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BTS Announces Hiatus To Focus On RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, And Jungkook's Solo Projects, Days After The Release Of 'Proof'
During their 2022 FESTA, BTS announced an indefinite hiatus from recording and performing to focus on solo projects — just days after releasing their first anthology album, 'Proof.' What does this mean for the K-pop group's future?
It was only four days ago that GRAMMY-nominated pop juggernauts BTS released Proof, a three-part anthology of key tracks, new songs, and previously unreleased rarities. But June 14 brought a shocker: The band would be embarking on an indefinite hiatus.
The news came during an hour-long FESTA dinner, during which members RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook broke bread together — laughing, teasing, and recalling their ascent to fame. It began with a simple prompt from Suga: "We have to talk about the direction we're taking."
"The group has definitely changed," RM said. "We have to accept that we've changed." He connected this observation to the slew of singles the group recorded during the pandemic: "After 'Butter' and 'Permission to Dance,' I didn't know what kind of group we were anymore."
And regarding the pressure cooker of the K-pop business, "They don't give you time to mature," RM added. "You have to keep producing music and keep doing something." But naturally, the conversation drifted to the engine that keeps BTS going: the ARMY.
"I think now we're starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans," JM said. "I think that's why we're going through a rough patch right now — we're trying to find our identity and that's an exhausting and long process."
The group was quick to note this isn't the end of BTS. As J-Hope stated, "I think that change is what we need right now. It's important for BTS to start our second chapter."
As a spokesperson for the group stated, despite the hiatus, "BTS will continue to be active in various different formats, including working on solo projects."
This isn't the first time BTS have taken a break; back in 2019, the group took a month-long break from the spotlight. In a statement from their management company, Big Hit Music (then Big Hit Entertainment), that break was an "opportunity for the members of BTS, who have relentlessly driven themselves towards their goal since their debut, to recharge and prepare to present themselves anew as musicians and creators."
Plus, in 2021, BTS took an "extended period of rest." As per Big Hit, this was so the group could become "re-inspired and recharge with creative energy."
Keep checking GRAMMY.com as more information arises about the BTS members' solo projects and collective future.
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BTS Release Stunning Music Video For 'Map Of The Soul: 7' Single "Black Swan"
The striking visual is the latest offering from the South Korean septet's chart-topping album
BTS are back with another stunning music video off their newly released, chart-topping album Map Of The Soul: 7. Today (March 4), the global pop superstars released the official music video for "Black Swan," the first single off the album.
Simple yet striking, the "Black Swan" video shows the South Korean septet deliver a gorgeous dance performance inside an equally beautiful theater. Directed by YongSeok Choi and co-directed by Guzza, both from the Lumpens creative collective, the visual depicts the members of BTS transforming from swans into the song's eponymous black swans onstage.
The "Black Swan" video follows the group's recent cinematic visual for Map Of The Soul: 7 single "ON," which last week (Feb. 28) broke YouTube's record for most views for a video premiere. Last month (Feb. 21), BTS released the Kinetic Manifesto Film: Come Prima, the first visual for "ON" that unfolds like a short film.
Released last month, Map Of The Soul: 7, BTS' fourth studio album, is breaking records around the world. Already the best-selling album of the year worldwide, the album topped the Billboard 200 chart, their fourth No. 1 album in the U.S., while lead single "ON" currently sits at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, marking their highest record on that chart to date.
In an interview with the Recording Academy last month, BTS explained their creative approach to Map Of The Soul: 7, which sees the group exploring everything from pop ballads to hip-hop jams.
"I think it's less and less meaningful to divide music into genres now," BTS member Suga said.
"The genre is BTS. That's the genre we want to make and the music that we want. New genre," the group's Jungkook, V and J-Hope added.
Map Of The Soul: 7 follows a dazzling performance from BTS at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last month. They joined Lil Nas X in a star-studded performance of "Old Town Road" that also featured Billy Ray Cyrus, Diplo and Mason Ramsey.
Map Of The Soul: 7 marks BTS' first full-length project since their 2018 album, Love Yourself: Tear, which topped the Billboard 200 chart and solidified the group as the first Korean act to accomplish that record-setting feat. It's also the second installment in BTS' ongoing Map Of The Soul series, which launched with the chart-topping Map of the Soul: Persona EP last April.
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62nd GRAMMYs Poll: Which Artist Had Your Favorite Red Carpet Look?
From Lizzo’s classic Hollywood gown to Ariana Grande’s puffy grey dress, who wore your favorite red carpet look?
The 62nd GRAMMYs red carpet didn’t disappoint. Every color, pattern, style and texture under the rainbow was represented.
Take, for example, Lizzo’s elegant white classic Hollywood-inspired gown or Lil Nas X’s hot pink cowboy suit. Shawn Mendes opted for a vibrant purple suit and Tyler, The Creator made a splash with a light pink bellboy outfit. Billie Eilish homed in on the color green for the evening while Yola rocked hot pink.
With so many great looks to see on Music’s Biggest Night, we wanted to know, which artist wore your favorite look?
Check out the complete 62nd GRAMMY Awards nominees and winners list here.
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Japanese Breakfast, Blackpink, Enhypen, Stray Kids, Mxmtoon & More | Listen To GRAMMY.com's AAPI Month 2022 Playlist
As we celebrate the contributions of AAPI artists throughout the month of May, GRAMMY.com presents a genre-spanning playlist of emerging and established artists you should know, including BTS, Jhené Aiko, B.I, TWICE, Arooj Aftab, and many more.
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) musicians have created a plethora of transformative art, which is ripe for exploration. To help you do it, GRAMMY.com has put together a 30-song list with music from AAPI musicians including Luna Li, Wallice, Weston Estate, Kainalu and OHYUNG, along with other AAPI artists you should know like Deb Never, Lucy Liyou and Sunset Rollercoaster. You may even find your new favorite artist along the way.
This playlist spans genres and moods, and its primary goal is to expose you to fantastic new AAPI artists you might not find in less curated places, like your motionless Spotify algorithm or crooning through your car radio. You can think of this playlist as a first-rate tasting menu of what AAPI-made music has to offer — something to turn to when you’re looking for solidarity, inspiration or just some really good music.
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Everything We Know About BTS' New 2022 Album 'Proof'
Later in 2022, BTS will release a three-part anthology of key tracks, new songs, and previously unreleased rarities. Here's everything to know about 'Proof.'
There's a new stirring in the fabric of the BTS universe — a big one.
On June 10, the GRAMMY-nominated pop juggernauts will release Proof, a collection of tracks from throughout their discography, as well as brand new tracks, never-before-heard demos and more.
Spanning three discs, Proof promises to celebrate the band's past, present and future through a lovingly curated song cycle. If members of the BTS Army ever wanted to hear demos of tracks like "Jump," I Need U" and "DNA" — as well as an a cappella version of Jungkook's "Still With You" — they're in luck.
In the wake of Proof's recently released tracklisting — featuring well-known tunes like "Dynamite" and "Butter" (and so much more), here's everything GRAMMY.com could find about the career-spanning compilation by a giant of 21st-century pop.
It's Called Proof, And It's Out June 10 Via Big Hit Music
That's according to the official press release.
It'll Contain A Wealth Of Treasures, Previously Unreleased Or Not
According to said press release: "The new album consists of three CDs that contain brand new tracks, members' selections, demo versions, unreleased tracks and more."
Proof Acts As A "Chronicle Of BTS"
The first disc begins with a remastered version of "Born Singer," from all the way back in 2013, which the press release describes as "BTS' candid emotions they felt after one month of their debut." The disc ends with the lead single "Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)."
The second disc consists of "15 solo and sub-unit tracks," beginning with the new track "Run BTS," and highlights each BTS member's distinct tastes and personality.
The third disc, only available on CD, is said to be "dedicated to the fans," featuring unreleased tracks and demo versions that any fan will eat up — as well as a new fan song, "For Youth."
The Album Celebrates Nine Years Of BTS
Can you believe it's been almost a decade? Yet it feels like the Bangtan Boys are just getting started.
BTS Initially Teased The Music Back In April
During their Permission To Dance Onstage concert in Las Vegas, BTS shared short clips with the text "We Are Bulletproof" and "2022. 06. 10." While this initially fueled speculation that a new album was coming, the release wound up materializing as Proof.
They Shared The Tracklist On Instagram
It's in the Highlights section of their Stories, where BTS also announced that "Yet to Come" will be the lead single.
They Released A Trailer, Too
See below — and watch this space as more details of Proof are unveiled!