Celebs we lost in 2021

A huge number of famous faces have passed away this year

Charlie Watts (died August 24th, aged 80)

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Credit: Poiseon Bild & Text / Flickr

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Charlie Watts, who achieved international fame as the drummer of the rock band The Rolling Stones, died at a London hospital on August 24th at the age of 80. According to his publicist Bernard Doherty, Watt “passed away peacefully … surrounded by his family.”

One of the greatest drummers of his generation, Watts was respected worldwide for his muscular, swinging style. He joined the band early in 1963 and remained for nearly 60 years, ranking just behind Mick Jagger and Keith Richards as the group’s longest lasting member. Watts was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989 and into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones in 2004.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”