Love Yourself: Her

Love Yourself: Her (stylized as LOVE YOURSELF 承 'Her') is the fifth extended play by South Korean boy group BTS. The EP was released on September 18, 2017, by Big Hit Entertainment. The album was released in four versions and contains nine tracks, with "DNA" as its lead single.

Love Yourself: Her
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Digital cover
EP by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 2017 (2017-09-18)
Recorded2016–2017
Genre
Length30:33
LanguageKorean
Label
Producer
  • Pdogg (also exec.)
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Andrew Taggart
  • Matthew Tishler
  • Crash Cove
  • Suga
  • hitman "bang"
  • RM
BTS chronology
Wings
(2016)
Love Yourself: Her
(2017)
Face Yourself
(2018)
Singles from Love Yourself: Her
  1. "DNA"
    Released: September 18, 2017
  2. "MIC Drop"
    Released: November 24, 2017

BackgroundEdit

Love Yourself: Her is the first album to be released since BTS revealed their new "brand identity" on July 4, 2017, complete with a new, simplified logo.[1] On September 18, the album was released alongside the music video for its lead single, "DNA".[2] In the 24 hours after release, the "DNA" music video had been viewed 21 million times, becoming the first K-pop group music video to reach over 20 million views in 24 hours.[3]

CompositionEdit

Sonically, the EP served as "a dual exploration of the group's electro-pop and hip-hop leanings," with the first half consisting of "dance tracks that emphasize the group's vocals" while in the second half "the act's hip-hop side arrives in earnest...delivering powerful rap performances."[4]

"Love Yourself" series which sought the enlightenment of self-love through the "起承轉結" (Korean: 기승전결; RR: Giseungjeongyeol) narrative sequence of "beginning, development, turn, and conclusion."[5] In the narrative sequence, the EP represented the "承," or "development" of the series and is considered by RM to be one of the major turning points in BTS' career.[6] Within the larger narrative, Love Yourself: Her described the joy and happiness of falling in love.[5] Sonically, the EP served as "a dual exploration of the group's electro-pop and hip-hop leanings".[7]

Commercial performanceEdit

During the period of August 25 to 31, there were 1,051,546 stock pre-orders, making BTS the first K-pop group to reach more than one million pre-orders.[8]

Love Yourself: Her debuted at number one in Korea on the Gaon Album Chart,[9] while "DNA" debuted at number two on the Gaon Digital Chart, with all tracks from the EP also placing in the top 40 of the chart.[10] The EP opened at number seven on the US Billboard 200, making it the highest-charting K-pop album on the chart and biggest sales week of a K-pop album until the release of BTS' own Love Yourself: Tear in 2018.[11][12] It achieved 31,000 album-equivalent units, of which 18,000 were in pure album sales.[11] This made BTS the first Asian artist in seven years to debut within the top ten of the chart, surpassing the record set by Filipino singer Charice with her eponymous American debut album, which debuted at number eight in 2010.[13] On October 7, 2017, BTS made their debut on the UK Albums Chart with the EP, peaking at number 14.[14]

According to the monthly Gaon Album Chart released on October 14, Love Yourself: Her was the highest-selling release of September 2017, with 1,203,533 copies sold since its release on September 18. The album also had the second highest monthly sales in the history of the Gaon Chart,[15] and was the first in 16 years to exceed 1.2 million copies sold since g.o.d's fourth album Chapter 4, which was released in November 2001.[16][17] Love Yourself: Her became BTS' highest-selling album at the time, overtaking their 2016 album Wings,[18] as well as becoming one of the best selling albums in the history of the Gaon Chart with over 2.2 million copies sold as of April 2020.[19]

The EP won the grand prize at the 32nd Golden Disc Awards in the Physical Category on January 11, 2018.[20]

After debuting at number two on the Japanese Oricon Albums Chart, the EP moved to number one in its second week.[21]

The album remained on the Billboard 200 for 44 weeks, the first Korean album to do so.[22] Seventeen magazine called it one of "The 8 Best Albums of 2017 So Far."[23]

AccoladesEdit

Year-end lists
Critic/Publication List Rank Ref.
Affinity Magazine Top 10 Best K-Pop Albums of 2017 8 [24]
Bandwagon Best Albums of 2017: Staff Picks N/A [25]
Billboard The 20 Best K-pop Albums of 2017: Critics' Picks 3 [26]
Interpark Best Albums of 2017 3 [27]
SBS 2017 Best Albums 3 [28]
Awards
Year Organization Award Result Ref
2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards Qoo10 Album of the Year Nominated [29]
Hanteo Awards Album Award Won [30]
10th Philippine K-pop Awards Album of the Year Won [31]
2018 Golden Disc Awards Album Division – Bonsang Won [32]
Album Division – Daesang Won
Korean Music Awards Best Pop Album Nominated [33]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
IZM     [34]
The Star7/10[35]

Billboard writer Tamar Herman described the EP as "a dual exploration of the group's electro-pop and hip-hop leanings", with the first half consisting of “dance tracks that emphasize the group's vocals" while in the second half "the act's hip-hop side arrives in earnest...delivering powerful rap performances."[36] Viri Garcia of The Cornell Daily Sun commended BTS for "trying to achieve a sound closer to pop while keeping their own signature sounds" and succeeding in creating a "masterpiece full of emotion and musicality that can't be paralleled by any American or Korean act."[37] However, Monique Melendez from Spin summarized the album as "thematically confident in its separate halves but musically disparate", with the group refusing to compromise on a specific musical direction. Melendez further commented that Love Yourself 承 'Her' came up short compared to BTS' past works, such as Wings and The Most Beautiful Moment in Life, Part 1 and Part 2, in which "visuals, lyrics, and sounds united under fully-realized concepts."[38]

The EP's lead single "DNA" was featured on Vulture as one of the "8 Best New Songs of the Week", describing the track as the "sound of a boy band headed in a new direction plotted for crossover domination“ and one that "recategorizes BTS by shrugging off genre entirely."[39] The New York Times pop music critic Jon Caramanica wrote that while BTS' music often exhibits the “flamboyance and sometimes manic energy" that is characteristic of K-pop, Love Yourself: Her takes a remarkably "tranquil approach” to the genre through side tracks such as "Pied Piper", which he described as "a slow disco number that's emphatic in its relaxation." Caramanica additionally highlighted "Outro: Her" as a track with a hip hop beat that is "lush with instrumentation, and moves with a casual saunter reminiscent of the mid 1990s."[40] Tamar Herman also offered praises for the lyrical delivery of "Pied Piper", and stated, "A take on K-pop's rampant and highly profitable fan culture, 'Pied Piper,' is BTS doing what they do best: addressing a societal problem through their jaunty music." Herman called the track "BTS' most subversive song of their career."[41]

Track listingEdit

The credits are adapted from the official album profile on Naver.[42]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro: Serendipity"
  • Slow Rabbit
2:19
2."DNA"
  • Pdogg
  • "hitman" bang
  • Supreme Boi
  • Suga
  • RM
  • Kass
  • Pdogg
3:43
3."Best of Me"
  • Andrew Taggart
  • Pdogg
3:46
4."보조개" (Dimple)
  • Matthew Tishler
  • Crash Cove
3:16
5."Pied Piper"
  • Jinbo
  • "hitman" bang
  • RM
  • Suga
  • J-Hope
  • Pdogg
  • Kass
  • Pdogg
4:05
6."Skit: Billboard Music Awards Speech"PdoggPdogg1:43
7."MIC Drop"
  • Pdogg
  • "hitman" bang
  • J-Hope
  • RM
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
3:57
8."고민보다 Go" (Go Go)
  • "hitman" bang
  • Supreme Boi
  • Pdogg
  • Pdogg
3:55
9."Outro: Her"
  • Suga
  • Slow Rabbit
  • RM
  • J-Hope
  • Suga
  • Slow Rabbit
3:49
Total length:30:33
Physical edition hidden tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
10."Skit: 망설임과 두려움" (Skit: Hesitation and Fear)
  • "hitman" bang
  • Pdogg
  • "hitman" bang
  • Pdogg
8:32
11."바다" (Sea)
  • RM
  • Slow Rabbit
  • Suga
  • J-Hope
5:15
Total length:44:20

ChartsEdit

Certifications and salesEdit

Release historyEdit

Country Date Format Label
South Korea September 18, 2017
United States
Japan
Various Big Hit

See alsoEdit

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