The announcement was made at an online press conference that was live-streamed via YouTube and the Big Hit Labels channel. The live stream kicked off with a cutesy video of the band members filing past and checking themselves in a mirror.
That led in to an in-person press conference from Korea – with band member Suga missing. He was said to be recovering from a recent procedure.
RM said that the album had been planned before the release of hit single “Dynamite” and that it was made over a period of several months. The album was made in “a collaborative process with fans,” RM said. “We all learned how to use new cameras.”
“The name ‘Be’ is verb, it is a very open concept,” said Jimin, who took on the role of music project manager. “In our discussions ‘life goes on’ came up as a recurring idea.”
Pre-orders for the new album began on Sept. 28. It was previously announced that the album’s lead single would be “Life Goes On” and that the track would have its first performance at the American Music Awards on Nov. 22.
It has been a busy year for the group, despite the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic, which curtailed their concert tour. Recent single “Dynamite” reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
“The pandemic unexpectedly put a lot of our original plans to a halt. However it provided us an opportunity to step back and focus on ourselves as well as our music. We reflected the emotions that we felt during this unprecedented period into this album. We were also able to take a step further by taking roles in overall production, such as concept development, composition and visual design,” BTS band member Jimin told Rolling Stone India.
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