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BTS shines on the world stage with ‘Boy with Luv’

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BTS have made a stunning comeback with the release of ‘Map of the Soul: Persona‘ and the title track ‘Boy with Luv’ featuring Halsey.

For those of us who have been following BTS since their debut, we know what they are capable of, however, facing a release that the world is waiting on, is just a little bit confronting. It was with a sense of heightened anticipation and trepidation that we listened to this song when it was released.

Boy with Luv‘ is different from the releases that we’ve seen of late from BTS, this song is an upbeat, funk/pop, disco-laden track that is fun and irresistible. The vocal feel that has cemented their previous hits is on full display in this track – it’s airy and breezy and the vocal layering Then there’s the rap line, as reliable as ever, blowing us all away while steering the song back in on itself.

The song grooves along on a base of bright woozy synths and rhythm guitar. It is sleek and seductive – the hook will hook you immediately. The song breaks down into three distinct sections – the first part is taken care of by the vocal line of Jimin, V, Jin and Jungkook. That leads into the second part with features the rap line of Suga, J-Hope and RM, and then Halsey arrives. (Check out the album version to hear more of her vocal than you get in the MV.)

The accompanying music video stays true to the message contained in the song. It creates a light and brightly coloured scene full of retro looks from bright pink jackets, feathered blazers, and fedoras. They move through various sets including a movie theatre, a diner and a giant keyboard, all while delivering stunning visuals and a level of choreography that we have come to expect from them.

It ends with a stroll down memory lane as brightly-lit Broadway-style marquees display the names of their past albums. Halsey appears throughout the clip, and even joins in with the choreography of the song. The clip ends with the septet shouting something, which is believed to be the song’s title, before the final repetition of the phrase, ‘Than a boy with luv‘.  

BTS ‘Boy with Luv’

Don’t forget our BTS ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’ giveaway. It’s open until May 13 and one lucky winner will receive a complete set of 
‘Map of the Soul: Persona’. To enter comment below and tell us in 25 words why you deserve to win the set.

BTS will be making their comeback appearance on SNL tonight, April 13 before undertaking their biggest tour to date ‘Love Yourself” Speak Yourself World Tour‘ which will include dates in the US, UK, Japan, Europe and Brazil.

What did you think of ‘Boy with Luv‘? Was it everything that you had hoped for? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Written and edited by Narelle

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