At the stroke of midnight, the K-pop superstar unleashed his debut solo LP, Layover.
The collection spans six tracks – the previously released “Rainy Days,” “Blue,” first cut “Love Me Again,” “Slow Dancing,” “For Us” and a bonus track piano version of “Slow Dancing” – and they’re meant to be played in a specific order.
In a release from BIGHIT last month, the music company suggest play tracks from 1-5, noting that “Slow Dancing” is the focus number of the collection, describing it as a “1970s romantic soul style track [that] exudes a laid-back and free-spirited feeling.”
The set is accompanied with a visual stimulant; all five tracks will have official music videos.
As previously reported, V worked with NewJeans creative director/ADOR president Hee Jin Min on the album, with BIGHIT revealing that Min oversaw the entire production of the collection, including music, choreography, design and promotion.
V’s previous solo efforts include “Stigma,” “Singularity,” “Winter Bear” and “Inner Child”; his most recent original solo songs are 2021’s “Christmas Tree,” which was on the soundtrack of the Netflix K-drama Our Beloved Summer and last year’s version of the holiday classic “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.”
The release of V’s collection follows the start of bandmate Suga’s military enlistment process, becoming the third member to enlist in South Korea’s mandatory military service, following Jin and J-Hope.
BTS are, of course, world-beaters with six No.1 Billboard Hot 100 singles since 2020, a growing collection of industry honors (including Billboard Music Awards, American Music Awards and MTV Video Music Awards), and they’re two-time winners of the IFPI’s Global Recording Artist of the Year, in doing so becoming the only group to double up for the prestigious award, and only act to win over consecutive years.
Stream Layover and watch the official music videos below.