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(LEAD) BTS leaves for U.S. to world premiere new album

All News 11:46 April 11, 2019

(ATTN: UPDATES throughout with info on BTS' trip to US; ADDS photo and video)

SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) -- Two days ahead of the highly anticipated release of its new album, K-pop world stars BTS left for the United States late Wednesday to premiere and promote the new music on the American music scene.

Three BTS members -- RM, Jin and J-Hope -- uploaded selfies on the official BTS Twitter account, with a message "We will be back safely."

The journey is the septet's first official step in the fresh discographic journey with the new album series "Map of the Soul."

On Friday evening, the band will release "Map of the Soul: Persona," the opener of the series on the world music market and premiere the album on the show "Saturday Night Live" on Saturday.

The album has already shown signs of bringing another bout of musical success to BTS, having topped the Amazon online store's CDs & Vinyl sales for nearly a month since preorders started last month.

The music video of the new album's intro track, "Persona," uploaded in late March, has garnered more than 28 million YouTube views so far while the first teaser of the main track, "Boy With Luv," has collected 24 million views in less than four days after its release on Monday.

This selfie of BTS member Jin, posted at the start of their trip to the United States on April 10, 2019, is captured from the official BTS Twitter account. (Yonhap)

This selfie of BTS member Jin, posted at the start of their trip to the United States on April 10, 2019, is captured from the official BTS Twitter account. (Yonhap)

Earlier in the day, BTS dropped a second teaser of "Boy With Luv," featuring American diva Halsey, showing that the music video is a homage to the iconic film "Singin' in the Rain."

The newly unveiled 28-second teaser video showed BTS members in a theater lobby with posters for "Singin' in the Rain" on the wall.

Other backdrops used in the teaser video -- a retro-style concert stage and dance hall -- are also reminiscent of the 1952 film.

The beats and melodies of the song as well as the visual effects are redolent of disco music, brimming with high energy and playfulness.

Following their American premiere, BTS is scheduled to hold a global news conference back home on April 17.

After that, they will resume their "Love Yourself: Speak Yourself" world stadium tour in May, travelling to cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Sao Paulo, London, Paris and Osaka.

This still from the music video for BTS' "Boy With Luv" was provided by Big Hit Entertainment. (Yonhap)

This still from the music video for BTS' "Boy With Luv" was provided by Big Hit Entertainment. (Yonhap)

This still from the music video for BTS' "Boy With Luv" was provided by Big Hit Entertainment. (Yonhap)

This still from the music video for BTS' "Boy With Luv" was provided by Big Hit Entertainment. (Yonhap)

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