Jimin’s In Charge of the Music As BTS Gets Set to Self-Produce Their Next Album

BTS, the world-renowned K-pop band, has been lying low, just like other artists and groups, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The beloved boy band is considered to be one of the most successful groups of all time, with several top-selling albums and multiple best-selling world tours under their collective belts.

While fans everywhere are longing to see what new surprises are in store from BTS, the group recently opened up about their plans for their next album, and how they are going about planning for the next phase in their career.

BTS is a best-selling K-pop group

Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, V, Jin, and SUGA
Jimin, Jungkook, RM, J-Hope, V, Jin, and SUGA of the K-pop boy band BTS | Cindy Ord/WireImage

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BTS was formed in Seoul in 2010. The group is composed of members J-Hope, Suga, Jimin, RM, V, Jungkook, and Jin. For the first few years that the band was together, they worked hard on perfecting their stage presence, their style, their sound, and all the other elements that are so vital to K-pop groups.

Finally, in early 2013, BTS released their first debut single album, 2 Cool 4 Skool. The band gained traction in South Korea pretty quickly, and enjoyed particular success with the younger generation, who found themselves able to relate to BTS’ use of social metaphors and messages of love and responsibility.

After several years of success in South Korea and other international markets, BTS made the move to the United States. They enjoyed a massive fan reception from music lovers stateside and quickly became the most popular K-pop group ever to grace the U.S.

Their concert tours sold out in minutes, while their fan groups grew exponentially as the weeks went on. In the past several years, BTS has been breaking records left and right, and is now widely considered to be one of the biggest groups in the world. 

How did coronavirus affect BTS’ plans?

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused most artists to cancel their concert tour plans. Many of them are connecting with fans on social media, performing impromptu live concerts and chatting with their supporters. BTS has been doing something similar, and although the group’s members are hunkered down, they have still been hopping on social media from time to time.

The group was supposed to be launching their “Map of the World” tour over the summer, hitting arenas all over the world, from the United States to London — however, coronavirus had other plans and the group was forced to reschedule their highly-anticipated tour. Still, they are still thinking to the future and all the great things that are in store for their fan “A.R.M.Y.”

What’s next for BTS?

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According to the South China Morning Post, BTS member Jimin opened up about what the group is planning next.

“As our team’s production of a new album has been assigned independently to ourselves, we named the project managers, and I was put in charge of music,” he revealed in a YouTube video. “As the project manager, I would outline how the band members want to carry out (the music producing), what style of music they want, how they want it to be organized, as well as which member would go best (with which music) and share them with the management agency.” 

The live album will be something completely new for BTS, but a welcome change, according to RM in the same video: “As many concerts have been postponed or canceled in the prolonging of the coronavirus situation, we have reached a conclusion that we should try a new thing.”

Not only would the live album be new and original for BTS, it would also be their first self-produced album. Their big announcement is just another sign that the K-pop group is breaking the mold in every way possible.