BTS's cryptic countdown sends ARMY into a tizzy, they are certain a Jungkook mixtape is in the making
Fans suspect the countdown might involve details regarding the group's upcoming album, given that BTS has confirmed they will be sharing more videos about the process
BTS' agency Big Hit Entertainment began a cryptic countdown on May 17 at midnight KST with nothing more than a gray, blurry image with 'D-7' vaguely visible in the middle of it. Naturally, the post sent the BTS fandom, ARMY, into a frenzy.
"7 DAYS TILL WHAT," tweeted one fan, while another asked, "What's happening?" followed by a string of shocked face emojis. One fan ominously joked in response, "7 days till our death probably." Some fans speculated that the group might be releasing a new video, tweeting, "7 DAYS TO GO FOR LOUDER THAN [BOMBS], MV," while others speculated that the countdown was for 'Decalcomania-7' after they enhanced the image and saw details in it that may imply that the demo dropped by Jungkook might receive an official release.
The ARMY is known for being able to decipher Big Hit and BTS' secret messages from miles away, but it is unlikely that anyone could have predicted the hilarious connection drawn by one fan between leader RM's first self-titled mixtape and the image featured in Big Hit's countdown. As it turns out, RM's mixtape cover art featured the rapper with grey paint trickling down his face, obscuring the vision in one of his eyes. If one were to see what he probably saw at that moment, it would look a lot like the countdown image. A fan shared the link between both projects on Twitter, much to the amusement of their fellow ARMYs.
But while the image itself was done in good fun, some fans thought there might be something to it. One fan tweeted, "Wait so the first member on the fanchant is Joonie right (D-1) then that could mean that D-7 is....... JUNGKOOK MIXTAPEEEE."
Fans also suspected that the date might involve the reveal of more details regarding the group's upcoming album, especially given that BTS has confirmed they will be sharing more videos about the process of making the album soon. Others wondered if the countdown was for Suga's highly anticipated follow-up mixtape after 2016's 'Agust D', which was originally rumored to release in 2019. The consensus seemed to largely point to a Jungkook-focused project.
Unfortunately, those dreams were shattered when Big Hit followed their post up with another the following day: "D-6."
Fans, now more confused than ever, continued to try and find some hidden clues in the image. The first thing they were quick to note was that the image was less blurred this time, implying each day of the countdown is going to peel back a layer and give ARMYs something more. But despite the clarity, absolutely nothing was revealed, and one fan joked, "Its getting clear right....getting clear that @BigHitEnt trying to kill us slowly," while another quipped, "I love this lack of information, go girl give us nothing."