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No song makes this more clear than Map of the Soul : Persona’s sparkly lead single, “ Boy With Luv” featuring Halsey , a favorite to hit No.1.
But members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook subvert what a foreign boy band trying to get on American airwaves would be expected to do.
The song features live instruments and not machine-generated sounds expected of the “K-pop factory.” And even in a song that is meant to be especially appealing to a wider audience, BTS’ lyrics speak to fans directly.
Its title suggests a follow-up to their intense 2014 teen anthem “Boy In Luv, ” about the confusion of young love that seems out of reach.
They sing that their most successful moments (described as “the sea”), would feel like a desert without their fans and loved ones.
Map of the Soul : Persona closes with “Dionysus” (the indulgent, Greek “masked god” of wine), which feels like BTS’ most extravagant persona of them all.
It’s an airy, twinkling pop anthem made for stadium encores, much like Love Yourself: Answer ’s “ Answer: Love Myself.
Nobody has been nearly as crucial to the championing of BTS as ARMY has, and in the end, Map of the Soul : Persona is a gift for the fans.
” and Love Yourself: Tear’s “Magic Shop, ” Map of the Soul : Persona’s most poignant ARMY-dedicated song is smooth R&B track “HOME,” a metaphor for the comfort they find in the love from their fans.
The only people in their way of climbing higher are themselves.