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Jungkook unveils ‘Golden’ solo album

SOUTH KOREA (ANN/THE KOREAN HERALD) – Jungkook, a member of BTS, has released his debut solo album, “Golden,” showcasing his remarkable journey since his debut in the K-pop scene. The album, consisting of 11 tracks, features the title song “Standing Next to You.”

In addition to the title track, “Golden” includes his previously released singles, “Seven” and “3D.” Jungkook shared his excitement for the album, emphasising the retro funk genre of the title track, which carries a message of togetherness.

“The title track is of the retro funk genre and it sings about always staying together wherever and whenever. The performance for this song is the best of all the other solo performances I’ve ever done, so please look forward to it,” said Jungkook in a pre-recorded video shared with local reporters. “In this album, I tried to mix in my style and my interpretation of the old school, retro genre by adding trendy beats and making them easier to listen to.”

All of the tracks in this album are in English as Jungkook looks to target the global audience.

Jungkook releases his first official solo album, ‘Golden,’ on Friday. PHOTO: Big Hit Music

Despite the worldwide success of his solo singles “Seven” and “3D,” released prior to the official album drop, Jungkook remains humble over his accomplishments.

“I am still not used to being called a ‘global pop star’ but I hope to continue doing my best to live up to that title,” said Jungkook.

“I continue to challenge myself to perform on diverse stages and try out diverse genres. Some could say that’s greed but I think there are so many things that I haven’t tried. I will continue to move forward until I am satisfied with myself.”

This year marks the 10th debut anniversary of BTS, and during its 10 years, the group has become a worldwide K-pop sensation and wrote many firsts in K-pop history.

“Our fans are the greatest motivation for us to release a new album and to perform. Because of them, I am living my golden moment. I hope to continue this momentum along with my members. Our golden moment is not over,” said Jungkook.

The global pop star emphasised that BTS will be back by 2025.

“We’ve grown stronger, releasing solo singles and albums. I promise you that BTS will be back even better. I think I look forward to that time more than my fans do,” said Jungkook.