Taeyang’s collaboration with Jimin (BTS) further proves the long-term relationship between BIGBANG and BTS.
On January 13, 2023, Taeyang (BIGBANG) released his new song “VIBE” featuring Jimin (BTS), a solo production that marked Taeyang’s comeback after more than 5 years. The collaboration quickly gained attention from fans.
The duo joined in composing and producing the new song. In an interview with “Rolling Stone” magazine, Taeyang revealed, “About two years ago, though, Teddy at THEBLACKLABEL was watching me work. That was at a time when the BTS members weren’t doing many solo activities. And Teddy mentioned in passing that he thought people would really enjoy it if I got together with Jimin to collaborate on a great song.”
On the same day of the song’s release, Taeyang was announced to be appearing on BTS’ Suga’s show “Suchwita.”
Taeyang and Suga had an intimate chat on various subjects. What gained attention, however, was the fact that Taeyang was ready to accept the invitation to be on the program, proving an incredible closeness between him and BTS. This episode will be aired on January 18th, building up anticipation.
Previously, Taeyang generated a sensation when he attended the launch party of J-Hope’s first solo album “Jack in the Box.” On the radio show “Park So Hyun’s Love Game,” J-Hope shared that he personally invited the artist through private messaging and expressed his admiration for Taeyang’s music. Hence, Taeyang’s acceptance could be seen as an act of appreciation towards his fan, J-Hope.
In July 2022, G-Dragon and J-Hope attended the birthday party of Tom Sachs, an American contemporary artist and took photos together, boasting a close bond that dated before their musical collaboration.
Nonetheless, in the past, there was a conflict going on between BTS and BIGBANG regarding the similarity between the VCR for BTS’ stage performance and T.O.P’s solo “Act Like Nothing Is Wrong.”
While HYBE at that time denied the allegation and explained that it was the staff’s fault, BTS still received a lot of negative reactions from the audience.
Despite fans’ reactions, the idols are maintaining a close relationship. They act in silence and never fail to show support for each other.