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BTS' Jungkook Drops Debut Solo Album "Golden", Music Video for "Standing Next to You"

Fri 03 Nov 2023 | 02:57 PM
Yara Sameh

BTS member Jungkook finally dropped on Friday his debut solo album, "Golden", along with a music video for "Standing Next to You".

The album consists of 11 tracks and features some pretty famous names including Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, and DJ Snake.

The tracklist includes the released song “3D” with Jack Harlow, “Closer to You,” a team-up with Major Lazer, followed by two versions of his duet with Latto, “Seven,” which was originally released in July.

Featured on the set is also French EDM producer DJ Snake, who’s billed as a featured artist on a song called “Please Don’t Change.”

The other six tracks find Jungkook flying solo: “Standing Next to You,” which is labeled as the album’s “main track” in Big Hit’s announcement, “Yes or No", “Hate You”, “Somebody", “Too Sad to Dance”, and “Shot Glass of Tears.”

According to a release announcing the project, Golden takes its theme from “the golden moments of Jung Kook as a solo artist. 

Known as the ‘Golden Maknae’ (‘golden youngest’ in Korean) of BTS, Jungkook is set to unveil a new release with his unique timbre that will captivate listeners worldwide.”

The road to Golden began in July when Jungkook dropped his Latto-assisted “Seven”, and a second single, a Jack Harlow collaboration titled “3D” arrived on September 29. 

The solo LP is the latest in a string of solo projects from the Bangtan Boys following the band’s pause from group activities to let its members report for South Korea’s mandatory military service. 


"Golden" follows a string of previous solo singles from Jungkook, including “Euphoria,” “My Time,” “Still With You” and “My You,” as well as collab singles with Lauv (“Who”) and Charlie Puth on the latter’s 2022 single “Left and Right.”

The Harlow song is on track to debut at No. 2 on the UK singles chart this week, marking the week’s highest debut.

Jungkook made U.K. chart history earlier this year with “Seven,” when the track landed at No. 3 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart (July 21), for the highest-charting debut by a solo Korean act.

The 26-year-old singer is stepping out on his own in the midst of BTS’ pause to allow its members to report for South Korea’s mandatory military service.

To date, Jin, J-Hope, and Suga have all enlisted, bringing BTS a few steps closer to their 2025 return.