BTS and Ed Sheeran: why this alliance will revolutionize the world of music

The first K-Pop song written by Ed Sheeran is “Make It Right”: the song is part of the new album by the Korean band BTS, “Map of the Soul: Persona” available in all stores and digital stores.

The announcement was made by Ed Sheeran himself through his Instagram profile on the day of the release of the K-pop band’s record album. The song’s official credits, in addition to the English artist, also include Fred Gibson, Benjy Gibson, Jo Hill, RM, SUGA, and j-hope.

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“Make It Right” is the second collaboration on the “Map of the Soul: Persona” album – which you can buy on Amazon here – after “Boy With Luv” sung by BTS along with Halsey.

BTS, also known as Bangtan Boys,  are a South Korean musical group formed in Seoul in 2013.

They are having a devastating success, both in the East and in the West, shaping the present of the music world and with enormous potential for the future. Everyone wants to take advantage of the golden moment of K-pop now.

The septet writes most of its pieces, and some headlines have indicated it as the reason for its success. In their music they have explored different themes, from school anxieties to mental health, from love to lose, to death.

On October 24, 2018, the President of South Korea conferred on the group the fifth-class Order of Cultural Merit (Hwa-gwan) for helping to spread Korean culture around the world.

RM

He is the leader and principal rapper of the group, under contract with Big Hit Entertainment. In 2015 he released his first RM mixtape and throughout his career has partnered with Korean and international artists such as Wale, Warren G, Gaeko, Krizz Kaliko, MFBTY and Primary. As the main producer and author of the BTS songs, he has been credited with more than a hundred songs by the Korea Music Copyright Association.

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Jin

Jin was noted for his appearance as he walked down the street. He was invited to an audition for Big Hit Entertainment while studying acting. On June 13, 2013, Jin debuted as one of four BTS singers with the song “No More Dream” from their debut single 2 Cool 4 Skool. Although he had already written songs, he co-produced for the first time a solo piece for the Wings album in 2016, entitled “Awake“, which reached the 31st place in the Gaon Music Chart and sixth in the Billboard World Digital Singles Chart. In December 2016, he published a Christmas version of “Awake” on SoundCloud.

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Suga

In 2016 Suga released his first mixtape and solo work Agust D. As the main producer and author of the BTS songs together with RM, he was credited with more than 70 songs by the Korea Music Copyright Association, including Suran’s “Wine” for which he won “Best Soul / R & B Track of the Year” at the 2017 Melon Music Awards.

BTS Suga

J-Hope

J-Hope participated in the composition of several songs of the band, surpassing the seventy accredited in his name by the Korea Music Copyright Association.

BTS J-Hope

Park Ji-min

On June 12, 2013, Park made his debut as a BTS member with the release of the single 2 Cool 4 Skool. Under the BTS he has published two solo pieces, “Lie” and “Serendipity“. “Lie” has been included in Wings (2016) and has been described as extraordinary and dramatic, a subtitle transmitter and dark emotions that have contributed to reflect the general concept of the album. On the contrary, “Serendipity” from the EP Love Yourself: Her (2017) has been defined as soft and sensual, focused on the joy, conviction, and curiosity of love.

BTS Park Ji-min

V

The pseudonym V comes from the initial of “victory” (victory). In 2016 made his debut in the world of acting with a supporting role in the historical serial Hwarang, for which he also interpreted a song from the soundtrack, “It’s Definitely You“, in collaboration with groupmate Jin. On January 30, 2019, he uploaded a song he composed, wrote and interpreted on the official SoundCloud of the group, entitled “Scenery“. V is a baritone. Karen Ruffini of Elite Daily wrote in an article that “has no problem producing extremely reassuring and low tones that are a key element in the overall BTS sound”. Tamar Herman of Billboard said that “with a wide extension and a deep tone, the expressive voice of V is a pillar of the BTS sound”.

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Jeon Jung-kook

On June 12, 2013, Jeon made his debut as a member of the BTS with the release of the single 2 Cool 4 Skool. Under the BTS, he published two solo pieces; the first, “Begin“, contained in the 2016 Wings album, talks about his transfer to Seoul to become an idol and the meeting with the members of the group. The second, “Euphoria“, was originally published as part of a BTS short film entitled Euphoria: Theme of Love Yourself 起 Wonder and later in the 2018 collection Love Yourself: Answer. “Euphoria” reached the fifth position in the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles ranking and stayed for 13 weeks in the Gaon Digital Chart. Jeon is credited as the main producer of some BTS songs, including Love is Not Over and Magic Shop.

BTS Jjeon Jung-kook

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran’s musical style has never undergone particular artistic deviations, mainly based on pop music with R&B folk, soul and contemporary elements, as well as strong influences deriving from traditional Irish music.  He has achieved great success and popularity in North America, Oceania, and Europe, especially in the UK, its native country, where he has broken several sales records.

In 2011 the artist signed a recording contract with Asylum Records, under which he achieved international fame with his third album +, certified seven times platinum in the United Kingdom, where he also spent 200 weeks in the Official Albums Chart. After making sporadic appearances on Taylor Swift‘s Red album, as well as on its world tour, in 2014 he released X, which surpassed the success of the previous album, selling over 10 million copies globally, resulting in the most sold the year  and conquering the top of the music charts of 15 countries, driven by singles Sing, Don’t, Thinking Out Loud, Bloodstream and Photograph, which became real international hits. In 2017 it comes out ÷, also of great commercial success, thanks above all to the extracts Castle on the Hill, Shape of You, Galway Girl and Perfect, guiding the album towards the first position of the major musical markets.

A very active person in support of charities, Sheeran is also appreciated for his qualities as a writer and composer, so much so that he has become the author of pieces for different artists. He was also nominated for six Grammy Awards and eight BRIT Awards (of which four were won).

According to the American magazine Forbes, with a personal fortune estimated at 57 million dollars, in 2015 Ed Sheeran was the 27th richest celebrity in the world. In April 2017 it was instead included by the weekly Time among the 100 most influential personalities on the planet.

Ed Sheeran

K-pop

K-pop is an abbreviation that means Korean pop music (South Korea). Many k-pop artists and musical groups have moved away from their homeland of origin, and have broken through the music markets of all East Asia and Asian communities abroad. The popularity of this genre is considered as a consequence and part of the so-called Korean wave or Hallyu wave (Korean wave), a musical movement that brought Korean culture into the limelight from the late nineties.

Face yourself

Face Yourself is the fifth studio album of the BTS, released April 4, 2018.


Love yourself: Tear

Love Yourself: Tear is the sixth studio album of the  BTS, released May 18, 2018.


Wake Up

Wake Up is the second studio album of the BTS, released on December 24th, 2014.


Make It Right