Elton John Gave BTS’ New Song ‘Permission to Dance’ a Shout-Out on Twitter

On July 9, BTS released their new song “Permission to Dance” along with a music video for the single. With the song’s lyrics, the Korean band references Elton John, one of the most renowned singer-songwriters of all time. John caught wind of the new BTS song, and he gave “Permission to Dance” a shout-out on Twitter following its release.

A joined photo of Elton John and Jin, Jungkook, Jimin, V, Suga, J-Hope, and RM of BTS
(L-R) Elton John and BTS | Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for iHeartMedia; Big Hit Music

BTS released a new song called ‘Permission to Dance’

“Permission to Dance” was written by Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Johnny McDaid, and Jenna Andrews, and Mac, Stephen Kirk, and Andrews produced the track. A music video and digital version of “Permission to Dance” was released at midnight EDT on July 9.

The single was included as an additional song on BTS’ CD of their hit single “Butter,” which also dropped on July 9. The CD includes four tracks: “Butter,” “Permission to Dance,” “Butter (Instrumental),” and “Permission to Dance (Instrumental).”

In the music video for “Permission to Dance,” BTS wear denim and western-style clothes in a desert setting. Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook dance together as children, essential workers, and people around the world see purple balloons flying around as symbols of hope.

With the song, BTS encourage listeners to try and be happy whenever possible, especially amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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“I wanna dance / The music’s got me going / Ain’t nothing that can stop how we move, yeah / Let’s break our plans / And live just like we’re golden / And roll in like we’re dancing fools,” the band sings in the song’s chorus.

As the song progresses, people of all ages take off their masks and joyfully dance. At the end of the music video, BTS dance in celebration with a large crowd in the desert.

Elton John referenced BTS’ song on Twitter

Of course, a pop song would not be complete without a pop culture reference. In all three of BTS’ English-language singles, the band references a pop-culture legend. BTS mentioned Lebron James in their 2020 single “Dynamite,” referenced Usher in “Butter,” and included John in “Permission to Dance.”

In the first verse of “Permission to Dance,” RM sings, “It’s the thought of being young / When your heart’s just like a drum / Beating louder with no way to guard it / When it all seems like it’s wrong / Just sing along to Elton John / And to that feeling, we’re just getting started.”

On July 10, John posted about “Permission to Dance” on Twitter, playfully changing the original lyrics of the song.

“When it all seems like it’s right, I sing along to @bts_bighit#PermissionToDance,” the famous singer tweeted.

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BTS will perform ‘Permission to Dance’ on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’

For fans wanting to see new performances of “Butter” and “Permission to Dance,” the wait will not be long. On July 13 and July 14, BTS will appear on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. For their upcoming appearance, the septet will perform “Permission to Dance” and “Butter” as the talk show’s musical guest.