Love Yourself: Answer

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Love Yourself 結 'Answer'
BTS, Love Yourself Answer, album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
ReleasedAugust 24, 2018 (2018-08-24)[1]
Recorded2016–2018[2]
Genre
Length1:39:51 (physical)
1:44:11 (digital)
LanguageKorean
Label
ProducerPdogg
BTS chronology
Love Yourself: Tear
(2018)
Love Yourself 結 'Answer'
(2018)
Map of the Soul: Persona
(2019)
Physical album artwork
Left to right: Versions "S", "E", "L", and "F"
Left to right: Versions "S", "E", "L", and "F"
Singles from Love Yourself: Answer
  1. "Idol"
    Released: August 24, 2018

Love Yourself 結 'Answer' (stylized as LOVE YOURSELF 結 'Answer') is the third Korean-language[A] compilation album[7] by South Korean boy band BTS. The album was released on August 24, 2018 by Big Hit Entertainment and is available in 4 different versions: S, E, L, and F. The album contains twenty-five tracks (twenty-six for digital version), including seven new songs, with the track "Idol" serving as the lead single. Most tracks are from Love Yourself: Her, and Love Yourself: Tear, including some remixes. The album debuted at number one in South Korea, Canada, Japan and the United States, becoming BTS' second chart-topping album in the US market.

On November 9, 2018 "Love Yourself: Answer" became the first Korean album to be gold certified in the United States.[8]

Background and release[edit]

Answer was first announced on July 16, 2018,[1] with the announcement of the album containing seven new tracks coming the following day.[9] The album was designed as the finale of the Love Yourself series, which connected the story plot of short film Love Yourself 起 Wonder, EP Love Yourself 承 'Her', and studio album Love Yourself 轉 'Tear',[1] forming the "起承轉結 (기승전결) (Kishōtenketsu)" storytelling composition.[10]

Two versions of BTS' Jin in the "Epiphany" comeback trailer, representing a personal journey.[11]

On August 6, Big Hit Entertainment released a Most Beautiful Moment in Life note, part of a series of fictional notes pertaining to the concept of BTS' albums, starting with their 2015 EP The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1. The note, written by BTS member Jin, spoke about him finding a notebook written by his father in the story. The book discussed the father's failures.[12] Three days later, on August 9, the trailer for the album, featuring a new song entitled "Epiphany", was released. The solo, described by Billboard's Tamar Herman as a "building pop-rock melody",[13] was performed by Jin, and speaks about finding self-love. The song serves as one of the tracks for the album.[14] The trailer was directed by Yong-seok Choi (Lumpens),[15] and portrays multiple versions of Jin in a room, telling the story of a personal journey.[13] Philip Merrill of the Recording Academy described the video as having a "sense of going backward and forward, through time and through different versions of one's self".[11] Discussing Jin's performance of the video, Hong Hye-min of The Korea Times stated that it was well-acted and emotional, with Jin's "sorrowful, free voice stand[ing] out".[16]

Promotional concept photos presenting four different themes were released on August 13 for the "S" and "E" versions,[17] and August 16 for the "L" and "F" versions.[18] Version "S" contained elements inspired by New Romanticism, with BTS in bright red boxes surrounded by cameras, eyes, hands, and amplifiers. Concept version "E" contained bright pastels, with BTS members in bubbles filled with fantastical nature elements.[19] The second set of teasers, versions "L" and "F", were brighter, with BTS members wearing a mix of retro streetwear and formal blazers and suits. In addition, version "L" contained black-and-white images, collaged with the contrasting bright photographs.[20] The official tracklist was released on August 20, revealing that it would be a compilation album containing songs from Love Yourself: Her and Love Yourself: Tear, with a total of twenty-five tracks.[21] The tracklist also announced remixed versions of BTS' previous singles "DNA", "Mic Drop" and "Fake Love".[22] On August 22, 2018, the teaser for "Idol" was released.[23] On August 24, two hours before the release of Love Yourself: Answer, Big Hit Entertainment announced that an alternative version of "Idol" featuring Nicki Minaj will be included in the digital version of the album.[24] Afterwards, the album was released, along with the music video for "Idol".[25] A music video for the Nicki Minaj version of "Idol" was later released on September 6, 2018.[26]

Composition[edit]

Some of the album's themes include empowerment, youth, love, and reflection while the moods exhibited through the album are cathartic, lively, confident, passionate, and yearning among many other things. The genre of the album showcases various types of pop.[27]

In an interview with Billboard some of the producer's that helped with the album recalled their thought processes and aims for the album. Writer Melanie Fontana, who worked on "Euphoria", wanted the chorus to explode with something more "chanty" but the crowd could sing along easily too. Ray Michael Djan Jr. stated that the song "I'm Fine" was a response to an earlier song he helped write called "Save Me". A lot of drum and bass influenced "I'm Fine" and they blended a lot of different sounds to create it. On the title song "Idol", Ali Tamposi stated the rep from Big Hit wanted the song to feel intense.[28]

Promotion[edit]

BTS arriving at KBS' Music Bank to perform on August 31, 2018.

On August 26, 2018, BTS held a press conference discussing the album, as well as the BTS World Tour: Love Yourself, which began the previous day.[29] They performed "Idol" and "I'm Fine" on various South Korean music shows for the week of August 26 with prerecorded performances airing the following week,[30] including M Countdown, Music Bank, Show! Music Core, and Inkigayo.[31] A shortened version of "Save Me" from The Most Beautiful Moment in Life: Young Forever served as an intro track during the "I'm Fine" performance on M Countdown.[32] BTS performed "Idol" at the second Soribada Best K-Music Awards on August 30, with "Fake Love" sung as an encore performance.[33]

While in the United States for the North American leg of their Love Yourself tour, BTS performed "Idol" on the second semifinal episode of America's Got Talent season thirteen, which aired on September 12.[34][35] The band sang "Idol" on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Good Morning America on September 25 and 26 respectively,[36] in addition to a sit-down interview on both shows.[37][38] A bonus performance of "I'm Fine" was also released on The Tonight Show's YouTube channel.[39]

On October 1, 2018, news surfaced that BTS were scheduled to appear on the BBC's The Graham Norton Show on October 12,[40] which was later confirmed by Big Hit Entertainment five days later.[41]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
SCMP4/5 stars[42]
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[27]
Clash Music9/10[43]
Billboardfavorable[4]

Love Yourself: Answer received positive reviews from critics. Nemo Kim from the South China Morning Post gave the album four stars out of five and said, "[BTS] rappers show their chops on solo tracks, band send a message to Korean youth about self-love, and single Idol sees them don traditional garb and blend pop with ancient percussion as Minaj joins in," praising the album as "cement[ing] BTS' place as kings of the genre".[42] In a positive review, Taylor Glasby of Clash magazine described the narrative of the album as a "portray[al] of the fears, mistakes and thoughts we inflict on ourselves" which remain "poignantly relatable". In addition, she said that the narrative serves "to remind us that each person must make their own path, and there's no one size fits all answer to achieving self-acceptance". However, for "Answer: Love Myself", the track concluding the narrative on the album, Glasby felt that it "lyrically exceeds although plays the instrumental a little too safe".[3] Tamar Herman of Billboard praised the album, calling it a "masterful culmination of years of work and rife with meaning, Answer is undeniably a magnum opus from BTS that that few other artists, boy bands or otherwise, ever can hope to achieve."[4]

Accolades[edit]

Year-end lists
Critic/Publication List Rank Ref.
20 minutos The Albums of 2018 That Should Not Go Unnoticed N/A [44]
Billboard The 20 Best K-pop Albums of 2018: Critics' Picks 1 [45]
Bravo These are the ten best K-pop albums of the year 1 [46]
City Pages Every #1 album from 2018, ranked 16 [47]
DIY DIY'S Albums Of the Year 2018 2 [48]
Rolling Stone India 10 Best K-pop Albums of 2018 1 [49]
The Spinnaker Spinnaker's top 10 albums of the year 3 [50]
Uproxx 20 Must-Hear Pop Albums From 2018 16 [51]
Yahoo! The best albums of 2018 8 [52]
Yardbarker The 10 best pop albums of 2018 N/A [53]
Awards
Year Organization Award Result Ref.
2018 MBC Plus X Genie Music Awards Digital Album of the Year Won [54]
Korea Popular Music Awards Best Album Won [55]
2019 Golden Disc Awards Disk Bonsang Won [56]
Disk Daesang Won
Gaon Chart Music Awards Album of the Year – 3rd Quarter Won [57][58][59]
Korean Music Awards Album of the Year Nominated [60]
Best Pop Album Nominated
Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 3 Albums (Asia) Won [61]
Gaffa-Prisen Awards Best International Album Won [62][63]

Commercial performance[edit]

During the period of July 18 to 24, the first six days of the pre-order period for Love Yourself: Answer, IRIVER reported that the album had sold more than 1.51 million copies, surpassing its predecessor Love Yourself: Tear as the most pre-ordered album in South Korea.[64] It subsequently debuted at number one on the Gaon Album Chart,[65] selling 1,933,450 copies during the last eight days of the month of August.[66][67] The album broke the record for the most monthly sales in the history of the Gaon Chart since its inception in 2010. The record was also previously held by BTS' own Love Yourself: Tear.[67]

In October 2018, Love Yourself: Answer earned the "Double Million Seller" certification from the Korea Music Content Association, for selling over 2 million copies.[68][69] They are the first music act first to do so since the Gaon Chart began music certifications earlier that year.[70]

Love Yourself: Answer debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, becoming BTS' second number-one album—their second of 2018—and their highest sales week in the country to date.[71] It earned 185,000 album-equivalent units, including 141,000 in pure album sales.[71] It also became the first Korean album to ever receive an RIAA album certification.[72]

"Idol" became BTS' first-ever song, as well as the first-ever Korean-language song, to reach the top 40 of the UK's Official Singles chart, ranking at number 21.[73] In Ireland, the song reached number 33.[74] Love Yourself: Answer also became BTS' third top-20 album in the United Kingdom, hitting number fourteen on the Official Albums chart.[74]

Tower Records Japan reported the album was the third most imported album in Japan for 2018, only behind Twice's album What Is Love and BTS' Love Yourself: Tear.[75]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Spotify, Apple Music, Naver, and ASCAP.[76]

CD 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Euphoria" (solo by Jungkook)
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young3:49
2."Trivia 起: Just Dance" (solo by J-Hope)
Hiss noise3:45
3."Serendipity" (full length edition) (solo by Jimin)
  • "hitman" bang
  • Ray Michael Djan Jr.
  • Slow Rabbit
  • RM
  • Ashton Foster
Slow Rabbit4:37
4."DNA"
  • "hitman" bang
  • Pdogg
  • RM
  • KASS
  • Suga
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
3:43
5."보조개" (Bojogae / Dimple) (performed by Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook)
  • Matthew Tishler
  • Crash Cove
3:16
6."Trivia 承: Love" (solo by RM)
  • Slow Rabbit
  • RM
  • Hiss noise
Slow Rabbit3:46
7."Her" (performed by RM, Suga, and J-Hope)
  • J-Hope
  • RM
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Suga
  • Suga
  • Slow Rabbit
3:49
8."Singularity" (solo by V)
  • RM
  • Charlie J. Perry
  • Charlie J. Perry
3:17
9."Fake Love"
  • "hitman" bang
  • Pdogg
  • RM
  • Pdogg
4:02
10."전하지 못한 진심" (featuring Steve Aoki) (Jeonhaji mot-han jinsim / The Truth Untold) (performed by Jin, Jimin, V, and Jungkook)
  • Steve Aoki
  • Noah Conrad
  • RM
  • Jake Torrey
  • Annika Wells
  • Roland Spreckley
  • Slow Rabbit
Steve Aoki4:02
11."Trivia 轉: Seesaw" (solo by Suga)
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Suga
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Suga
4:06
12."Tear" (performed by RM, Suga, and J-Hope)
  • Shin Myung-soo
  • DOCSKIM
  • Suga
  • RM
  • J-Hope
DOCSKIM4:45
13."Epiphany" (solo by Jin)
  • "hitman" bang
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Adora
Slow Rabbit4:00
14."I'm Fine"
  • Ray Michael Djan
  • Lauren Dyson
  • Ashton Foster
  • Samantha Harper
  • J-Hope
  • RM
  • Suga
  • Jung Bobby
  • Yoon Guitar
  • Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young
  • Candace Nicole Sosa
  • Pdogg
Pdogg4:00
15."Idol"
  • "hitman" bang
  • Roman Campolo
  • Pdogg
  • RM
  • Supreme Boi
  • Ali Tamposi
Pdogg3:43
16."Answer: Love Myself"
  • Pdogg
  • Jung Bobby
  • Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young
  • Candace Nicole Sosa
  • RM
  • Suga
  • J-Hope
  • Ray Michael Djan
  • Ashton Foster
  • Conor Maynard
Pdogg4:11
Total length:1:02:51
CD 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Magic Shop"
  • Jungkook
  • Hiss noise
  • RM
  • DJ Swivel
  • Candace Nicole Sosa
  • Adora
  • J-Hope
  • Suga
  • Jungkook
  • Hiss noise
  • Adora
4:36
2."Best of Me"
  • Andrew Taggart
  • Pdogg
  • Ray Michael Djan Jr
  • Ashton Foster
  • Sam Klempner
  • RM
  • "hitman" bang
  • Suga
  • J-Hope
  • Adora
  • Andrew Taggart
  • Pdogg
3:46
3."Airplane Pt. 2"
  • Pdogg
  • RM
  • Ali Tamposi
  • Liza Owens
  • Roman Campolo
  • "hitman" bang
  • Suga
  • J-Hope
Pdogg3:39
4."고민보다 Go" (Gominboda Go / Go Go)
  • Pdogg
  • "hitman" bang
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
3:55
5."Anpanman"
  • Pdogg
  • Supreme Boi
  • "hitman" bang
Pdogg3:54
6."Mic Drop"
  • Pdogg
  • Supreme Boi
  • "hitman" bang
  • j-hope
  • RM
  • Pdogg
3:57
7."DNA" (Pedal 2 LA mix)
  • Pdogg
  • "hitman" bang
  • KASS
  • Supreme Boi
  • Suga
  • RM
  • "hitman" bang
  • DOCSKIM
  • Khan
  • Slow Rabbit
4:07
8."Fake Love" (Rocking Vibe mix)
  • Pdogg
  • "hitman" bang
  • RM
Slow Rabbit3:58
9."Mic Drop" (Steve Aoki remix) (full length edition)
  • Pdogg
  • Supreme Boi
  • "hitman" bang
  • j-hope
  • RM
Steve Aoki5:08
Total length:37:00
Digital bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
10."Idol" (featuring Nicki Minaj)
Pdogg4:20

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
South Korea August 24, 2018
United States
Japan
Various
  • Digital download
  • streaming

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Love Yourself: Answer is BTS' second Korean-language compilation album to receive a release outside of Japan. The Best of Bangtan Sonyeondan -Korea Edition-, BTS' second Korean compilation album overall, was released exclusively in Japan.[6]

See also[edit]

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