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BTS agreed to start singing in English because there was "no alternative" during pandemic

27 August 2021, 15:52 | Written by Cerys Kenneally

Korean superstars BTS have confessed that they weren't too fond about singing in English, and only really agreed to it due to having "no alternative" to keep their hype going during the pandemic.

Prior to releasing a new remix of their second English single "Butter" featuring Megan Thee Stallion today (27 August), BTS spoke to Billboard and revealed that they're not actually too keen on singing in English.

So far they've released three English songs - "Dynamite", "Butter" and "Permission to Dance" - and RM told Billboard that he was never fond of the idea, but recognised it as a way to keep the hype up during the pandemic. He said, "There was no alternative".

Jin continued, "The English I learned in class was so different from the English in the song. I had to erase everything in my head first."

Shin Young-Jae, president of BTS’s label Big Hit Music added, "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."

Back in 2019, RM told Entertainment Weekly why they didn't want to switch from singing in Korean to fully English, "We don’t want to change our identity or our genuineness to get the number one. 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."

BTS' new remix of "Butter" featuring Megan Thee Stallion is out now.
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