BTS have officially announced today (July 1) the tracklist for their upcoming â€œButterâ€ CD single that will be released on July 9 â€” with Ed Sheeran as a collaborator. The funny thing is Sheeran already spoiled the name of the collab a few days before the announcement.
The singleâ€™s second track, â€œPermission to Dance,â€ is written by Sheeran, along with Snow Patrol member Johnny McDaid, producer Steve Mac, and â€œButterâ€ co-writer Jenna Andrews. The CD will also include instrumental versions of both songs.
The â€œBad Habitsâ€ singer had begun dropping hints of his new collab with the boy band in an interview with radio show â€œMost Requested Liveâ€ on June 26. â€œIâ€™ve actually worked with BTS on their last record, and Iâ€™ve just written a song for them for their new record and theyâ€™re like, super, super cool guys as well,â€ he said. Sheeran had previously collaborated with BTS by co-writing their 2019 song â€œMake It Right.â€
Big Hit Music, BTSâ€™s agency, later confirmed Sheeranâ€™s comment to Korean news outlet Newsen stating, â€œIt is true that Ed Sheeran is participating in BTS’ new song.â€
On June 28, Sheeran did a Q&A with fans on his Instagram Story, and a fan asked, â€œWhat is your favorite BTS song?â€ He responded, as captured by fans and circulated on social media, â€œIâ€™d say my favorite BTS song is their new song â€˜Permission to Dance.â€™â€ In a follow-up, he also added, â€œYeah, I believe itâ€™s their next single.â€
For the BTS Army overall, todayâ€™s announcement just has been old, if still exciting, news.