The biggest boy band in the world is ready for their next album. On Monday, BTS announced that Map of the Soul: Persona will be released next month.
Last May, BTS made history as the first South Korean group to top the American charts with their album Love Yourself: Tear. The colons in these titles aren’t just for show, but rather designate conceptual arcs for the band. A few months after Tear, their Love Yourself series concluded with Love Yourself: Answer in August. Persona marks the beginning of their new chapter, Map of the Soul.
The seven members of BTS (J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, RM, Suga, and V) showed up at the Grammys last month, where Love Yourself: Tear was nominated for Best Recording Package — the first Korean album to be recognized in any category by the Recording Academy. Though they ultimately lost to St. Vincent’s Masseduction, RM described the experience as “more than a dream.”
Map of the Soul: Persona will be released on April 12. The band is also still performing dates for their BTS World Tour: Love Yourself.