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BTS reveal details of upcoming anthology album ‘Proof’

The career-spanning set will contain three new songs

By Joe Goggins

Members of BTS in a still from their 'Dynamite' video, 2020
Members of BTS in a still from 2020's 'Dynamite' video. (Photo: YouTube)

BTS have revealed details of their next album, an anthology compilation to be called ‘Proof’.

The announcement today (May 4) by the K-pop megastars comes after they teased a new release on the final night of their four-show residency in Last Vegas last month, with a message on screens at the gig’s close reading “2022.06.10” (June 10) along with “We are bulletproof.”

Now, the band’s representatives have confirmed that a 3-CD compendium chronicling their career is on the way, although perhaps more excitingly for their millions of fans the world over, it will contain three previously unreleased tracks, according to their label, Big Hit. You can see a teaser trailer for the anthology below.

“After ceaselessly springing forward since 2013, BTS is celebrating their ninth anniversary this coming June,” said a statement on BTS’ Weverse online fan community.“The BTS anthology that embodies the history of BTS will be released as they begin a new chapter as an artist that has been active for nine years to look back on their past endeavours.”

According to the statement, ‘Proof’ will “reflect the thoughts and ideas of the members of the past, present and future of BTS”. It can be pre-ordered from tomorrow (May 5). Their last full-length album was ‘BE’ in 2020. ‘Proof’ arrives after the group announced plans at the end of last year to enter into an “extended period of rest”, after having continued to record, release and play live during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“BTS stayed active in order to engage with fans in 2020 and 2021 amidst the COVID-19 situation, and achieved dazzling results to cement themselves as top global artists,” said a Big Hit statement at the time. “This period of rest will provide the members of BTS who have tirelessly committed themselves to their activities, a chance to get re-inspired and recharge with creative energy.”

Back in February, it was confirmed that band member Jimin had been dealt a double health blow, having first undergone surgery for acute appendicitis before then becoming the fourth member of the group to test positive for COVID-19 inside a month, along with RM, Jin and Suga.