RM Says Writing and Performing BTS’ Song, ‘Dynamite,’ in English Felt Like Their ‘Destiny’

For one interview last year, BTS shared that they wouldn’t perform a song entirely in English. Now, their song “Dynamite” is completely in the foreign language (and topping the music charts, along the way.) What changed for this K-pop group? Here’s what RM said about BTS’ single for one interview. 

BTS released their song ‘Dynamite,’ featuring lyrics entirely in English

Social distancing is a little easier with new BTS music. Hot off the heels of single “Stay Gold” and the album, Map of the Soul: 7, the group released a retro, upbeat, and colorful music video. This is in conjunction with the song titled “Dynamite,” released during August 2020.

Although some of the members released English songs as solo artists, this is one of the first times they’re doing it as a group. Some songs did feature two languages, including “MIC Drop,” “Boy With Luv,” and “Make It Right.” Because this is a big milestone, RM commented on the change during one interview.

BTS performs at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards
BTS performs at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards | Todd Williamson/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Why is this song in English and not in Korean?

During an interview with USA TODAY the interviewer pointed out that BTS previously said performing a song fully in English wasn’t something they’d do. They didn’t want to change their identity or the “genuineness” of their music. 

So, with “Dynamite” written and performed entirely in English, what changed for this boy band? (Besides living in a pandemic, that is.)

“We never expected this song would come, you know, like even in fully English, like you said, but many things have changed and, you know during the process of making our album, which we’re going to release later this year, we just met this song like a destiny and when we first listened to the demo, the lyrics and the vibes and you know, everything was so perfect,” RM said.

The BTS ARMY shared their love for ‘Dynamite’

Of course, the song was well received by ARMYs across the globe. The music video for “Dynamite” broke yet another YouTube record, earning an estimated 10 million views in about 20 minutes. The song became a top trending topic on social media platforms like Twitter, and joined other BTS music on streaming platforms like Spotify. 

“I’ve been thinking a lot about the art we’ve all made in quarantine. Sure, we’re not all global pop stars like @BTS_twt, but a song like #Dynamite reminds me of how healing it’s been to create *something* during this time. It doesn’t have to mean anything to anyone but yourself,” one Twitter user said of the release.

The “Dynamite” music video is now available on YouTube. Music by BTS, including their recently released album, Map of the Soul: 7, is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major platforms.

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