idol group to create. It said, ‘What kind of hero is the youth of today looking for? Not someone who dogmatically preaches from above. Rather, it seems like they need a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.’”
“I didn’t want them to be false idols,” he explained. “I wanted to create a BTS that could become a close friend.”