Jin, Suck, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook have more and more hits. And some of them are entirely in English and no longer in Korean, for example Dynamite. Aside from the fact that the members of BTS are not fans of singing entirely in a language other than their own. RM and Jin who are part of the K-pop group opened up to it. So will they sing in English again or will they only release Korean singles?
BTS: RM didn’t want to sing in English at first
The Bangtan Boys, better known as BTS, didn’t want to sing in English at the beginning. And maybe they even stop making hits in English and prefer to sing in their native language: Korean. However, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook hit the bull’s eye with their songs completely in English! First with Dynamite, which broke a record and took first place in the American Billboard ranking. Then with the singles Butter (which broke a record on YouTube) and Permission to Dance. So why stop English and go back to Korean?
The K-pop group from South Korea spoke about it in Billboard magazine. “They didn’t all agree that English was a good idea,” the point of sale wrote. “RM wasn’t overly excited about the idea, although it recognizes that it was a crucial way to keep the buzz going during the pandemic,” said Billboard. “There was no alternative,” added RM. The singer, who is part of BTS, clarified, “I don’t think we can ever join mainstream American pop music, and neither can I. Our ultimate goal is to take a huge tour of the stadiums there. But that’s it. ”
BTS: Jin also found singing in English “unnatural”
And RM isn’t the only BTS member who doesn’t like singing songs entirely in English. Jin confessed that singing in English seemed “completely unnatural” to him at first. In order to learn how to pronounce the words well in English, he even stated that he wrote the guide’s pronunciation in Korean characters. “The English I learned in class was so different from the English in songs.” Jin said, “I had to erase everything in my head first.”
As early as 2019, BTS, which published a collaboration with FILA, told Entertainment Weekly: “We don’t want to change our identity or our authenticity in order to get a number 1. If we suddenly start singing entirely in English and change other things, ”it would no longer be a BTS. ”
South Korea’s president sees K-pop singers as ambassadors for their country (and therefore their language)
In late July 2021, President Moon Jae-in appointed BTS as the President’s Special Envoy for Future Generations and Culture. Since then, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook even have diplomatic passports. “We expect that BTS will make a major contribution to increasing our country’s reputation as a leading nation in the post-Covid era,” said a press release from the president. Suddenly, South Korea sees BTS artists as ambassadors for the country and the language (you can also learn Korean thanks to BTS and a web series).
But Shin Young-Jae, president of Big Hit Entertainment (now Hybe) label, doesn’t want BTS to give up English in their songs. For him, singing in English is “a testament to their strength, to the way in which they can find an amicable solution and take into account the needs of society”. And probably a way to make more money too.