The First Asia BTS Act that Exceeds 5 Billion Streaming on Spotify
BTS’s new album, MAP OF THE SOUL: PERSONA, captured more than 3 million pre-orders, and the music video for the main single “Boy With Luv” was on track to set a record for the impressive number of shows. Given all these successes, one might assume that the seven members of the group knew no sadness. The album’s prominent song, “HOME,” projects images of luxury without weights. If you associate with the English lyrics of the song, you will be forgiven for thinking this is a song about showing off wealth and having fun in one place. But despite talk of “big cars” and “shining with flashin lights”, BTS found themselves unsatisfied. “The more I fill the void I get / the more I am with people, the more I feel alone,” said Jimin in the pre-chorus. Suddenly, the shiny song feels like a facade.
As a spokesperson for South Korea in general, BTS is undoubtedly faced with a number of insurmountable pressures to represent their country gracefully. Last year, RM BTS leader released a solo single that signaled his conflicting feelings about such a position. The song, however, is outwardly melancholy – in stark contrast to the sparkling belief that it seems that “HOME” appears.
In a certain sense, “HOME” represents their current situation; while most of the world will find this to be a comfortable R & B song, BTS saves invisible pain. They talk about wanting to spend time with lovers and how this person makes them feel rich – at home. At the end of the song, they were in front of this lover, finally finding comfort. While BTS fans have seen the message of those who are socially conscious for hope and inspiration, K-pop groups who are at the top of the charts make it clear that they also need comfort from others, even though they are literally the biggest band in the world today, they still human.