At midnight on October 20, BTS revealed their first concept photo for BE exactly one month before the album’s release date. Now, ARMY is hard at work trying to figure out the meaning behind it. Here are 7 intriguing possibilities!
1. The set
The concept photo’s set is reminding fans of this video shared on Jimin‘s birthday. In it, Jimin can be seen hanging out by an art piece by artist Jason Moran at the Whitney Museum in New York.
— 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) October 12, 2020
Moran’s “Slugs’ Saloon” (2018) is an ode to jazz, and it shares many similarities with BTS’s BE set. According to some fans, BTS might have been inspired by Moran’s art.
2. “Moving On”
One of the central themes for BE is “life goes on”. The blue-walled set might be a nod to BTS’s 2015 song “Moving On”, which describes their first dorm.
I remember how we came here three years ago
When you and I used to fight all the time
The wallpaper, bathroom and veranda were all blue
— “Moving On” lyrics (Genius English Translation)
3. The painting
Was painting in the background created by Suga? It’s possible.
Its use of color, composition, and texture is similar to his works.
What is the meaning behind the painting? This fan thinks it could be linked to the WINGS era.
— ᴮᴇ𝗧𝙣𝓒𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓻𝔂🍒࿐ ་ ⁷ (@BTNCherry__) October 19, 2020
It also bears a slight resemblance to this famous scene of BTS by the sea.
4. A hint of WINGS
Could BTS be taking us back in time to the WINGS era? Jimin’s bared shoulder is reminding ARMYs of his “accidental” jacket move from “Blood, Sweat & Tears”.
— ᏂᎧᏰᎥᴮᴱ⁷ ^♡^ (@darkmoonhobi) October 19, 2020
5. BE blue
Will the album art for BE be blue? It sure seems that way after seeing BTS’s concept photo, their recent performances…
…and the MAP OF THE SOUL pop-up shop.
6. BTS the band
BTS the idol group could be transforming into BTS the band, according to this theory.
we failed to notice every hint that they gave!!!
BE is all about musical instruments. It’s a “self produce album”. Maybe they will perform using all of these!!?? ARE YOU READY??? ARE YOU FREAKING READY TO SEE BTS PERFORM USING THESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS??? cuz im not #BTS_BE pic.twitter.com/hMYeTBzqZR
— babe⁷ (@jiminchimmy_p) October 19, 2020
7. Welcome back, Mr. Jung!
If you thought the MAP OF THE SOUL era was over, think again! This ARMY has linked BTS’s new black and white Twitter theme to psychologist Carl Jung‘s theories.
NOW HOLD ON—
ANIMUS = MASCULINE PART OF THE SOUL
ANIMA = FEMININE PART OF THE SOUL
YIN = FEMALE PRINCIPLE OF THE UNIVERSE
YANG = MALE PRINCIPLE OF THE UNIVERSE
HOLD ON. pic.twitter.com/KpnYJph4q2
— ❂ shari⁷ᴮᴱ✜♡ᴺᵒ¹ (@koospanda) October 19, 2020
It looks like they might be on to something. BTS has been hinting that black and white will, in some way, play a part in BE.
theyve been posting b&w pics.. the layouts are all b&w… could this be a clue?👀 pic.twitter.com/xZpGnsQMeE
— ᴮᴱchan🍁⁷ is studying (@triviapath) October 19, 2020