In anticipation next week’s Love Yourself: Answer release, Korean septet BTS unveiled some promotional images for the album on Monday (Aug. 13).
In 16 pictures associated with the "S" and "E" versions Answer, the members BTS — RM, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, Jimin, V and J-Hope — are seen both on their own and in a group. The eight "S" images are brightly hued pictures with red backdrops that show the men flanked by amplifiers, cameras, open eyes and stretched-out hands. The "E" photos are much ster, featuring pastels, giant Glinda the Good Witch-esque bubbles and fantastical nature elements.
The images appear to draw on a variety inspirations, including The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and New Romanticism.
BTS’ Love Yourself: Answer will be released in four different variants, each representing one letter the word “self.” Prior Love Yourself albums Her and Tear respectively spelled out “love” and “your.”
The images follow the release Jin's solo "Epiphany" song last week.
Love Yourself: Answer is the final portion BTS’ 2017-18 Love Yourself series, which began last year with September’s Love Yourself: Her and made history when Love Yourself: Tear debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. BTS is the first-ever Korean act to top the chart, and Tear was the first predominantly non-English album to hit No. 1 since 2006.
Accompanying the album’s release is BTS’ Love Yourself world tour, which will see the group arrive Stateside next month. They will become the first Korean act to headline a stadium concert on Oct. 6 at New York City’s Citi Field.
The group is making big waves Stateside, and on Sunday night, they won the Choice International Artist award at the Teen Choice Awards, while their ARMY was recognized as the Choice Fandom.
After the new promo images were shared, BTS’ ARMY trended the hashtag #Love_Yourself for several hours on Twitter.