(2nd LD) BTS’s J-Hope releases his first solo album

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SEOUL, July 15 (Yonhap) — J-Hope of K-pop supergroup BTS released their first official solo album on Friday.

“I tried my best to make this album to show you a new side that you haven’t seen until now and myself having grown more,” the dancer-rapper said in a YouTube video featuring the new album, calling it a result. of its many challenges.

“Jack in the Box,” which was uploaded to music services at 1 p.m., is also the first-ever official solo album by the septet, who recently announced a new chapter in their career focused on individual projects.

BTS had showcased its members’ musical talents through mixtapes, an unofficial album, and original soundtracks for various TV dramas. None of the members, however, had released official solo projects.

Big Hit Music, the band’s agency, stated that “Jack in the Box” is the name of a children’s toy in which a clown or jester pops out of the box when it is opened. The title represents J-Hope’s aspirations to break the mold and grow further, he added.

As J-Hope revealed a week ago, the album’s tracklist includes 10 songs: “Intro”, “Pandora’s Box”, “MORE”, “STOP”, “=”, “Music Box : Reflection”, “What if…”, “Safe zone”, “Future” and “Incendiary”.

“More”, the single released two weeks ago, and “Arson” represent the central message of the album as its two main tracks.

The album cover was designed by famous American pop artist KAWS, according to the agency.

J-Hope actually showed off his hidden musical talents in earnest throughout the album with his brutal rapping on “More,” an old-school hip-hop song that combines heavy drum beats and guitar tones to create dark and heavy soundscapes.

In “Arson”, the singer honestly expressed his thoughts.

“I wanted to put the song last, because it contains most of what I wanted to say through the album,” he said, adding that the song is about him standing at a crossroads in his career. after getting out of the box.

The music video for “Arson,” also released on Friday, begins with J-Hope staggering past burning cars, rapping.

“Leaving when there’s still applause is the style/Lighting the fire/It’s something I did for myself/Who knew the world would burst into flames/I see my marks after the things got cold/The fire is too big to put out, it was serious arson,” the lyrics read.

As J-Hope continues to move among the burnt-out cars in his equally blacked-out white jumpsuit, the camera shows his heart and cheeks are also on fire. It then ends with him lying on the ground, surrounded by a fire that spells out “Arson”.

The album will be available in a “Weverse Album” format, not a full-fledged physical album, on July 29. A Weverse album is a digital album that can be read after downloading the application of the same name and scanning the QR code.

J-Hope will headline the annual U.S. music festival Lollapalooza at Chicago’s Grant Park on July 31 (US time) for the first time as a K-pop idol singer.