BTOB Release Sentimental Single 'Friend' Ahead of Upcoming Album: Stream It Now

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BTOB perform onstage during the movie 'Terminator Genisys' red carpet event at Lotte World Mall on July 2, 2015 in Seoul, South Korea.

South Korean vocal pop septet BTOB returned Tuesday (Oct. 23) with a sentimental pop-rock track, “Friend.”

Composed by rapper Jung Ilhoon with co-writer IL and featuring lyrics by BTOB's other rappers Lee Minhyuk and Peniel, “Friend” is a bright, funky tune driven by the group’s representative expressive vocals. Upbeat and full of breezy energy, echoing synths sit below gentle drums and electric guitar riffs, before the song builds into a clapping, swaying chorus that resonates with bright horns. Playful raps, including Peniel’s witty turn of phrase --”You're my brother from another mother sister from another mister,” he says -- brings the song together.

Though it’s only a pre-release song ahead of their upcoming November album, “Friend” is BTOB at their best, with the seven men artfully emoting the feelings of a positive friendship.

According to the group’s company Cube Entertainment, the song is a “small gift for fans who are longing to see BTOB in its full lineup.” “Friend” features the vocals of all seven members including Seo Eun-Kwang, who joined the South Korean military in August to fulfill his mandatory service.

BTOB is set to release an as-of-yet unnamed new EP as a six-member group. 

Around since 2012, BTOB saw major success in the latter half of their career beginning in 2015, and since 2017 they have seen three albums rank on the World Albums chart. They most recently returned with their single "Only One For Me" and their This Is Us album, which peaked at No. 15 on the chart dated June 30.

"Friend" is currently available Stateside through Apple Music.

Update, Oct. 24: It was originally stated that BTOB would make a comeback on Nov. 6. The group will make a six-member comeback in November.