SEOUL (AP) — Okay-pop band BTS on Friday launched their extremely anticipated new album, which they described as a “letter of hope.”
The band held a socially distanced information convention in Seoul to unveil “BE,” their second album this yr. It contains their English-language hit “Dynamite,” which topped the Billboard Scorching 100 chart for the primary time ever for a South Korean group.
Dozens of Seoul-based journalists went by two temperature checks, a well being registry and a disinfectant spray earlier than getting into the venue amid a surge of coronavirus circumstances within the nation.
The band — composed of J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin and Jimin — stated they needed to ship “a letter of hope” that life goes on regardless of the uncertainties through the pandemic.
Jin stated he hopes folks can relate to the album’s feelings of vacancy and anxiousness and discover consolation within the shared emotions.
The band, which debuted in 2013, turned the largest boyband on this planet, promoting out stadiums worldwide and delivering a video message on the U.N. Common Meeting this yr.
Their songs, crammed with intimate, socially acutely aware lyrics, are credited for his or her success. In contrast to different Okay-pop bands that rigorously keep the personas created by their labels, BTS is understood for its lively engagement with followers — generally known as ARMY — by social media. BTS has over 30.8 million followers on Twitter.
RM stated the band had opened up the album-making course of for the primary time by sharing their ideas and work on social media. “We needed followers to really feel that we made this album collectively” through the pandemic, he stated.
Suga was absent from the information convention because of a shoulder damage.
The band additionally spoke about their upcoming navy service. There was a heated debate over whether or not they need to be exempted from South Korea’s two-year obligatory navy service for many able-bodied males, given the singers’ contribution to the nation. “We’re able to oblige every time the nation calls upon us,” Jin stated.
Requested about upcoming Grammy Award nominations on Nov. 25, J-Hope stated, “I dare to hope that we might be nominated and obtain an award in a group-related class.” He added that he would “cry” if the band receives a prize.
Regardless of the band’s business success, RM mirrored on the band’s and Okay-pop’s identification.
He puzzled whether or not topping the Billboard Scorching 100 chart with “Dynamite” meant that “Okay-pop has safely landed inside the realm of the mainstream American pop trade.”
“To what extent can (songs) be thought-about Okay-pop?” he requested. “When a Korean band like us sings a track in English, can this nonetheless be thought-about Okay-pop?”
He didn’t have a transparent reply however stated he hopes the band’s achievements can “open doorways for these exterior the mainstream” of the U.S. music trade.
“BE” is offered now.