BTS released their first full-length English song in 2020. Starting with their song named “Dynamite”, BTS English songs became a big hit worldwide, and they have become a superstar that everyone knows.
In this article, we will introduce in detail some reasons why BTS has started singing English songs recently, predicting the influence of English songs on their popularity, the language of BTS songs in the future, and many more.
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How Many Full-length English Songs Did BTS has Released?
BTS has released three full-length English original songs so far as today.
- Permission to Dance
However, in fact, prior to these three songs, BTS participated in the full-length English songs.
That is the collaboration song “Waste It On Me” with Steve Aoki.
This song was released featuring BTS, but it was not revealed which among the members participated, and fans say that only Namjoon, Jimin, and Jungkook are participating in the song.
Since it was a song that BTS participated in as a feature, “Dynamite” is said to be the first full-length English song for BTS, and if this collaboration song is included, all four songs have been released.
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Why Does BTS have Many English Songs?
BTS has released as many as 3 English songs in the past years. They were thought to have been particular about singing in Korean, so some fans are confused by the sudden full-length English songs.
In an interview in 2019, Namjoon revealed that it’s their dream to be included in the Billboard HOT100 or be a Grammy Candidate. However, he emphasized that this is just one of their dreams and they don’t want to change their identity in the first place. They believed that if they suddenly sing English songs, it was not BTS.
After reading such an answer we know y’all are wondering why BTS, who was talking about not singing English songs, started making songs like such in the first place.
In the midst of a global pandemic, “Dynamite” was born when BTS first thought about what we could do and what was the best thing to do.
They say they never thought of singing in English, just as no one imagined this situation.
Also, in an interview in 2021, they told people “In what language we sing like in the old days is not so important, we have to go beyond it. So, to play music, the language, and theme there are no lines, boundaries, or restrictions.”
However, it is said that some of them are releasing English songs with an eye on American billboards and Grammys. The HOT100 chart takes into account not only the number of CDs sold, downloaded, and streamed, but also the number of times it was broadcast on the radio.
This is because singing English songs has the advantage of making it easier to enter the charts, as US radio tends not to play foreign language songs very often. From these facts, we think that there is certainly the aim of leaving a grade, but it is also true that BTS wants to deliver hope through music first.
It seems that English songs are increasing to reach more people, regardless of language to encourage fans all over the world.
As proof of that, BTS member says that their “Permission to Dance” is the end of the English trilogy, and there is a high possibility that they will return to Korean songs in their future comebacks.
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How Do You Pronounce BTS English Songs?
For BTS, where all the members were born and raised in South Korea, It’s no wonder that full-length English songs were a challenge with a high hurdle.
Among them, Namjoon and Jungkook are said to sound particularly beautiful. The reason why it sounds good is that the mouth is moderately weak and the pronunciation peculiar to English and the reproducibility of sounds that are difficult to hear unless you are a native speaker are high.
On the other hand, it seems that the other members also had a hard time with the pronunciation part that is not in Korean, but if you listen carefully, you can see their detailed efforts.
For example, “Get it, let it roll” in “Dynamite” is “Get it, let it roll” in the text. However, when you listen to the song, you can hear that they sing “Gerille Rilloru“, and by using the linking technique that connects the letters before and after it, it is closer to the native pronunciation.
You can also hear the lyrics, so I think BTS members have doubled it efforts and practiced with a lot of awareness of pronunciation.
BTS Becomes a World-class Star with English Songs
BTS has gained even more explosive popularity, but let’s see how influential English songs were.
In their very first full-length English song Dynamite, they won the top spot for the first time as a Korean singer on the billboard HOT 100.
It seems that Dynamite was the 20th song that won 1st place on the chart for the first time and kept the top position for 2 consecutive weeks. About a year later, “Butter” was ranked first in HOT 100 for seven consecutive weeks, and the following week, Permission to Dance took over.
By singing these English songs, It really felt like it was a perfect opportunity to jump over K-POP lovers and acquire fans from the general public, including Japan and other countries.
If BTS decides to continue releasing English songs in the future, they will indeed be popular with the general public.
Also, since the winners of the Grammy Awards, which unfortunately missed the award last year, will be decided by the votes of the members, it seems that the possibility of winning will increase by trying again with English songs rather than Korean.