BTS has launched a brand new single aimed on the Japanese market simply as information got here out that the Korean band made gross sales historical past within the area.
“Stay Gold” is BTS’ focus single off the group’s forthcoming Japanese-language album Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~. The comforting observe opens with youngest member Jungkook softly cooing, “In a world where you feel cold, you gotta stay gold, baby” earlier than the verse’s bouncy hip-hop beat and refrain’ power-pop manufacturing. Like a number of the gems of BTS’ previous discography, the tune is a comforting pop blanket with its scaling, surging hook encouraging listeners to “stay gold” delivers some empowering phrases when many want it.
The launch of “Stay Gold” comes simply as BTS made main gross sales and chart historical past in Japan, the second-largest music business on this planet behind the United States.
On June 19, Japanese music chart Oricon revealed it’s mid-year gross sales statistics sharing that BTS had topped its general album-sales rankings for the primary half of 2020. That feat comes because of the group’s newest Okay-pop album Map of the Soul: 7 that has bought 429,000 copies in Japan since its February launch, in line with Oricon.
While the feat is spectacular for BTS, Oricon additionally shared that this marks the primary time in 36 years overseas artist has topped their albums chart for the primary half within the 12 months. The final artist to perform this was none apart from Michael Jackson, who managed to take action together with his iconic, mega-selling Thriller album in 1984. It’s additional notable as Japan has a really wholesome album and document business notably for its native artists with bodily albums and DVDs nonetheless main sources of revenues for artists and labels.
The Oricon information and “Stay Gold” all come forward of BTS’ Map of the Soul: 7 ~The Journey~ album that shall be launched in Japan and digitally worldwide on July 14. There shall be a CD model accessible within the U.S. on August 7. The album will embody new unique songs (together with the beforehand launched “Lights”) in addition to Japanese remakes of previous Korean singles (like their Billboard chart hits “On,” Boy With Luv,” “Fake Love,” “Idol,” “Make It Right” and extra).