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About

Be (stylized in all caps) is the fifth Korean-language studio album by South Korean boy band BTS. It was released on November 20, 2020, through Big Hit Entertainment, nine months after its predecessor, Map of the Soul: 7 (2020). Created in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Be was inspired by BTS' perspective of life during the pandemic. The record sees the band members contributing to various aspects of album-making process including songwriting, development, production, and visual design.

Be is primarily a pop record, encompassing hip hop, EDM, and disco genres with elements of synth-pop, funk, and R&B. Described by BTS as "a letter of hope", the lyrics are about comfort, loneliness, anxiety, sadness, hope, connection, and joy. Critics hailed the album's pop sound and the eclectic experimentation of musical styles, with many praising its authenticity and simplicity. A few others expressed mixed feelings and found it unadventurous. The album was preceded by the standalone single "Dynamite", which marked BTS' first number-one song on the US Billboard Hot 100. It was followed by the lead single of Be, "Life Goes On", which also debuted atop the Hot 100, becoming BTS' third consecutive chart-topper in the United States.

The album was BTS' fifth to debut at number one on the Billboard 200, making BTS the fastest group to earn five chart-topping albums in the United States since the Beatles. Elsewhere, the album topped charts in Canada, Denmark, Japan, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, the Republic of Ireland, South Korea, and Wallonia; and peaked within the top 10 of 14 other territories. The album has since been certified triple million by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) and platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ). BTS promoted Be with performances at the American Music Awards and television programs, including The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Discs

Red Dragon

January 21, 2021

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When We Were Young

September 11, 2020

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New Fate

July 19, 2019

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In My Arms

January 11, 2019

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Messed Up

September 29, 2017

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Never Let You Go

July 7, 2017

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Fools

April 24, 2017

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Godfather

March 27, 2017

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Redline

February 10, 2017

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Rage

January 20, 2017

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Beautiful Asian

December 5, 2016

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Fury

September 12, 2016

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On And On

May 30, 2016

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Enforcer

April 11, 2016

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Takeover

February 29, 2016

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At The End Of The Night (Remixes)

January 25, 2016

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At The End Of The Night

December 7, 2015

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Endless (Remixes)

October 12, 2015

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Endless

September 25, 2015

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Where The Lights Are (Radio Edit)

August 21, 2015

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Where The Lights Are

August 7, 2015

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How Do I Know (Arston Remix)

May 1, 2015

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Light

April 13, 2015

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Circle Track

October 13, 2014

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Star Warz (Swanky Tunes Edit)

August 25, 2014

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Symphony

August 4, 2014

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The Universe

June 2, 2014

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Zodiac

June 7, 2013

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Empire / Flashmob

November 9, 2012

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