Two South Korean legends, BTS' Jimin and BIGBANG's Taeyang, are reportedly collaborating for the latter's comeback album.
On December 9, 2022, JTBC published an exclusive report stating that the BTS and BIGBANG members were all set for an all-time great collaboration. Both groups have proved to be iconic in their own might.
Moreover, since foraying into solo activities, Jimin has released only one song - a With You duet OST with Ha Sung-woon for the drama, Our Blues.
Other BTS members have often mentioned that Jimin has been working hard for his solo album. However, as the JTBC report states, the Butter singer isn't only prepping for an album but also an iconic collaboration. Taeyang is reported to have a solo comeback in January 2023, which will arrive nearly six years after his last release, White Night, in August 2017.
YG Entertainment briefly responds to the collaboration of BTS' Jimin and BIGBANG's Taeyang
BIGBANG debuted in 2006 under YG Entertainment and became one of the most legendary groups in South Korea. Third-generation idols such as BTS grew up listening to their songs BANG BANG BANG, Bad Boy, FANTASTIC BABY, and many more are considered classics even today.
Jimin, on the other hand, debuted with BTS under then Big Hit Entertainment, now BIGHIT MUSIC, in 2013. While the Bad Boy group made strides in the overseas market, spreading the Hallyu Wave in other countries, the Butter singers made it go international, especially breaking into the American music industry.
While the rumored collaboration has fans riled up, it is pertinent to note that his agency, YG Entertainment, has not yet confirmed reports of BIGBANG Taeyang’s solo comeback in January.
However, just hours after JTBC's report on the rumored collaboration on December 9, YG Entertainment gave a brief response:
“We’re currently checking [whether it’s true]”
BIGHIT MUSIC is yet to comment on the collaboration rumors.
K-pop fans excited as the collaboration rumors bring two legends together
BIGBANG's Taeyang and BTS' Jimin are known for their impressive, smooth vocals. Since the news was released, K-pop fans have been over the moon about the potential collaboration. Despite a ruthless fanwar already taking place between VIPs (BIGBANG's fandom) and ARMYs (BTS' fandom), a group of fans was supportive of the rumored collaboration.
Multiple past videos and interview translations of BTS' Jimin calling Taeyang his role model, covering his viral song Eyes, Nose, Lips, and more swirled around on social media. Take a look at fans' positive reaction to the rumor and Taeyang's potential comeback below:
Meanwhile, if the album's feature turns out to be accurate, it will be BTS' Jimin's first on a South Korean artist's album. Previously, SUGA collaborated with the Gangnam Style hitmaker PSY for That That, which became a viral sensation in the country, while j-hope joined hands with Crush, another famous singer, for Rush Hour.
If true, BIGBANG might just be added to BTS' iconic collaboration roster.