BTS’ Collaboration with Western Artists: Steve Aoki, Nicki Minaj, Halsey, etc.

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Meet BTS, the South Korean Boy Band From Seoul Who Has Achieved Huge Success Internationally

BTS is comprised of RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook: skilled dancers, singers, and rappers, who were brought together through a series of auditions in 2011 and 2012. They debuted in 2013 and are under the auspices of the South Korean entertainment company Big Hit Entertainment.

BTS is the K-Pop band that is taking over the world. Many people say that the subject of their music has played a part in their success. While many K-Pop songs are about relationships and love, BTS cover subjects that other bands may not, like bullying, elitism, and mental health and this is among the reasons why they have achieved such success and are known throughout the world. They have even managed to collaborate with several famous Western artists.

In this article, we have made a list of their collaboration songs with Western artists. Stay tuned!

BTS’ RM feat. Mandy Ventrice – Fantastic

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The song was released on August 4th, 2015, and is part of the soundtrack of the movie Fantastic Four. The track is about the suffering and trauma of the four superheroes in the movie. Rap Monster previously expressed, “As much as this movie is a large-scale production with visuals that stand out, I made this track to of course be exciting with a lot of tension. I hope for a lot of anticipation.” So as you probably expected, he composed and wrote the lyrics to the song himself!

I Want to be normal
I Want to be left alone
But everything about me is special
I Just Can’t
When I was lost
Music Found Me

BTS’ RM feat. Warren G – P.D.D

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After meeting Warren G for BTS’ reality show American Hustle Life, their leader hooked up with the West Coast hip-hop veteran for “P.D.D.” aka “Please Don’t Die.” The 2015 track is pretty good but has since definitely been surpassed by his solo material, other collaborations, and BTS’ own tracks.

The lyrics mean that RM wants his haters to witness his success, as a form of revenge, to kinda say, “Hey, I know you hated on me back then but look at me now!” This message is also conveyed further in the song.

All the haters do you wanna ride with me
Now you can ride with me
Keyboard warriors do you wanna ride with me
Now you can ride with me

BTS (Ed Sheeran) – Make It Right

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BTS’ highly anticipated Map Of The Soul: Persona album and the group has dropped some last-minute news that along with the Halsey-featuring single “Boy With Luv,” the EP will also feature a long-awaited Ed Sheeran collaboration.

Announced through a press release, “Make It Right” is described as a “delicate” collaboration track with Sheeran. In December, BTS’ Suga tweeted a teaser image of a song he was working on, addressing Sheeran and saying, “This is for you.”

Ed Sheeran might not feature physically on this Map Of The Soul: Persona track but he definitely made his presence felt. The track sounds more like the Korean group has decided to cover one of his own tracks and chucked in some lines in their native language than anything else, lacking the magic of a typical BTS track.

I could make it better
I could hold you tighter
On that long road
Oh you’re the light

BTS feat. Steve Aoki – MIC Drop

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When word about a triple threat BTS x Steve Aoki ft. Desiigner collaboration first got out in November 2017, fans flipped out (and rightfully so). The power-packed hip-hop smash, in which the members of BTS sing about their rising international success, went on to make history by hitting gold in the U.S. — making BTS the first Korean group to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

The collaboration is so iconic, Aoki and Desiigner even went ahead and got matching “Mic Drop” tattoos.

I bet it got my haters hella sick (hella sick)
Come and follow me, follow me with your signs up
I’m so firin’, firin’, boy, your time’s up

BTS feat. Steve Aoki – Waste It On Me

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This song was released on October 25th, 2018. “Waste It On Me” follows two prior collaborations between Aoki and the popular septet. He remixed their song “Mic Drop” for a variant featuring Desiigner last year, and this year’s Love Yourself: Tear saw him work with the group on the vocalists’ (Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, and V) song called “The Truth Untold.” “Mic Drop (Remix)” went on to become RIAA certified gold.

Based on the brief preview shared when people tweet the hashtag for the song, it sounds like “Waste It On Me” will be an ambient EDM track. The lyrics heard so far are in English, potentially setting “Waste It On Me” to be BTS’ first song entirely in the language.

So we don’t gotta go there
Past lovers and warfare
It’s just you and me now
I don’t know your secrets
But I’ll pick up the pieces
Pull you close to me now

BTS’ RM feat. Wale – Change

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The story of how RM and American rapper Wale met is one you’re probably very familiar with if you’re in the ARMY — the two initially connected over Twitter. One thing led to another and a few months later, in March 2017, they collectively released the politically-minded hit that is “Change.”

Kill people with fingers on Twitter
More than a gun, more than a knife
The tip of your tongue just glitter

BTS feat. Zara Larsson – A Brand New Day

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Produced by Mura Masa, this Zara Larsson-featuring track from the BTS World soundtrack was released on June 14th, 2019, the seven-piece Korea with oriental flourishes and an opening melody played on the traditional Korean string instrument the haegeum. It’s a great reflection of the band’s two worlds, combining those sounds with more modern, western production.
I know you got them big dreams too
You can show me yours if you want to
They’re beautiful
We can look at them for hours
And surrender to their power