South Korean Megastars BTS Release a New Hit


Kristina Dawkins, Staff Writer

BTS is at it again with chart-topping singles and a record breaking album. The Bangtan boys have finally released their highly anticipated album “Love Yourself” on September 18, after liberating the track list on September 12 for the world to fan-girl over. As expected, the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. 

The Bangtan Boy Scouts, also known as BTS, have had a fruitful year so far. Debuting in 2013, the group of 7, consisting of members Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, J-Hope, Jin, and leader Rap Monster, have and continue to mesmerize the world with their catchy tunes and quirky personalities.  

An avid K-pop listener and BTS fan, 10th grader Mehr Singh has always had an eye for the next best tune. When introduced to the South Korean phenomenon, she couldn’t help but fall in love. She raves about the lyrics being “more meaningful” than those one may traditionally encounter in the western side of the world. This can be attested to through the personal and romantic lyrics of her most beloved song Hold Me Tight, from the 2015 album “The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1.” Singh, like many others, can’t help but be drawn to the aura of the K-POP scene. 

With this current album being their 3rd this year, BTS has cast a spell upon the music scene on a global scale. Many stars such as Charlie XCX and the Chainsmokers, have come out in support of the boys, along with bolstering the possibility of future collaborations. The new album “Love Yourself” has landed itself in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top 200 charts; breaking their own record from the previous album, “Wings.” The Bangtan fan base, mainly known as ARMY, have aided the boys greatly in their rise to global domination. The fans have once again broken another record with over 1 million pre-sale orders of the album. Many fans such as 10th grader Shannell Matthews have openly raved and promoted the most recent album, gushing that her favorite song is Pied Piper, a common favorite of many. BTS, “speaking for the youth” as Matthews says, strives to shine a light on social issues and mental disorders through their lyrics, while still making the tunes playful and cute. It’s music for the generation. One can only expect the best from and for the loyal, and growing, K-POP fandom.  

You can stream “Love Yourself,” along with previous BTS hits on most digital music and video suppliers.