K-pop boy band BTS are great at throwing their global fan base into a frenzy. On Aug. 22, the South Korean hitmakers stirred up excitement by releasing an official teaser for their upcoming music video for “Idol,” which is slated to be released tomorrow. The preview has already garnered more than 13 million views on YouTube (Watch it above). “Idol” is a track from BTS’ highly-anticipated upcoming album Love Yourself: Answer, which also drops tomorrow, Aug. 24, via Big Hit Entertainment.
Nicki Minaj is rumored to be featured in the song, with fan speculation growing momentum since the song was shazamed and her name popped up according to one Twitter user.
Korean symbolism appears throughout the clip, including a tiger, which is generally considered to be a guardian animal and a symbol of courage and power and is also pictured on the Korean national football team uniform. The sun that’s featured in the center of the Korean flag is also pictured in the video, JHope and RM are wearing traditional Korean hats (called gats) in the clip, and all the boys are wearing modernized versions of Korean Yangban outfits, which symbolize nobility. Finally, that dry cough from Jungkook at the end of the teaser could also be a nod to a habit of the Yangban (ruling class) to silence an audience or indicate annoyance, instead of speaking out loud.
Love Yourself: Answer is the final installment in the BTS Love Yourself album series, following Love Yourself: Tear which was released in May and made history as the first album from a Korean artist to top the Billboard 200 albums chart in the U.S. The band also scored two Guinness World Records, one of which they earned by dethroning Harry Styles from his highest number of Twitter engagements reign.
BTS has been busy this summer performing on their Love Yourself World tour. The band will perform at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California for four non-consecutive nights on Sept. 5 (Tickets), Sept. 6. (Tickets), Sept. 8 (Tickets), and Sept. 9 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for BTS updates.