Who Wrote BTS’ New Song ‘Life Goes On’?

BTS’ new album BE (Deluxe Edition) will be released on Nov. 20 along with the lead single “Life Goes On.” On Nov. 13 at midnight EST, Big Hit Entertainment revealed the songwriting credits for “Life Goes On,” and three BTS members are credited with co-writing the song.

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Three BTS members are credited for the song

On Nov. 13, Big Hit Entertainment shared details about “Life Goes On” on social media. According to the label, Pdogg is credited as a writer and the producer of the song. RM, Ruuth, Chris James, Antonina Armato, Suga, and J-Hope are credited as songwriters.

As a producer and writer, Pdogg has worked on multiple BTS songs in the past including “Black Swan,” “Blood Sweat & Tears,” “Boy with Luv,” “Dionysus,” “DNA,” “Don’t Leave Me,” “Fake Love,” “Home,” “Mic Drop,” “ON,” “Baepsae,” and “Spring Day.”

Armato is a well-known songwriter with multiple timeless hits that fans have grown up with, including “Potential Breakup Song” by Aly & AJ and “Bet On It” from High School Musical 2.

Of the seven BTS members, RM, Suga, and J-Hope are credited with co-writing “Life Goes On.” All three members are part of BTS’ rap line, have released mixtapes of their own, and have co-written multiple songs for BTS in the past.

What else we know about ‘Life Goes On’

Big Hit Entertainment first revealed the title of BTS’ lead single on Oct. 30. It was also announced that the Korean band will perform the song on Nov. 22 at the 2020 American Music Awards.

Over the past few months, the septet has been holding livestreams on YouTube where they give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the album-making process. On Sept. 22, the K-pop group streamed a video on the BANGTANTV YouTube channel that was dated for August 2020, and in the video they discussed filming the music video for the album’s lead single.

“It’s about ‘Life goes on,'” RM said in the YouTube video. “We can show that life goes on by showing how we live our everyday lives… We can include studio shots and of us getting on and off the car and going back home after work… Because the song itself says life goes on, no matter what.”

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In another YouTube Live on Oct. 21, Jungkook revealed that he filmed the song’s music video.

“This time for shooting the music video, I’ve taken on the role of the PM as I shot the music video,” Jungkook said. “So I’ve shot the music video and I’ve had discussions with the director and stuff and did all the process. And I’ve learned how hard that is. It was really hard.”

BTS are self-producing ‘BE (Deluxe Edition)’

In addition to showing ARMY a look at the album-making process, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V, and Jungkook are curating the album. A press release from Big Hit Entertainment says that BE (Deluxe Edition) shows the members’ “thoughts, emotions and deepest ruminations.”

According to the press release, the members were involved in the album’s “overall production: concept, composition, design, etc.” As a result, the album contains the “most ‘BTS-ish’ music yet.”

BE (Deluxe Edition) will be released at midnight EST on Nov. 20.