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Black Swan (BTS)

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Digital Cover
Artist
BTS
Digital Single
Black Swan
Released
2020.01.17
Tracklist
  1. Black Swan


Information

Black Swan is a digital single released by BTS. It peaked at #7 on the Gaon Digital Charts. It also managed to chart in several countries aside from South Korea, reaching #46 in the United Kingdom and #57 on the US Billboard Hot 100. Two music videos were released to promote the song, both inspired by the 2010 movie Black Swan. It was awarded the Melon Popularity Award for five consecutive weeks.

Originally released in Korean, a Japanese version was released six months later on their Japanese album MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ~THE JOURNEY~.

Live Performances

Song Information

Lyrics
Pdogg, RM, August Rigo, Vince Nantes, Clyde Kelly
Music
Pdogg, RM, August Rigo, Vince Nantes, Clyde Kelly
Vocals
Jungkook, SUGA, RM, V, Jimin, Jin, J-HOPE
Other Information
Arrangement: Pdogg
Keyboards: Pdogg
Synthesizer: Pdogg
Chorus: Jungkook, J-HOPE
Producer: Pdogg

Music Video

"Art Film" Shot
Music Video Shot

The first full promotional video released was an "Art Film" version, released on the same day as the single. Also inspired by the 2010 Black Swan movie, it's an artistic interpretation of the lyrics by the dancing troupe.

The video features an interpretative dance performed by MN Dance Company, a Slovenian modern dance group. The opening quote, "A dancer dies twice — once when they stop dancing, and this first death is more painful", resonates through the performance and with the lyrics. The video then fades to an abandoned mall where seven dancers, in a straight line, walk into the frame. The following scene shows one shirtless lead dancer standing apart from the rest, who are dressed in over-sized suits. A "dance battle" starts between the two: at first the shirtless man is trying to run from the others but by the end of the performance he rises up with their help.


The official music video was released more than a month later, on March 4th, without any previous announcements. It was filmed entirely in the Los Angeles Theatre.

The video starts with all the members dancing in white in a dark environment. It starts centering on each member, every one of them interacting with their shadows: Suga's shadows breaks free from himself, Jin is haunted by his reflection,... In-between shots of intricate choreography on the empty stage are used. Their outfits change from white to black, as references to good and evil; at the end of the video, their outfits remain black.

The video draws influences from Tchaikovsky's ballet Swan Lake


The choreography was created by Sergio Reis, a Brazilian dancer. It was first performed on BTS's appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, on January 28th.


Credits:


Official Music Video

  • Director: YongSeok Choi (Lumpens)
  • Co-Director: Guzza (Lumpens)
  • Assistant Director: Jihye Yoon (Lumpens)
  • Executive Producer / Producer: Tiffany Suh
  • Director of Photography: Hyunwoo Nam (GDW)
  • Focus Puller: Sangwoo Yoon
  • B Cam: Eumko
  • 2nd AC: Eunki Kim
  • Camera Crew: Robin Kim, Isue shin, Alec Echaverria, Matt Maio
  • JIB Operator: YoungJoong Kim, Hyun In Kim
  • Co-production company: FREENJOY
  • Executive Producer: Nathan Scherrer
  • Production Supervisor: Sina Pars, Joe Keenan
  • Production Coordinator: Matt Kovacs
  • Client Liaison: Ran Ro
  • 1st AD: Joe Suarez
  • 2nd AD Liaison: Joseph Kim
  • Location Manager: Laura Dominguez
  • Gaffer: Kyle Bryson
  • Key Grip: Wadsworth Peters
  • Color: Company 3
  • Colorist: Charles Bunnag
  • Senior Producer: Gabriel Wakeman
  • Associate Producer: Bianca Yi
  • Visual Creative: Nu Kim, Sabinne Cheon, Lee Sun Kyoung, Kim Ga Eun
  • Performance Directing: Son Sung Deuk, Lee Ga Hun, Lee Byung Eun
  • Artist Management: Kim Shin Gyu, Kim Su Bin, Park Jun Tae, An Da Sol, Ahn Jong Hun, Lee Jung Min


Art Film performed by MN Dance Company

  • Director: YongSeok Choi (Lumpens)
  • Assistant Director: Jihye Yoon, Guzza (Lumpens)
  • Director of Photography: Hyunwoo Nam (GDW)
  • Focus Puller: Sangwoo Yun
  • 2nd AC: Eunki Kim
  • Gaffer: Kyle Bryson
  • Key Grip: Wadsworth Peters
  • Lasers: Concept Pixels
  • Co-Production Company: Freenjoy
  • Executive Producer: Nathan Scherrer
  • Executive Producer / Producer: Tiffany Suh
  • Production Manager: Sina Pars
  • Production Coordinator: Linda Nhem
  • 1st AD: Chad Nicholson
  • Camera PA: Robin Kim
  • Choreography: MN Dance Company
  • Visual Creative: Nu Kim, Sabinne Cheon, Lee Sun Kyoung, Kim Ga Eun
  • Produced by Pdogg (Pdogg, RM, August Rigo, Vince Nantes, Clyde Kelly)
  • Re-arrangement: Myungsoo Shin
  • Recording & Sound Design: KRAFT MUSIC

Accolades

Awards

Certifications

  • [2020.11] Mexico - Gold (30,000 certified sales/streams)
  • [2021.10] Japan - Streaming: Silver (30,000,000 cumulative streams)

Charts

Gaon Digital Chart

Weekly
Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10
Position 13 7 10 11 15 10 13 17 22 26
Week 11 Week 12 Week 13 Week 14 Week 15 Week 16 Week 17 Week 18 Week 19 Week 20
Position 31 35 38 36 46 48 52 55 63 65
Week 21 Week 22 Week 23 Week 24 Week 25 Week 26 Week 27 Week 28 Week 29 Week 30
Position 68 70 73 69 73 87 94 94 99 100
Week 31 Week 32 Week 33 Week 34 Week 35 Week 36 Week 37 Week 38 Week 39 Week 40
Position 96 81 84 90 84 90 92 92 90 106
Week 41 Week 42 Week 43 Week 44 Week 45
Position 134 159 170 181 193
Monthly
Year Month Rank
2020 January 24
February 11
March 19
April 35
May 50
June 67
July 82
August 95
September 83
October 100
November 178
Yearly
Year Rank
2020 44

Oricon Digital Single Chart

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Week Rank
7 4 - x

United World Charts

Week Rank Sales
05 / 2020 30 102,000
06 / 2020 34 83,000

Disambiguation

Black Swan
Found on the MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 album as track #7. This is the standard version of the song.
Black Swan -Japanese ver.-
Found on the MAP OF THE SOUL: 7 ~THE JOURNEY~ album as track #9. This is the Japanese version of the original song.

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