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"Beyond the Story: 10-Year Record of BTS" (비욘드 더 스토리) is a biographical book about South Korean boy band BTS. It was released on July 9, 2023, coinciding with ARMY Day, being published in 23 languages.[1]


  1. SEOUL (서울)
  2. WHY WE EXIST (존재의 이유)
  3. LOVE, HATE, ARMY (사랑, 증오, 아미)
  4. INSIDE OUT (인사이드 아웃)
  6. THE WORLD OF BTS (방탄소년단의 세계)
  7. WE ARE (우리)


It was pointed out that June 13, 2023, is the 10th anniversary of the release of BTS' first single, "No More Dream", from their debut album "2 COOL 4 SKOOL". Additionally, July 9, 2023, marked the 10th anniversary of the ARMY. On May 11, 2023, The New York Times, citing Flatiron, confirmed the book about history of BTS, written by the journalist Kang Myeong-seok and members of the group, and translated into English by Anton Hur and published by Big Hit Music.[2]



In early May 2023, the book appeared on pre-order lists of booksellers, though with scant information. The book's U.S. publisher, Flatiron Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, titled it "4C Untitled Flatiron Nonfiction Summer 2023", described it as a "biography or autobiography" and numbering 544 pages. Later, a message sent by Flatiron to booksellers was posted on social media; more details on the book were to be revealed on June 13, ahead of its publication date on July 9, and that the book has an initial print run of 1 million copies.

The limited information released drove fan discussions on social media about the author and subject of the book. Some noted the book's unusual release date, July 9, falls on a Sunday, when most books are traditionally released on Tuesdays. Others predicted that the book's massive initial print run of 1 million and short period of time between announcement and publication suggests a famous author.


In particular, fans of American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift speculated that the book is her memoir. Swift frequently alluded to the number 13 as her lucky number, and fans believed that the date of June 13 and the fact that the book's page count of 544 adds up to 13 are easter eggs alluding to her involvement. Furthermore, fans also believed that the date of July 9 is a reference to the song "Last Kiss" on her third studio album Speak Now, and that Swift had left clues in her announcement of the re-recorded version, Speak Now (Taylor's Version).[3]


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