K-Pop's BTS marks year of the pandemic with 'BE' album, and single 'Life Goes On'

BTS is at the forefront of South Korean pop music and has helped build a global fan base for K-pop since their debut in 2013.
BTS is at the forefront of South Korean pop music and has helped build a global fan base for K-pop since their debut in 2013.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

SEOUL - South Korean mega band BTS released their latest album BE on Nov 20 and will perform the new single Life Goes On remotely for the 2020 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov 22), the group's music label said.

The band's fifth Korean-language studio album debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes Top Albums charts in 90 countries, including the United States and Britain, according to their management agency Bit Hit Entertainment.

The seven-member boy band is at the forefront of South Korean pop music and has helped build a global fan base for K-pop since their debut in 2013.

This year, BTS notched their first ever Number One hit single on the Billboard charts in the United States with Dynamite, which is also among the eight tracks on the new album.

Group leader and rapper RM said the group's next goal is to be nominated for a Grammy award. Nominations will be announced on Nov 24.

"We are nervous, but looking forward to the nomination," RM told a news conference. Jin, one of the lead singers, said the album BE reflected a year that has been both tragic and fortunate for the band, describing the success of Dynamite in the United States as" beyond our expectations".

J-Hope said: "I dare to hope that we can be nominated and receive an award in a group-related category." He added that he would "cry" if the band receives a prize.

Suga, another rapper in the band, was unable to attend the press conference as he recently had shoulder surgery. Management company Big Hit Entertainment said it was uncertain whether the BTS performance of Life Goes On for the American Music Awards would be live or pre-recorded.

BTS will perform live in South Korea on Dec 31, their first concert since cancelling a world tour in April due to the pandemic.

The eldest at 27 years, Jin is required to sign up for mandatory military service by the end of next year, and he said all the band's members intended to serve.

Big Hit Entertainment's share price rose by up as much as 7.2 per cent on Friday (Nov 20), before paring gains to stand 3.9 per cent higher than Thursday's (Nov 19) close on the Seoul stock market.