The K-Pop megastars have been teasing the record over the last month, but never dropped an official advance single; when you can sell 2.68 million copies during a pre-sale, who needs advanced listens? What we did get were video previews, including band leader RM’s pure fire on “Persona” and a pair of short teasers for the Halsey collaboration “Boy with Luv”. The album’s other guest contributor, Ed Sheeran, appears on “Make It Right”.
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Map of the Soul takes inspiration from classical philosophical influences, with its title derived from from a collection of works by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung called Jung’s Map of the Soul. Track titles, too, make reference to heady concepts, like “Mikrokosmos”, which is Greek for “microcosm,” and “Jamais Vu”, a psychological term for the opposite of déjà vu.
“We find strength and happiness in every moment,” BTS said in a statement. “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.”
Map of the Soul comes one day before BTS make their big debut on Saturday Night Live. After the show, they’ll head out on their “Love Yourself: Speak Yourself” world tour, tickets for which can be found here.
BTS have also revealed their video for “Boy With Luv”, featuring Halsey:
Map of the Soul Persona Artwork:
Map of the Soul Persona Tracklist:
01. Intro: Persona
02. 작은 것들을 위한 시 (Boy with Luv) (feat. Halsey)
03. 소우주 (Mikrokosmos)
04. Make It Right
06. Jamais Vu