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BTS ARMY!!!!! Grab your army bomb, your comfort BT21 pillow and load up your favorite reaction gif’s on Pinterest because a new BTS album is on its way. The album is titled BE and it is slated for a November 20th global release. Although the Deluxe album version of BE is available to pre-order now, it already has nearly 300 five-star ratings. Get ready to put your non-related BTS decorations into a storage space, because the new album will make a beautiful addition to your BTS album collection. Coming off the success of “Dynamite,” BTS’ summer track which has propelled them to more astonishing heights of popularity (it hasn’t left the Billboard Hot 100 Chart once since its debut in August), their dedicated Army are eager to see what new music they have in store.
In the wake of main rapper, Suga’s, shoulder surgery, which will primarily exclude him from this comeback, and the global pandemic that has halted their global tour and live performances, there is some anxiety surrounding the release of BE. However, BTS, along with many musicians, has continued to release new music as a way to help their fanbase heal and re-connect to them. BTS has been promoting BE with their standard promotional concept photos: these promo pictures have handed the creative reigns to each individual member, allowing them to cultivate a scenery for their individual concept photo which reflects their inner selves. Naturally, BTS fans have speculated how these pictures tie into the overall message of the album (and BTS themselves).
“The way that the BTS concept photos are following the seven principles of design is just so interesting to me… we analyze a lot of art in school, but this is another level,” Twitter user @Bakafetus wrote on November 4th, 2020.
Fans have connected the concept photos to the seven principles of design, or the rules an artist must follow to create a stable, balanced and complete piece of work. The principles include emphasis (RM), balance/alignment (V), contrast (Jimin), pattern (Jin), rhythm (Suga), movement (Jungkook), and unity (J-Hope). When combined in their group concept photo, they create a fully completed image. The seven principles of design theory haven’t been confirmed or denied but this wouldn’t be the first time BTS’ Army hit the nail on the head.
We all remember the fusion of psychologist Carl Jung and BTS’ previous albums Map of the Soul: Persona and Map of the Soul: Seven. Fans called that way before its release.
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On November 17th, 2020 they released a teaser trailer for the song “Life Goes On,” which feels appropriate at this time. The album tracks have been released and there will be eight new songs on the album:
- Life Goes On
- Fly to My Room
- Blue & Grey
A press release sent out by BigHit told fans that “Blue & Grey,” and “Stay,” along with chart-topping “Dynamite” are in English. This is not the first time K-Pop stars have made songs in English, and it won’t be the last.
“Each member [had] a significant share for this upcoming album. An increase of direct participation in the album-making process allowed us to explore more aspects of our music and creativity,” BTS told Teen Vogue in August. (1)