On Nov. 20, BTS will make their second 2020 comeback with BE. The group hasn't revealed much about the record, besides the fact it's their "most BTS-esque" one yet, which has made fans even more curious to find out what surprises the guys have in store. Most of all, fans have been wondering about the tracklist and whether BTS' BE album will have sub-units. After looking through all the teasers they've shared so far, ARMYs came up with a few ideas for potential sub-units. But the day before BE’s release, Big Hit Entertainment cleared up which theories were true and which weren’t.
The first place fans looked for clues was BTS' Map of the Soul ON:E concert VCRs. Since BTS is notorious for hiding easter eggs and other clues in their VCRs, like title tracks and album titles, ARMYs thought it was a perfect place to start. One of the most interesting clips premiered right before J-Hope's "Ego" performance. The video showed the members split into three groups, and fans had a feeling they could be the sub-units on BE: V and RM; Jin, Suga, and Jimin; and J-Hope and Jungkook.
ARMYs also remembered something V said during BTS' May 11 YouTube log that backed up their theory. Apparently, V mentioned he was working on a song and he needed a rapper to join him, so he asked RM. With this in mind, the VCR might have hinted that the collab happened after all.
In case that was wrong, ARMYs also had another idea. On Monday, Oct. 19, Big Hit Entertainment shared the first BE concept photo, and fans had a lot of thoughts about what secrets might be hidden within it. ARMYs found the guys' sitting positions interesting, thinking it potentially revealed which members were teaming up next.
Jimin and Jungkook were on chairs, Suga and J-Hope were on the floor, and Jin, V, and RM were on the couch. This lined up with the "one rapper and two vocals, two vocals, two rappers" line BTS said during their May 11 YouTube log as well.
As it turns out, fans were wrong because on Nov. 19, Big Hit announced “Fly To My Room” will see Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, and V teaming up, marking the quartet’s first sub-unit track together. Meanwhile, RM, Jin, and Jungkook will collaborate for the first time as a trio on “Stay.”
The company also revealed BE’s lead single, “Life Goes On,” has an alternative hip hop sound with “sentimental acoustic guitar sounds” mixed in. “The lyrics echo a comforting message that in the face of unexpected turns and abrupt disruption: ‘Life goes on.’ Anyone who has been through 2020 can easily relate to this song delivered through BTS’ emotional voice,” Big Hit explained.
They also confirmed “Blue & Grey” is a pop ballad, “Telepathy” features a funky rhythm, and “Dis-ease” is an old-school hip hop track.
While fans were wrong about the sub-units, they were right about “Skit” featuring the members’ conversations after they found out they topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “Dynamite.”
ARMYs can’t wait to hear BE because they know all the songs will be bops!
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