BTS Concept Photo, Version O / Photograph = BigHit Entertainment

In the midst of much anticipation from their worldwide fans, BTS returned with a new album on May 18. The group put on a live performance of their new song “Fake Love” at the Billboard Music Awards (BBMA) – one of the top three music awards shows in the US –  and are scheduled to appear on an upcoming episode of NBC’s The Ellen Degeneres Show. 

Some of the songs on BTS’s third Korean LP, Love Yourself: Tear, include the album’s title track “Fake Love,” a song featuring Steve Aoki called “The Untold Truth,” and “Airplane Pt. 2” – a continuation of a song titled “Airplane” from J-Hope’s solo mixtape.

The world television premiere for “Fake Love” took place on the 21st (KST) at the 2018 BBMAs in Las Vegas. Billboard hyped up the comeback performance via its official YouTube page on the 15th by uploading a teaser clip that showed a portion of “Fake Love.” For the second year in a row, BTS beat out Justin Bieber and other famous pop stars to take home the award for Top Social Artist.  

Along with the awards ceremony, BTS is scheduled to appear on local radio shows and TV programs. The group stopped by Radio Disney on the 17th and will be going on The Ellen Degeneres Show after the BBMAs to give another performance of their new song.

BTS at Incheon International Airport on May 14 prior to their departure for the US. / Photograph = Cho Jun-won @wizard333

The fans in the US were definitely ready to welcome BTS. Within 24 hours of Love Yourself: Tear becoming available on Amazon for pre-order, it shot to No. 1 on Amazon’s best sellers list for CDs and vinyl. Prior to BTS’s comeback performance, Billboard posted a slew of articles with titles such as “5 Things to Know About BTS’ ‘Love Yourself: Tear’ Album,” “A Full Timeline of BTS in America,” “How to Get Into BTS: A Primer for ARMY Recruits,” and “How BTS Took Over the World: A Timeline of the Group’s Biggest Career Moments.”

BTS will be going on a world tour for their new album which will take the boys to 11 different cities. There are currently 22 shows scheduled to take place in Seoul, US, Canada, UK, Netherlands, Germany, and France. Additional shows are expected to be scheduled in other regions in Asia, Central and South America, and Oceania.

The response of the fans in Korea has been just as enthusiastic. The Love Yourself: Tear album recorded 1.44 million units in pre-order sales in Korea within the first 6 days of its pre-order period. As BTS’s best-selling pre-order release to date, Love Yourself: Tear sold about 400,000 more units in pre-order sales than Love Yourself: Her, which was released in September 2017.

On May 24 at 8:30 p.m., Mnet will be airing the BTS COMEBACK SHOW, which will feature performances of BTS’s new title track “Fake Love” and the other songs from their new album. A special video will also be aired on the show. BTS COMEBACK SHOW was pre-recorded in front of a live audience made up of 750 fans at CJ E&M’s Ilsan studio.

Translated by Jennifer Earwood