BTS announce new album in Japanese

South Korean boy band BTS at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards early this year in Los Angeles. (AFP pic)

SEOUL: After topping the charts with their latest Korean album, BTS have announced their first full-length in Japanese in over two years, “Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey.”

“Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey” will feature Japanese versions of songs from the septet’s latest Korean album, “Map of the Soul: 7,” which sold an astonishing 4.17 million units since its release in February.

Among them are hit songs like “ON,” “‘Black Swan”, “Make It Right”, Dionysus” and “Boy with Luv”, whose accompanying video featuring Halsey notably smashed YouTube’s record for most views in 24 hours at the time of its release.

The much-anticipated “Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey” will also include two new original Japanese songs, respectively entitled “Your Eyes Tell” and “Stay Gold.”

According to an announcement on the website of BTS’s official Japanese fan club, “Stay Gold” will be revealed to the public on June 19.

The upcoming single is set to appear in the soundtrack of Japanese TV series “The Spiral Labyrinth-DNA Science Investigation,” whose premiere has been put on hold due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, “Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey” will be available on digital platforms on July 14, and physical editions of the album will be available as soon as August 7 in the United States.

BTS’s management company, Big Hit Entertainment, has announced four limited-edition versions of “Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey,” which fans of the K-pop band in the US and in South Korean can already pre-order on their Weverse shop.

Two of them will come with a DVD featuring the accompanying visuals for “Stay Gold” and seven other “Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey” cuts, along with behind-the-scenes footage of the album’s photoshoots.

While gearing up for the release of “Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey,” BTS member Suga has debuted his sophomore solo mixtape, “D-2,” at No. 11 on the Billboard 200, which is a position that no other South Korean solo musician has ever reached on the tally.

Additionally, the commercial success of “D-2” has turned Suga into the fifth South Korean musical act, solo or group, to chart an album inside the coveted top 20 on the Billboard 200.