Did permission to dance break any records?
Much like their 2021 summer single, 'Permission To Dance' is already breaking records. The teaser of the music video, that gave ARMY a taste of what is to come, topped worldwide YouTube trends. Times of IndiaBTS' new track 'Permission to Dance' is reminding fans of One Direction and their songs 'Steal My Girl',
BTS thrilled fans with the release of their second English-language single of the summer, following up "Butter" with their next sunny jam, "Permission to Dance." Both tracks were co-written by songwriter/producer Jenna Andrews, who offered an exclusive look at how the magical music process came together.
As it turns out, it was Andrews who came up with the magical hook that kicks off the double-platinum hit "Butter," when she, songwriter/producer Steve Mac and the members of BTS shared notes in virtual brainstorming sessions, due to pandemic restrictions.
"We held a bunch of trial and error sessions... until one night, where Ron [Perry, co-producer and Columbia Records Chairman & CEO] said that they were looking for something similar to Michael Jackson’s 'Smooth Criminal,'" she told ET via email. "The first thing that popped into my head was 'smooth like butter, like a criminal undercover.' It came completely from instinct... From that point, we knew that we had something very special."
"The next question was, how do we make this special for the BTS guys? We all thought that the '90s references in some of the lyrics were really fun so we looked to old Usher songs, we bounced off other Michael Jackson-related themes as well, we just really wanted to have fun with it," Andrews continued, noting that the process took a couple months in total to finalize the song and make sure "everyone involved [loved] the track equally."
"RM was a huge contributor to a lot of the writing," she added. "It was his idea to include the rap section at the end and that decision, in my mind, completed the song. The cherry on top."
After the mega success of "Butter," Andrews was invited by BigHit Entertainment to team up with BTS once again for "Permission to Dance," which was also co-written by Ed Sheeran, through more virtual brainstorming sessions with the BTS group members. "Even though it was a very odd way to work, we made it happen through our little network by passing our notes back and forth and it turned out to be perfect in the end," she recalled.
The super-fun English-language pop track, which encourages listeners that they "don't need permission to dance," already has nearly 60 million views on YouTube, less than 24 hours after the song's release. And Andrews says the support from fans of the K-pop group is "absolutely incredible."
"It feels surreal, and I could not be more grateful," she raved. "Even watching the 'Permission to Dance' video last night, I was overwhelmed and proud of the music that we created, truly blessed. It’s been such a crazy and horrible time over this last year with the pandemic and I really hope that records like these can spread joy and brightness into people’s lives."
That message is certainly in sync with the positivity that BTS says they hope to bring their devoted ARMY with every track, and Andrews says she'd "of course" love to team up with the group again in the future.
"I wish I could work with them forever," she said. "They’ve changed my life to say the least. I absolutely adore the boys and the entire BigHit family, so I’m crossing my fingers that we can continue this great thing that we have going."
"Seeing the positive reception worldwide has completely blown my mind," she added. "Even going back and forth with ARMY on Twitter and other platforms and receiving their approval and support has been so surreal. I can truly say that I’m reaching people all across the world with my art, and that’s inspiring me to push harder and harder to keep that going."
And she shows no signs of slowing down. In addition to her BTS hits, Andrews also worked on the Galantis/Little Mix/David Guetta collab, "Heartbreak Anthem," which peaked at No. 3 on the UK singles chart, as well as the new Dillon Francis track, "Love Me Better" and the lead single for the upcoming animated film My Little Pony: A New Generation, which comes out Sept. 24 on Netflix.
"I’ve been keeping my foot on the gas to say the least," she shared. "I’m trying to keep a forward momentum while also keeping myself busy and creatively inspired, and I’m trying to do that by working with as many of my fellow creatives as possible."
This week's new music releases also include "NDA," Billie Eilish's latest single from her upcoming album, Happier Than Ever; Jennifer Lopez's sunny summer collab with Rauw Alejando, "Cambio el Paso;" and Post Malone's first solo release since his acclaimed 2019 album Hollywood's Burning -- a new single titled "Motley Crew."
The Space Jam: A New Legacy soundtrack also officially dropped, featuring tracks by Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin, Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, 24kGoldn, Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Saweetie, Leon Bridges, Anthony Ramos, Big Freedia, BROCKHAMPTON and more.
Read on for some of our favorite recommendations for new songs and albums to listen to this week -- plus, where you can stream them now!
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BTS' 'Butter,' 'Permission To Dance,' and 'Dynamite' now hold the top 3 biggest Spotify counter debuts of all time
10 July, 2021 - 12:48pm
BTS just broke another one of their own records!
The feat makes 'Permission To Dance' the second-biggest Spotify counter debut of all time, following the May 2021 release, 'Butter,' which holds first place with 20.9 million streams.
BTS round up the top 3 Spotify counter debuts with 'Dynamite' - off their 2020 album, BE - clocking in 12.6 million streams on the counter on its first day of release.
The group also holds the top 2 biggest debuts on the Spotify Global Chart for 2021 with 'Butter' taking the top spot, followed by 'Permission To Dance.'
The track, co-written by Ed Sheeran, also broke 10 million YouTube views in less than an hour - making it one of BTS' fastest music videos to reach the milestone.
BTS are set to perform their 2021 hit singles on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on 13 and 14 July.
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Of the numerous high-profile releases that entered the market Friday, BTS’ “Permission To Dance” posted the biggest global streaming total on Spotify.
According to the official Spotify Charts tracker, “Permission To Dance” received 7,339,385 streams on Friday. The impressive count ranked as the best for a new entry — and the #2 mark overall. Only Måneskin’s “Beggin’,” the subject of 7,979,485 worldwide spins, enjoyed a bigger day.
The Kid LAROI & Justin Bieber’s “Stay” also made Friday’s Top 5, earning #4 with 6,399,418 spins.
— “Permission To Dance” concurrently debuted at #6 on the US chart with 1,033,060 American streams on Friday. “Stay” scored #1 in America, courtesy of its 2,345,992 spins.
— “Permission To Dance” was released alongside “Butter” as part of a new CD single. “Butter” also had a big day, rising six spots to #6 on the Global Chart and fourteen places to #16 on the US listing.
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09 July, 2021 - 03:30pm
BTS is giving us all a reason to get up on our feet this weekend, courtesy of the super group's new collab with Ed Sheeran. The guys dance their hearts out in the sun-soaked desert, where new music videos from almost monday and Brynn Elliott also take place.
Plus, Billie Eilish drops another bomb on the road to her next album, Happier Than Ever, and Alana Springsteen delivers a breakup song that fans of Olivia Rodrigo's "deja vu" will adore—with a country twist. "Go ahead, take a spin with your new girlfriend with the windows down / Take her out to the same spot we got stuck," croons the singer, who is "giving zero trucks."
What follows are our picks for the best of the best.
Your playlist for the weekend of July 9-11 has arrived. Enjoy!
BTS — "Permission to Dance"
We already knew the Grammy-nominated South Korean band was smooth like butter, but now we know they can cut a rug, too.
BTS added the joyous "Permission to Dance" to the CD single "Butter" on Friday, and its desert-set music video has already racked up more than 55 million views on YouTube (surprising exactly zero people). The seven members, sporting colorful hairdos and cowboy attire, tapped Ed Sheeran and music producer Steve Mac—who has also worked with One Direction and Demi Lovato—to help "Permission to Dance" come to life.
As Sheeran shared on Insta, "Wrote this song a while ago and so happy it's being heard on such a world stage and being sung by such talented people."
Billie Eilish — "NDA"
Eilish is serving up a five-course meal before letting us feast on her second studio album, Happier Than Ever. The record-setting Grammy winner shared her fifth single and, despite the title, we can talk about it and all its dark glam glory.
The music video, which the 19 year old directed, shows her singing about limousines, money, Satan and non-disclosure agreements all within the first verse.
"I kept picturing legs, and girls and shapes and darkness," Eilish told Apple Music's Zane Lowe of its earlier versions. "And I was just like, 'We have to make something to this, because this is a waste otherwise.' We literally made that whole song in two days or something... But it was a fun, satisfying-ass process."
Alana Springsteen — "Zero Trucks"
Country music's rising star gives "Zero Trucks" about her ex in her latest number, which is already being described as the "breakup song of the summer." Springsteen, who got her first guitar at age 7 before moving to Nashville as a teen, said the twangy tune "brought me so much joy" to create.
If Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats" was your jam in 2005, meet your next obsession—with a more mature message about moving on.
almost monday — "til the end of time"
It may be Friday, but almost monday proves its their time to shine. The alt trio, hailing from San Diego, just dropped its second EP, til the end of time, as well as the music video for the titular track. Vocalist Dawson Daugherty stars as a pizza delivery guy who crashes a private jet, before it crashes into a wasteland. Bassist Luke Fabry and guitarist Cole Clisby help him serenade a lover with, "You and me were taking flight / It's like ooooh We live a thousand lives."
E! readers will also be interested in hearing their older ode about Hailey Bieber, not-so-subtly called "hailey beebs," in which they sing, "High socks 'til your knees / Just like Hailey Beebs / I'm just waiting on you, baby." Justin Bieber better watch out!
Brynn Elliott — "Can I Be Real?"
Real talk: "Can I Be Real?" is a real mood. Elliott's crystal clear voice and message of self-realization make her latest song a must-listen for fans of Brandi Carlile, Alanis Morissette and Grace Potter, who have all welcomed Elliott on stage as a special guest.
The Los Angeles-based artist, who previously studied philosophy at Harvard, wrote on Instagram, "I wanted to film this video in a way that felt raw and real and the desert felt like that. I also wanted to channel all of my live performance energy with my incredible band because when I am on stage I feel like I can truly be real." She added, "Like I say in the song, I am an over thinker but playing live music is the only space where I don't think. It's the one space in my life where I am free to be totally me."
Lost Kings feat. Goody Grace — "Me Myself & Adderall"
The DJs just released a ballad you can actually dance to! "Excuse me while I fall apart / Yeah I deserve this broken heart," shares Goody Grace on the track by Robert Abisi and Nick Shanholtz, who are responsible for the remixes of Halsey's "Ghost," Imagine Dragons' "I Bet My Life" and Rihanna's "Work." If it's time for you to cure those post-pandemic blues with a concert, Lost Kings will play "Me Myself & Adderall" live for the first time at Lollapalooza on July 31.
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