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Connecting the dots to BTS and their latest single Black Swan

South Korean group BTS, that consists of 7 members RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, Jungkook,  have once again proven they are in the league of their own with their latest single 'Black Swan'. Closing phase 1 of their comeback album that is leading up to the Map Of The Soul: 7 which is set for February 21, 2020 release, 'Interlude: Shadow' and 'Black Swan' begin the new era of their music refreshing take on self-reflection.

Connecting the dots to BTS and their latest single Black Swan

It was 2019 when BTS announced Map Of The Soul: Persona with 'Intro: Persona' performed by their leader and rapper RM. after wrapping up their Love Yourself series - Her, Tear, Answer. The album was based on Carl Jung's theories on analytic psychology. The lyrics had a take on Jungian concepts of power of unconscious, persona, ego, shadow which showcased how involved musicians like BTS can get when it comes to making a universe with their music.

For unversed, BTS (Bangtan Sonyeondan aka Bulletproof Boyscouts in Korean), debut in 2013, always had callbacks through their comeback trailers, music videos, and songs. The Bangtan Universe was created by their agency Big Hit Entertainment and it all began with 'I Need U' music video from their EP The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 1. This was followed by the music video 'Run' in The Most Beautiful Moment In Life, Pt. 2. Many theories were confirmed in 'Blood Sweat And Tears' from Wings album.

If anyone has been in this fandom for the longest time, they are aware that every time BTS dropped music, the fans are quick to find the easter eggs, samples from their previous work and theories that come true eventually (the new BTS Army might require time to understand everything but the fandom got all of you all covered).

Cut to 2020, with comeback trailer ' Interlude: Shadow' featuring their lead rapper Suga followed by 'Black Swan' single which was released a day ago with an art film performed by MN Dance Company, there are so many theories which take you back to 'Wings' era and 'Blood Sweat & Tears' music video.

'Black Swan', produced by Pdogg, RM, August Rigo, Vince Nantes, and Clyde Kelly, can be said to one of the best works that have come from South Korean septet. But, 'Blood Sweat & Tears'  was a work of art. Not only was the choreography tight with stunning visuals and vocals, it truly got the fandom involved in all kinds of discussion about what the band wanted to portray through their music.

Now, almost seven years later, BTS, a worldwide phenomenon, seemed to have dropped several hints about their single, previously. The lyrics go, "The heart no longer races /  When hearing the music play / Tryna pull up / Seems like time has stopped / Oh that would be my first death / I been always afraid of If this can no longer resonate / No longer make my heart vibrate / Then like this may be how I die my first death / But what if that moment’s right now / Right now."

The fandom, known to be very passionate and intelligent when it comes to decoding music videos and lyrics, has found that the single's storyline is very similar to the Black Swan movie featuring Natalie Portman. Not only that, the hints were dropped during 'Blood Sweat & Tears'  music video, concert performances among others. It all connects us to Bangtan Universe and we can say that BTS ARMY HAS CONNECTED THE DOTS, as always.

Check out some of the theories:

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