“Beyond the Story: 10-Year Record of BTS” is BTS’ newest gift to their beloved Armys
K-Pop megastars BTS released their hotly anticipated memoir in South Korea on Sunday, July 9, 2023, marking their 10th anniversary as a group.
“Beyond the Story: 10-Year Record of BTS” is the septet’s first official book which contains a chronological summary of their musical career, as well as hints at their future endeavors, according to their agency BIGHIT MUSIC.
Crowds were kept away by heavy rain on Sunday morning, but some diehard fans braved the weather to gather in front of the Kyobo bookstore in Gwanghwamun, one of the biggest in Seoul, according to an Agence France-Presse report.
‘Beyond The Story’ in the US
The book, which is also being released in the United States, shot to the top of the Amazon and Barnes and Noble bestseller lists in May on the strength of its pre-orders.
It was co-written by South Korean journalist Kang Myeong-seok and members of the band, according to its US publisher Flatiron Books.
The release date of the memoir, July 9, 2023, is actually a nod to a significant date in the septet’s history: it is the day the megastars’ loyal international fan base, known as ARMY, first came into being 10 years ago.
Packed anniversary celebration
On top of their memoir, just last June, the group released their brand new single “Take Two” which is still a part of their anniversary celebration.
According to BTS’ longtime label BIGHIT MUSIC, a subsidiary of K-pop entertainment giant HYBE, all seven members of BTS participated in the recording of ‘Take Two’. Notably, two members of the boyband – namely Jin and J-hope – are currently serving their mandatory military service.
“The song conveys their appreciation toward ARMY for all the love you shower them with and their desire to always be together with you,” said BIGHIT MUSIC. “We sincerely express our gratitude to ARMY for making the 10th anniversary possible with your endless love for BTS.”
“Take Two” is BTS’ second new song of 2023. Last May, the boyband contributed the song “The Planet” to the soundtrack of the South Korean animated series “Bastions.”
The band is currently on a “hiatus,” with members pursuing solo projects while two of the group complete South Korea’s mandatory military service.
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