Jimin took to social media on Tuesday (June 16) to reflect on the success of Festa 2020 and give fans an update on BTS’ forthcoming new album.
“I’m sincerely grateful for our seventh anniversary,” the K-pop idol said during a solo YouTube livestream. “I’m so grateful that you’ve made it so we could make it to our seventh anniversary. I wanted to say that to you for sure. We were shaking hands and hugging each other. We talked about things like how if we hadn’t all renewed our contracts, we wouldn’t have been able to keep seeing each other starting three days ago, and we thanked each other for working so hard and vowed to work harder in the future.
“Thank you so much for supporting us and being by our side over the past seven years,” he continued, wearing a face mask, black baseball cap and gray shirt for the chat. “We’re going to keep being here like this, so all you have to do is enjoy it so that you can smile and be happy, as you do now and have in the past. I hope that it will be like that and you won’t go through any hard times. We’re going to all be here together so that can happen. Thank you so much.”
Jimin also dished on the progress of the K-pop group’s forthcoming ninth studio album, for which he’s serving as the project manager. “Lately we’re all meeting to have discussions so we can make the album. The last time, we talked a lot about whether such-and-such a topic or idea would be good,” the BTS member revealed, explaining that the concept of the upcoming LP has been decided and that each of his band mates has been hard at work writing songs. “Since I’m the PM, I put all the songs the members wrote together and sent them to the agency…I also sent in a few songs, but I think mine won’t make it, because the members have sent in so many great songs.”
While no release date has been confirmed by Big Hit Entertainment, the new album will serve as a follow-up to 2020’s Map of the Soul: 7, which featured hit singles “Black Swan” and “On,” as well as the band’s recently-announced Japanese-language LP, Map of the Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~. (Announced during this year’s Festa, the latter is set to be released on July 15.)
Check out Jimin’s message to ARMY — including his thoughts on the recent Bang Bang Con Live — below. (English translations provided by Soompi.)