BTS is back. The question is, which world record will they break this time?
The K-pop boy band phenomenon has announced its comeback this month with a digital single release on 21 August, a prelude to a new album to come in the latter half of the year. Titled 'Dynamite', the revealation of the single's name sent fans rejoicing about their explosive comeback that awaits.
#BTS #방탄소년단 Dynamite#BTS_Dynamite pic.twitter.com/WDY81B8vNO— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) August 2, 2020
Earlier last month, BTS unveiled their Japanese album Map of the Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~, hence fans did not expect a new release to arrive this quickly.
Announced by their label Big Hit Entertainment, the upcoming single will be their first English language song sung by all members, making the comeback especially meaningful to their huge global fanbase.
new single: august 21st!! pic.twitter.com/lNGyaNKEng— 「 claire ⁷ 」 (@btstranslation7) July 26, 2020
#BTS #방탄소년단 Dynamite Promotion Schedule#BTS_Dynamite pic.twitter.com/XhdUMnktwY— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) August 4, 2020
"As COVID-19 continues, it is a very difficult time around the world, and we wanted to revitalize fans," said BTS on their Naver V LIVE broadcast yesterday.
The boys also hinted that the new song would be as highly anticipated as the likes of their previous single 'Mic Drop', which was remixed by Steve Aoki, and their other collaboration with Aoki 'Waste It On Me'.
BTS ARMY were overjoyed to hear the news of the confirmed comeback, as it put an end to their endless speculations about a comeback in August. Upon seeing a tweet from a Smeraldo flower shop account, which is the flower that has been featured in BTS' comebacks since 2017, fans started to theorise that BTS would be making a comeback at the end of August.
BTS COMEBACK AT THE END OF AUGUST CONFIRMED pic.twitter.com/A20GEBdTlu— 모니⁷ (@outrovantee) July 10, 2020
Going deeper, they found that Smeraldo translates to 'emerald' in Italian, drawing an implicit connection to Emerald City from The Wizard of Oz. Some fans even theorized that the comeback would coincide with The Wizard of Oz's movie release date on 25 August.
It’s the exact same blog posted years ago with the ‘end of august’ hint. And the Smeraldo shop really did open on August 25th in Jamsil when BTS open their LY world tour.— 𝒜 ⁷ 🐹 🌙✨ (@JlNSONYEONDAN) July 10, 2020
SO AUGUST 25th AGAIN THIS YEAR?? BTW WIZARD OF OZ RELEASE DATE WAS ALSO ON AUGUST 25th https://t.co/Szw4ALme1F pic.twitter.com/hx30ORm1ZC
If the world is short of detectives, we sure know that BTS ARMY have aplenty.
no one— leya⁷ ⟭⟬ (@kookiejungggg) July 26, 2020
not even a single soul
smart armys after smeraldo is posting smth: pic.twitter.com/HZKELDILb1
Countdown to the new single here:
The countdown begins now. Stay tuned for updates! https://t.co/TMBzNTIkSk // @bts_bighit // #BTS pic.twitter.com/BcI82XTJot— Sony Music (@sonymusic) July 27, 2020
Earlier today, sales for the limited edition vinyl and casette of 'Dynamite' were announced.
BTS limited edition vinyl and cassette featuring the upcoming single "Dynamite" is available for pre-order now! #BTS_Dynamite // https://t.co/ucwutiNc5h pic.twitter.com/BMl1tX8HFl— The Orchard (@orchtweets) August 3, 2020
BTS will also be performing 'Dynamite' at their first MTV Video Music Awards, which are set to air live on 30 August at 7AM (TH/ID Standard Time) or 8AM (SG/MY/PH Standard Time)
On 10 August, BTS released their first teaser photos of the individual members:
#BTS #방탄소년단 #BTS_Dynamite Teaser Photo pic.twitter.com/aRheuHoYbt— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) August 10, 2020
On 12 August, BTS released their first group teaser image:
#BTS #방탄소년단 #BTS_Dynamite Group Teaser Photo 1 pic.twitter.com/dAuYl7q3cj— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) August 12, 2020
Watch the music video teaser of 'Dynamite':
Watch the music video of 'Dynamite' which premiered on 21 August:
Cover image credit: BTS Official Facebook
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