19 July 2020: The Journey begins.

On this week’s show: A new Japanese album is released, bundling rules change, and more.

Intro song: Your Eyes Tell (Spotify)

Featured image: Photo by Patrick Tomasso on Unsplash

  • Data Drop
  • News
    • Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey is released
    • BTS performs on Japanese TV
    • Billboard changes bundle rules
    • More comeback hints revealed
    • Memories of 2019 announced
    • BTS will be on the cover of GQ Japan
    • BTS is Baskin-Robbins Korea’s new brand ambassador
  • Next Week
  • Last Word: Nielsen “others” BTS

Data Drop

Run BTS Ep 108 (Weverse)

Learn Korean with BTS Ep 19: It is Cold, It is Hot (Weverse)

BT21 Theme Instrumental Cover (YouTube)

BT21 Universe 3 Ep 07: The Ultimate Sacrifice (YouTube)

BTS’s “Boy With Luv” Becomes Fastest Korean Boy Group MV To Hit 850 Million Views (Soompi)

Who are The BTS Fans Who Raised Rs 5.9 Lakh In a Day for Assam Flood Relief? (The Better India)

Malala Fund Instagram post about BTS

Spotify Is Now Available in Russia, Croatia, Ukraine, and 10 Other European Markets (Spotify)

BTS Spotify Russia welcome video (Twitter)


2020 BTS FESTA 방탄생파 Behind Photo (Facebook)

This BTS Song Is the Most Shazamed K-Pop Song of 2020 (So Far) (Billboard)

The Genius Community’s 25 Best Albums of 2020 So Far (Genius)

Becky G’s Quotes About Working With BTS’ J-Hope Explain Why Music Has No Barriers (Elite Daily)

MAX Reddit AMA

BTS is about the music (Lainey Gossip)

The Mobilizing Power of the BTS ARMY (Reuters)

‘Hallyu’ tourists spent US$1,007 on average in 2019, BTS most favored: report (Yonhap News Agency)

New BangtanTV Videos

[BANGTAN BOMB] Cute and Adorable BTS – BTS (방탄소년단)



Map of the Soul: 7 – The Journey:

BTS Deezer message (Twitter)

BTS Apple Music Japan message (Twitter)

BTS Spotify message (Twitter)

BTS Spotify Japan message (Twitter)

BTS Recochoku message (Twitter)

BTS YouTube Japan message (Twitter)

BTS Amazon Music Japan message (Twitter)

BTS NetEase message (Twitter)

BTS album release message – Universal Music Singapore (Twitter)

방탄소년단, 정규 4 첫날 44 7천장 팔았다올해 최고 기록’(공식) (Newsen)

BTS’s New Japanese Album Sold Half A Million Copies In Japan In Just Its First Two Days (Forbes)

Music Review: BTS unstoppable on their new ‘Journey’ (AP)

BTS Drop New Japanese Album, Will Not Let a Pandemic Slow Them Down (Vulture)

Intro to The Journey (Spotify video)

Track By Track: Your Eyes Tell (Spotify video)

Track By Track: Stay Gold (Spotify video)

BTS Sweeps iTunes Charts All Over The World With Song Co-Written By Jungkook (Soompi)

BTS Score Title Song for Japanese Film ‘Your Eyes Tell’ (Variety)

BTS Your Eyes Tell at TBS CDTVライブライブ (YouTube)



BTS(방탄소년단)| Stay Gold (NHK songs) (YouTube)


Billboard Announces New Chart Rules: No More Merch & Ticket Bundles (Billboard)

Billboard’s New Merch And Ticket Bundle Rules Will Devastate A Lot Of Pop Artists. Not BTS. (Forbes)

Here’s When Billboard’s New Bundle-Banning Chart Rules Will Go Into Effect (Billboard)

[Third Story] A Small Tedious Story

[Fourth Story] How was ‘Smeraldo’ found?

Smeraldo Blog EXPLAINED | BTS Comeback in August? (YouTube)

Memories 0f 2019 DVD announcement (Facebook)

Memories of 2019 Blu-Ray announcement (Facebook)

BTS Is Baskin-Robbins Korea’s New Brand Ambassador; BTS Cake Available For Preorder Soon (International Business Times)

Next Week

20 Jul, Mon: Learn Korean with BTS Ep 20, 9PM KST
21 Jul, Tues: Run BTS Ep 109, 9PM KST
22 Jul, Wed: BTS Memories of 2019 Pre-order begins, 11AM KST
23 Jul, Thurs: BTS Universe Ep 8, 6PM KST

Last Word

Nielsen “others” BTS

Twitter thread by journalist Brian Patrick Byrne

BTS This Week Listener Survey (SurveyMonkey)

Where You Can Find BTS This Week

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