March 11, 2019 3:30 pm

K-Pop band BTS announces new album ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’

Worldwide sensations BTS showed up at the 2019 Grammy Awards in dark suits and jumped for the cameras.


The world’s most popular K-Pop band, BTS, has just released its plans for a brand-new album.

Map of the Soul: Persona was revealed via Twitter on Monday morning by the seven-piece band’s management company, Big Hit Entertainment.

Throughout its career, the Seoul-based group has released six albums altogether — three in Korean, their native tongue, and an additional three in Japanese.

Map of the Soul: Persona serves officially as BTS’ seventh studio album since its inception in 2013.

The album can be preordered through Big Hit Entertainment’s official website. It is scheduled for an April 12 release.

BTS performs onstage during the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on Nov. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles, Calif.

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BTS exploded onto the North American scene in 2018 following the release of its third studio album, Love Yourself: Tear. The album received critical acclaim and included a number of original hit pop ballads, such as Fake Love.

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Shortly after the group’s introduction to western audiences, BTS announced a widely successful North American tour that saw the group play three sold-out Canadian arena shows in Hamilton.

BTS was then invited to the 2019 Grammy Awards. They were asked to present the award for Best R&B Album, which was won by H.E.R. for the singer’s self-titled debut album.

All of the group’s members were in attendance: Jimin, V, RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope and Jungkook. They collectively charmed the audience with their matching black suits.

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In the wake of the new album news, an army of loyal BTS followers swarmed Twitter with messages of love, gratitude and excitement.

Ahead of the album’s preorder, a number of other young followers expressed concern for their wallets and bank accounts.

BTS backstage during the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif.

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Following the success of its hugely successful North American tour in 2018, BTS is expected to make a comeback in Canada at some point within the next year.

Before hitting various countries throughout Europe, Asia and South America this summer, the group is currently scheduled to take its Love Yourself/Speak Yourself tour to the U.S. this spring.

BTS’ tour kicks off at the Rose Bowl Stadium in L.A. for two shows on May 4 and 5.

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