BTS drops new album ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’ with Ed Sheeran, Halsey collabs
While the already-popular track, Make it Right, was co-written and produced by Sheeran, 28, the seven-piece enlisted Halsey, 24, for the EP’s lead single, Boy with Luv.
Its release was paired with a vivid music video, which sees BTS on a colourful night out in the city, while Halsey sells tickets at a movie theatre.
“We find strength and happiness in every moment,” said the group in a statement, according to Pitchfork. “You’ve given us so much love and now we want to get to know our fans more.”
“We filled our album with our genuine feelings and the messages that we want to share with you,” they concluded.
As of this writing, Map of the Soul: Persona has topped the album charts on iTunes in the U.S.
Map of the Soul: Persona is expected to hit the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 in the next few weeks and retain its spot for at least a couple more.
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.
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.
The Save Me singers are known well for having an extremely loyal fanbase — the BTS Army — who have supported them since the group’s inception in 2013.
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In wake of the long-awaited release, the BTS Army has united over various social media platforms to share their excitement.
A plethora of different hashtags quickly began trending on Twitter, including: #MapOfTheSoulPersona, #BoyWithLuv, #PersonaWelcomeParty and #BTSComeback2019 among many others.
BTS is: Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook.
Map of the Soul: Persona is now available on all major streaming platforms, including Spotify.
Following the success of its hugely successful North American tour in 2018, BTS is expected to make a Canadian comeback at some point in 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. in May.
BTS’ tour kicks off at the Rose Bowl Stadium in L.A. for two shows on May 4 and 5.
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