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BTS’s First All-English Single Is a ’70s Homage With a 2020 Feel


BTS’s First All-English Single Is a ’70s Homage With a 2020 Feel

In homage to the legends of the 1970’s and in line with the disco-pop records of the moment, BTS have returned with a new single, “Dynamite.” The Korean idol group’s latest drop comes just 6 months (to the date) after the release of their seventh album Map Of The Soul: 7.

“Dynamite” joins the roster of disco-infused pop music that came out this summer, along with Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia and Lady Gaga’s Chromatica. The layered vocals, echo-y synth, and celebratory horns make this track a 2020 twist on a nostalgic 70’s sound, with verses full of sparkly references to the summer nights we missed out on and images evoking nostalgia: a teenager’s messy bedroom full of rock band posters and a record shop that feels like a candy shop. The music video itself feels like an old-school teen movie.

This new song, written by Dave Stewart and Jessica Agombar, is a sugary, energetic cousin to the group’s 2019 hit “Boy With Luv,” but it’s also a big departure from what we’ve come to expect from BTS. The most surface-level difference is that it’s the first all-English song performed by the full group. K-pop differs from western pop in that songs often fuse various sounds and genres within a single track. A seemingly standard pop song will surprise with multiple rap verses, dance breaks, and R&B riffs, so it’s novel to see BTS drop a dedicated pop track. Unusual or not, the track is a welcome summer wind-down.

BTS are set to perform “Dynamite” for the first time at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards.

Watch the music video here: