BTS announce new album ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ and confirm first single release date

The band have now mapped out the four phases of their comeback ahead of the big album release day

BTS have announced a new album titled ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ and mapped out the four phases of their 2020 comeback.

The K-Pop outfit’s last full-length effort, ‘Face Yourself’, came in April 2018 and followed on from 2016’s ‘Youth’. Last spring, they dropped their sixth EP ‘Map of the Soul: Persona’.

Now it has been confirmed that BTS will be making their return with their fourth studio album in 2020. Fans will be able to hear ‘Map Of The Soul: 7’ from 10am GMT on February 21, and pre-orders for the record begin tomorrow (January 9).


The first single from the album will be released on January 17, according to a newly-released “comeback map” which details the four phases of the group’s return to action.

BTS "comeback map"
BTS’ “comeback map” (Picture: Press)

As the above infographic states, BTS fans can expect a ‘Shadow’ comeback trailer on Friday (January 10) before an “art film” performed by the MN Dance Company arrives with the first single on January 17.

A series of ‘CONNECT, BTS’ events in London, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul and New York City will also take place between January 14 and February 5.

This news come after the group teased a potential live tour for this spring over the Christmas period. On December 24, BTS took to Twitter to share a poster featuring the word ‘TOUR’ along with a caption reading: “April 2020. Stay tuned.”


Meanwhile, BTS saw out their hugely successful 2019 with a special live performance in New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve.