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BTS' Jungkook Talks Pressure of Following Up 'Dynamite,' Taking Billie Eilish Inspiration For Solo Mixtape

The singer told Weverse magazine that matching past success sometimes feels like "a burden."

With great success comes great responsibility. That seems to be the case with BTS singer Jungkook, who in a new interview with Weverse magazine revealed that the K-pop group's smash English-language success with the singles "Dynamite" and "Butter" have set what might be un unattainable standard.

"I was never attached to rankings, but as good as it is and as happy as I am since we’ve kept setting records since 'Dynamite,' it also feels like a burden," Jungkook said in response to a question about their second English-language smash, "Butter," riding the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for seven weeks; "Dynamite" sat atop of the Billboard Hot 100 charts for three weeks earlier this year, giving the group their first No. 1 song in the U.S.

"A huge number of people have given me recognition, so I’ve been going along thinking I have to work harder, but we did even better with 'Butter' than with 'Dynamite,' so I think I ended up feeling weighed down," Jungkook said about achieving success beyond his wildest imagination. "That’s what I’m like. BTS is an amazing team, but maybe my problem is that I’m not able to keep up with BTS."

Despite the talk of sometimes feeling out of step, Jungkook gave the ARMY some hope that they will hear more from him soon with some real talk about his long-awaited solo mixtape. Lamenting that the COVID lockdown has kept the band from touring and seeing their beloved fans, Jungkook said the lay-off has made him realize he really needs to "hurry up" and make a solo mixtape.

"I was working on it just before I came. But it’s hard! I could just make it about myself, and then it would be like, I started as a trainee when I was 13, I worked hard, and found success. But anyone could do that," he said, imaging the possible narrative arc of a solo effort.

"So I keep thinking I want to make up my own original, complex story and write the songs from there. Billie Eilish’s debut album left a big mark on me when it came out, in that respect. And it’d be nice to have a cohesive flow to the tracklist, but even if it’s all jumbled up, that’s fine, too, as long the good songs keep on coming. That’s sort of what I’m thinking. So these days, rather than focusing on the album’s story as a whole, I’m just going to write whatever it is I want to say in each song. If I get that feeling right after listening to a track, I’ll try and make it. And I’m going to try to make it a little bit light-hearted."

Though he didn't announce a release date, Jungkook said he's doing his best to "release it as soon as possible. I want to write and record a lot of material."