South Korean boy band BTS (RR: Bangtan Sonyeondan), popularly known as Bangtan Boys, was formed in 2010 and released their debut album, “Bangtan Boys,” in 2013. Co-writing and co-producing much of the group’s output is a significant part of the septet’s responsibilities. Originally a hip-hop group, they’ve expanded their sound to include a variety of other styles. A common topic in their lyrics is a personal and social reflection on issues such as mental health in school-age children and adolescent transitions. In addition, they usually make literary and psychological allusions in their work and incorporate an alternate universe plot line.
It was in 2014 that BTS launched their first studio albums in Korean and Japanese after making their 2013 debut with the single album 2 Cool 4 Skool. It was the group’s second studio album, Wings (2016), that sold one million copies in South Korea for the first time. 2017 marked the year in which BTS broke multiple sales records and became a household name throughout the world’s music industry.
In addition to becoming the first Korean act to reach No. 1 on the US Billboard 200 with their studio album Love Yourself: Tear, they received RIAA certification for their single “Mic Drop” (2018). For the first time in Korea’s music history, BTS’s Love Yourself: Answer (2018) was certified platinum by the RIAA, making them one of the few groups since the Beatles to have four US number-one albums in less than two years.
BTS’ J-Hope Announces Solo Album
The BTS ARMY, mark your calendars now! Big Hit announced the release date and track listing for J-debut Hope’s solo album and lead single on Saturday, June 25. Jack in the Box, according to Reverse, will be released on July 15, with the first single being released two weeks prior on July 1. According to the statement, “[J- Hope’s] desires to break the mold and progress further” are reflected in the album. In addition, “various content to show J-unique Hope’s personality as an artist will be unveiled” with the song, which has not yet been named.
On top of that, J-Hope announced the news on his Instagram account, where he posted a video beginning with a white J in the center of the screen and a bright checkered background. He only captioned the video, “‘Jack in the box,” with that phrase. Type first revealed in mid-June that J-Hope would be the first member of the group to release a solo project, and now the specifics have emerged. Before the end of the month, BTS also revealed that the septet will be taking a “short pause” so that J-Hope and the rest of the septet could focus on their own projects.
J-Hope will headline Lollapalooza’s main stage on July 31 in addition to releasing his debut solo album as a member of BTS on June 7. A South Korean artist will be performing on a big stage for the first time at a major American music festival. Doja Cat, who revealed in May that she would have to withdraw from the competition due to tonsil surgery, has been replaced by J-Hope.
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