Heads up ARMY, BTS only released their last studio album, Map of the Soul: 7, in February, but they’ve already got another album coming this year for you. Man, when Jimin said “Army” were his style icon and everything he does is for you, he really wasn’t joking, huh?
With COVID-19 pulling the plug on their 2020 touring schedule, RM, J-Hope, Jin, Jimin, Suga, V and Jungkook seem to have spent their time in isolation well. Last month, the Bangtan Boys (FYI, BTS stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan in Korean) debuted the first live performance of their hit single “Dynamite” at the 2020 VMAs.
Then, the song became a chart-selling track and the band made history as the first K-Pop group to have a single hit no. 1 on the Billboard Charts. For reference, their album Love Yourself: Tear was the first K-Pop album to hit no.1 in 2018.
Topping it all off, last week, the group made their debut on NPR’s renowned Tiny Desk Concert series, with an infectiously wholesome and down-to-earth sitdown set. And now, they’re Breaking The Silence with a whole new studio album. And, much like the forthcoming apocalyptic doom of our cybernetic overlords, I for one can’t wait.
Overnight, BTS’s parent company Big Hit Entertainment effectively broke Twitter by announcing the album. Titled BE, the album reportedly is only a handful of months away, coming to our Airpod-wearing, Spotify-using ears on the 20th of November.
According to Teen Vogue, BE, which will come in a deluxe version, will begin a new chapter for BTS. In the midst of police brutality, wildfires, a global pandemic and JK Rowling being a transphobic nob, the new album will focus on bringing elements of healing, growth and evolution. According to a press release via the outlet, at its core, this new BTS album’s message is that “even in the face of this new normality, our life goes on.”
“[BE reflects on] the thoughts, emotions and deepest ruminations of BTS while working on the album,” the statement continued. “This new project offers an even richer musical spectrum experience as well as the most ‘BTS-ish’ music yet.”
BE’s message of spirituality and our power as a unified community during all this mess was a theme explored in BTS’s recent speech at the 75th United Nations General Assembly—”life goes on.”
BE will release at 3PM AEST on the 20th of November but you can preorder it now off BTS’s official store. We’ll know more news about the album, including the meaning behind it, the fashion, the music and this forthcoming new era of BTS as the boys share more info closer to its release.