It’s the most exciting time of the year. The Los Angeles based band, BTS, just released their new album, Map of the Soul: 7 and it’s been receiving lots of critical acclaim and popular support from fans. The unique part of BTS’ story is that they’ve managed to achieve massive success while being open about their mental health/suicide attempts. Lead singer, RM, spoke candidly about his own experiences with depression and the band’s latest album is largely inspired by his past struggles as well as his views on mental health. The album’s title track, “Map of the Soul”, was inspired by the singer’s bout of clinical depression. Fortunately, RM’s candor about his past and willingness to speak about mental health seems to have positively impacted his life and the lives of many others. BTS is arguably one of the most influential bands of the 2010s. Despite the tremendous accolades and success the band has enjoyed, they continue to be modest and grounded as individuals.
How to Get Tickets to See BTS
Although BTS is on their way to becoming one of the most popular bands in the world, they continue to be accessible to the average fan. Their songs are available for purchase on streaming platforms and they continue to tour the United States regularly. When they are in town, BTS typically holds smaller, more intimate shows. As a result, it’s much easier for fans to have access to the band. This past year, BTS has visited numerous cities across the U.S. It’s currently unknown how much money the band makes per show, but we can assume it’s a large sum considering they can fill large concert halls and arenas around the world. Even their most ardent fans may be surprised by how fortunate they are to be able to see BTS live. Although their stories are incomparable, it’s important not to overlook the significance of their music in this regard.
As previously mentioned, BTS’ new album, Map of the Soul, is inspired by their singer’s experiences with mental health. The press has noted that this is the first time BTS has ever truly addressed these subjects and, as a result, the album is deeply personal. In an interview with Billboard, the band’s bass guitarist, Jin, discussed how important it was to them to shed light on these issues. “There were a lot of times where we were scared to leave the house, to go on stage, to do interviews. We were really, really nervous about talking about our mental health and making it a part of our identity, because we’re not supposed to like this,” he said. “This is something that we needed to do, and not for fame or fortune, but just to be able to connect with our fans. The most important thing to us is that we want them to understand us, to relate to us. We don’t want this to be something that’s only associated with our music. This is something that affects all of us, even those who aren’t directly related to us, and it’s something that we need to speak about.”
Mental Health Awareness Month
In the midst of all of this, we need to remember that April is Mental Health Awareness Month. Each year, this time in the spring has a different theme. This year, the focus is on suicide prevention. Many major brands and corporations dedicate entire months in the spring to raising awareness about mental health issues. Last year, Google dedicated mental health awareness month to their senior AI researchers in order to increase their efforts to prevent AI misuse. Hopefully, this initiative will inspire more people to speak openly about their mental health, seek the help they need and continue to make a positive impact in this area.
Whether you’re a fan of BTS or not, it’s important to show support for those who are fighting to be able to speak about mental health. These are issues that affect us all and it’s time that we start addressing them. This past year, BTS has undoubtedly raised the bar for conversations about mental health. As a result, this may be the year where we see a larger shift in society’s view of mental health. For as long as there have been artists, there have been songs about love, loss and heartbreak. This is simply the next step in the process of evolving as a society and it’s one that we need to embrace.