BTS Share First 'Map of the Soul: Persona' Concept Photos

The first batch of concept photos for BTS’ upcoming album Map of the Soul: Persona is here, and there are over 100 new pictures of the group for ARMY around the world to enjoy.   

Shared at midnight in Seoul on Monday (April 1), four tweets released through Big Hit Entertainment’s official Twitter account showed a series of photos featuring the members of BTS. Two batches of eight photos each, the collection of images featured group shots of the septet as well as individual pictures of each member, and then some.   

Unlike past conceptual teaser images from the group, Map of the Soul: Persona's visuals aren't quite that: they're photos accompanied by even more photos, offering glimpses at the multitude of personas of BTS.    

The first set of concept images, known as version 1, shows BTS playing around in a photo booth, with one main photo tinted orange surrounded by 16 other miniature shots tinted pink. Meanwhile, the solo shots similarly show off each member in a variety of poses, with each of the seven posing with a variety of objects: V interacts with a selfie stick and phone, Suga holds a camera, Jungkook takes a bite out of chocolate chip cookies, RM parties it up with confetti and fabric, Jin preps with a toothbrush and towel, Jimin shows off his hair static with some balloons and J-Hope aims at the camera with a toy gun while showing off his scarf.   

Each individual photo set features upwards of 20 distinct shots, resulting in version 1’s eight photos featuring well over 100 brand new images of BTS and its members.     

Version 2’s photos similarly emphasize different sides, or personas, of each BTS member, this time leading off with a group shot of the group posing in a bathroom as Jungkook takes a picture aimed at the mirror. Each individual shot features the men prepping in a bathroom on their own, with the pastel-hued, palm-filled frame sharing the spotlight with four-and-a-half black and white images of the same member, similarly primping.

BTS’ Map of the Soul: Persona is set to be released on April 12. It is the group’s first album of 2019, and follows last year’s pair of Billboard 200 chart-toppers, Love Yourself: Tear and Love Yourself: Answer. Last week, BTS' RM was featured in a comeback trailer for the series, with the rapper sharing his "Persona" to the world.


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