Just months after dropping Map of the Soul: 7 in February, BTS is already moving onto their next project, Map of the Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~. The album, which is coming this summer, will mark BTS' first full-length Japanese record in two years. Similar to BTS' previous Japanese projects, Journey will include a mixture of old and new tracks. After hearing the news, fans wondered if the album would be available outside of Japan. In case you're also curious about whether you can pre-order BTS' Map Of The Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~ album in the U.S., here's what you need to know.
Since debuting in 2013, BTS has released three full-length Japanese records: Wake Up (2014), Youth (2016), and Face Yourself (2018). Considering each one dropped within two years of each other, fans had a strong feeling they would get BTS' fourth Japanese-language album in 2020.
On March 26, Billboard Japan reported BTS will be releasing a new Japanese single "Stay Gold," which will be part of their next Japanese album coming this summer.
Big Hit Entertainment stayed mum on the project, so fans waited in anticipation until they received confirmation about BTS' new album from the group's agency themselves.
On May 7, Big Hit finally confirmed fans can expect Map Of The Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~ on July 15 with pre-orders beginning on May 8. Since BTS usually sells out everything in their inventory, fans scrambled to find information on how to pre-order the album so they wouldn't miss out on getting it. They turned to Weverse Shop, aka, the home of BTS' merchandise, but realized the store only offered the album to be shipped to South Korean and Japanese addresses only. Some fans suspect the lack of global shipping was due to shipping restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Thankfully, all they had to do was wait a little bit longer because, as of June 15, the album became available to pre-order on all digital retailers, including Target, Walmart, Amazon, Weverse Shop (USA), Barnes & Noble, and more. Target is even offering a buy two, get one free deal until it sells out, so fans interested in purchasing Journey should act fast.
Find links to pre-order the album below.
The only caveat is that MOTS: 7 - The Journey won't begin shipping in the U.S. until August 7, a few weeks after the album drops in Japan.
But the good news is that before Journey drops on July 14, fans will get to hear BTS' new Japanese single "Stay Gold" on Friday, June 19.
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