"Promise": Listen to BTS' Jimin's surprise solo track for 2019
Korean boyband BTS had a historic 2018. They became the first K-pop band to be nominated for a Grammy (Best Recording Package for 2018's Love Yourself: Tear) and addressed the United Nations on global youth issues in September.
One of the band's well-loved members Jimin kicked off 2019 by dropping a surprise solo song, "Promise" just after the stroke of midnight in Seoul on 31 December.
The track was released for free through music sharing platform Soundcloud and band's website. According to the credits on the post, the song was co-composed and co-written by Jimin, while the cover art was photographed by fellow bandmate Vante.
Shortly after the release, Jimin endearingly tweeted in Korean: "Have you been waiting for a long time? I (have) finally made my own song public. It's a song for me, but it's a song for you (too). It is the first time, and it is inexperienced but please listen. Thank you."
In "Promise", Jimin croons in his signature mellow tones over a melodic guitar instrumental and subtle vocal layerings. Its stripped back production is a far cry from the band's heavily produced, auto-tuned pop hits.
This isn't the first time a BTS member has produced work on their own. In the past, three other members RM, Hope and Suga have shared solo mixtapes, while Jimin has released a cover of Justin Bieber's "Mistletoe".
"Promise" is available for download and streaming on the boyband's Soundcloud page. Check it out below.