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The most powerful speech at the United Nations wasn’t actually from a world leader, but from a KPop band named BTS. It’s not the first time the genre has managed to make waves politically. USA TODAY

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Happy six years to BTS!

The world-famous boy band from South Korea is celebrating its anniversary with the fans who made them superstars. They've come a long way since members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook kick-started their career on June 13, 2013, with the song “No More Dream” from debut album "2 Cool 4 Skool.".

In the last six years, they have topped charts around the world, broken records, spoken to the United Nations General Assembly about a campaign to ensure young people's voices are heard, performed sold-out tours, were invited to become members of the Recording Academy and released more than 100 songs.

Since last week, members of the K-pop super-group have been releasing various content leading up to their anniversary, such as solo song "This Night" by Jin and a piano version of Jungkook’s song “Euphoria,” along with new summer jam "Dream Glow," a Charli XCX collaboration that is part of their new mobile game soundtrack. 

The hashtag #6YearsWithOurHomeBTS began trending as the clock clicked past midnight in South Korea on Wednesday, and BTS' fans, or Army as they are called, have been celebrating the band with tweets of gratitude and well-wishes. 

Tweeter @xCeleste___ said, "You've inspired all of us & brought millions of people together regardless of age & background." 

@iSwoonforJoon tweeted, "Your love and humbleness has always given us strength. We'll always love being your wings and your home." And @amandarachlee said simply, "thank you for everything."  

User @ikran may have summed up most users' thoughts by saying simply, "from 2013 til forever."

The members of BTS returned the love, posting their thanks to all their fans. Jimin shared a sweet, emotional video of moments from their tour, along with the caption, "Thank you for congratulating us on Bangtan’s birthday. I prepared a small gift too." 

BTS debuted with a small record label, without much pull in the K-pop industry, and the band once had to hand out fliers to get people to attend their free concerts.

Today, BTS are international sensations who continue to make waves. Their latest release, “Map of the Soul: Persona,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in April, their third album to do so.

Over the last six years, BTS have leveraged their fame to boost their profile beyond music, as their genuine connection with Army has continued to set them apart.

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