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It’s officially time: BTS member Jung Kook has released his first album, golden. The singer dropped the LP with a Tano Moino-directed music video for “Standing Next to Year,” an upbeat pop-funk song with a hook-filled chorus. The track was produced by Andrew Watt and Circut while the dance-filled video was filmed in Budapest.
The album contains 11 songs, including “Seven” featuring Latto, “3D” featuring Jack Harlow, “Closer to You” featuring Major Lazer, and “Please Don’t Change” featuring DJ Snake. Producers and songwriters on the LP include Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Major Lazer, Blood Pop and David Stewart.
A press release notes, “Through the song arrangements, Jung Kook expresses the flow of emotions that follow changes in relationships. The first half of the album offers songs with light melodies that depict someone falling in love, while the latter half offers feel-good songs that deal with emotions after a breakup.
Jung Kook will be promoting the LP through shows on today’s showCitiConcert Series on November 6 and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon On November 8th. Jung Kook will hold his first-ever solo concert — not counting his festival appearances — when he performs at Seoul’s Gangcheong Square, South Korea, on November 20.
In 2021, Jung Kook spoke with Rolling Stone About the work ethic it takes to become a great artist. “You can only get better in a certain area when you really practice, when you really try, and when you dig into it,” he said, noting the “gold” label that has been applied to him because of his cross-media skill set. “So I don’t really want to think of myself as an all-rounder. I just want to keep trying and working hard. And of course I feel pressure, but those pressures can also push me to work hard and do the best I do.”
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