Last Sunday (Sept. 10), it was announced that BTS would collaborate with a Chainsmokers member on their new album, Love Yourself 'Her' -- and their song, “Best of Me,” is finally here with the arrival of the K-pop superstars' latest LP on Sept. 18. While neither members of the EDM duo feature on the song, Chainsmokers vocalist Andrew Taggart is credited as a co-writer, which probably explains why the chorus has such a strong EDM feel. As the K-pop industry heavily draws on Western trends, it was only inevitable that EDM would seep into South Korea so thoroughly that one of the country’s biggest international acts would team up with a top 40 hitmaker like Taggart.
K-pop is a “genre” defined by its malleability. A wide range of concepts is the industry standard, and it is the norm for many groups to present new versions of themselves with each new era. In fact, BTS started to gain success with the 2015 release of “I Need U,” which marked their first real departure from the hard schoolboy-themed hip hop of their previous singles. (“Just One Day” is a softer ballad, and “Miss Right” is a grade-school torch song, but they’re still part of the schoolboy canon).