“Permission to Dance” is one of the tracks on BTS‘s first English single album, Butter/Permission to Dance which was released on July 9th, 2021. “Permission to Dance” is the second track on the dance-pop album after “Butter”. “Permission to Dance” is a dance/electronic genre song released at the same time as the album release by HYBE LABELS and Sony Music. This 3-minute-7-second song has a cheerful melody and music beat.

Background of “Permission to Dance”

Prior to releasing “Permission to Dance”, BTS released their second English single titled “Butter” on May 21st, 2021. This song was a huge success and became the opening song for the big world football match Euro 2020 Final. Furthermore, HYBE LABELS announced the release of the CD “Butter” with a new song on June 15th, 2021. The title track of the second single album Butter was revealed on July 1st, 2021. The title track is “Permission to Dance”. HYBE LABELS then released a teaser for “Permission to Dance” on their YouTube channel. The “Permission to Dance” Official Teaser was released on July 6th, 2021. This teaser features the seven BTS members. The teaser opens with Suga carrying a magazine with a cover that reads “2022 THE BEGINNING OF A NEW ERA”. Next, you can see all the BTS members and a snippet of “Permission to Dance” sung by V. This teaser has been viewed more than 29.7 million times and earned 4.5 million likes. Let’s watch the “Permission to Dance” Official Teaser below!

The Story of “Permission to Dance”

“Permission to Dance” is one of BTS’s songs completely sung in English. This song was considered very successful and even “Permission to Dance Challenge” was trending on various social media platforms. It turns out that the success of this single can not be separated from the role of the writers and music composers. Besides having written “Make It Right”, one of the songs on the album Map of The Soul: Persona, Ed Sheeran also contributed to creating “Permission to Dance”. The famous British singer is an important figure behind the success of BTS’s single “Permission to Dance”. Ed Sheeran revealed his involvement in making songs for BTS during his interview with Most Requested Live on June 27th, 2021. “I’ve actually worked with BTS on their last record, and I’ve just written a song for their new record.” Ed Sheeran co-wrote “Permission to Dance” with Johny McDaid, Steve Mac, and Jenna Andrews. The production of this song was handled by Steve Mac, Jenna Andrews, and Stephen Kirk. “Permission to Dance” is a dance-pop song that is very upbeat and brings joy.

Ed Sheeran’s Opinion About “Permission to Dance”

Ed Sheeran was a key figure behind the success of “Permission to Dance”. The singer of “Perfect” has an extraordinary talent for writing music. That’s why ARMYs were so excited when they found out that Ed Sheeran co-wrote the music for BTS’s comeback song. Ed Sheeran held a Q&A session to greet his fans on social media. ARMY joined in and asked Ed Sheeran some questions about his collaboration with BTS. Ed answered BTS fans’ questions about the collaboration. “Well, yes, the new song is coming soon.” Next, fans asked Ed about his favorite BTS song. Ed answered very wisely that his favorite song was a BTS song which was about to be released at the time, “Permission to Dance”. “I’d say my favorite BTS song is their new groovy song, “Permission to Dance”.” Ed leaked the title track of BTS’s comeback at the time and fans started flooding Twitter with glee. “PERMISSION TO DANCE IS COMING” became a trending topic on Twitter in various countries at that time. Ed Sheeran closed the Q&A session by answering another question from ARMY. The question is which BTS member is his favorite. Again, Ed answered very wisely. “Well, they’re all as cool as each other. I’m never going to win by saying someone is cooler than someone else. I think they’re all great.”

Touching Lyrics

“Permission to Dance” has a cheerful melody and a very distinctive and cool choreography. But it turns out that the lyrics of this song are very touching. This song conveys a message not to get too involved with problems and a bitter past. Just do things that make you happy and feel better. This song tells about life that may not always be okay. When it’s not okay, we don’t have to worry too much. Because everyone feels the same way and everything will be fine in the end. The chorus of this song describes the meaning of this song very clearly. I wanna dance, the music’s got me going Ain’t nothing that can stop how we move, yeah Let’s break our plans And live just like we’re golden And roll in like we’re dancing fools We don’t need to worry Cause when we fall we know how to land Don’t need to talk the talk, just walk the walk tonight Cause we don’t need permission to dance

MV of “Permission to Dance”

The music video of “Permission to Dance” was released on the HYBE LABELS YouTube channel on July 9th, 2021. This music video managed to get 72.3 million views within 24 hours. This achievement makes the “Permission to Dance” music video the sixth most-viewed YouTube video in 24 hours. The music video of “Permission to Dance” also used the theme of the COVID-19 pandemic by showing several people wearing masks. This music video shows very positive energy and the beauty of togetherness. This music video has been viewed more than 288 million times to date and has received 15 million likes. Come watch the MV of “Permission to Dance” below!

“Permission to Dance” Live Performances

BTS performed “Permission to Dance” on various TV and music programs. BTS first performed “Permission to Dance” on the special talk show A Butterful Getaway. The event was held on July 9th, 2021, at 9 PM KST. This performance was uploaded on the BANGTANTV YouTube channel on July 16th, 2021, and has been watched more than 26 million times.

BTS also made a new achievement by performing “Permission to Dance” at the UN headquarters in New York. Not only they performed “Permission to Dance”, but BTS also gave a speech at the 76th UN General Assembly (UNGA). Watch the video below to see BTS perform “Permission to Dance” at the UN headquarters.

“Permission to Dance” Achievements

“Permission to Dance” was a huge success. This song topped various charts in several countries. Let’s see how “Permission to Dance” topped the world charts in the table below!

Weekly Charts

Monthly Charts

Year-end Charts

In addition to topping the global charts, BTS also got platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for having managed to get more than 100,000,000 streams. “Permission to Dance” has taken BTS’s popularity even higher. Those are interesting facts and information about “Permission to Dance” by BTS. If you are interested in the Korean entertainment world, you can find articles about other K-Pop groups here on Channel-Korea. Happy reading!

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