In a recent interview with Billboard, BTS revealed that they do not wish to continue singing in English. The Korean group released their first English single Dynamite last year, followed by Butter and Permission To Dance, this summer.
According to the report, not all of the members were too keen on singing in English with RM commenting that, “there was no alternative.” Big Hit president, Shin Young-Jae, on the other hand disagreed saying that, “I think it’s a testament to the band’s strengths, the way they can come to a friendly resolution and be mindful of the company’s needs.”
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Jin went on to support RM’s sentiments, saying that it was difficult to learn to sing in English given that the members of BTS all have different levels of comfort and familiarity with the language. “I had to erase everything in my head first,” Jin explained with RM going to double down on past statements that BTS shouldn’t give up on their Korean roots to have a broader mass market appeal. “I don’t think we could ever be part of the mainstream in the US, and I don’t want that either,” adding that he really just wants to see the group achieve their goal of a full American stadium tour.
Jin also went on to say that BTS doesn’t want HYBE, Big Hit’s parent company, to have the final say on the band’s career. He referred to the Korean group’s 2018 contract renewal and said “we ended up telling each other that because we worked so hard up to that point, let’s see how far we can go. I don’t know if I should say this, but [we said], ‘Screw the agency, screw everything. Let’s just put our faith in the members and the fans and start again.'”
The group had previously stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: “We don’t want to change our identity or our genuineness to get the number one,” RM explained. “Like if we sing suddenly in full English, and change all these other things, then that’s not BTS. We’ll do everything, we’ll try. But if we couldn’t get number one or number five, that’s okay.”