The K-Pop star collaborated with an incredible roster of international artists.
BTS member Kim Nam-joon, known worldwide by fans by his moniker RM, just dropped the tracklist for his first-ever solo album and third solo release, called Indigo. His debut drop, which is set to arrive on December 2, consists of ten tracks with a variety of featured artists.
The music group has been called a global phenomenon, quickly becoming one of the most influential and popular bands in history. Recently, BTS shocked fans with an announcement that was initially thought of as news of a hiatus or disbandment but was later clarified to say that they would merely be focusing on their solo releases in the upcoming future.
Indigo comes after BTS’ J-Hope released his own solo album Jack In The Box in July of this year, while Jin shared a solo single “The Astronaut,” both to critical acclaim. The BTS members have previously talked about how they aim to better “express their individual styles and personalities” with their solo projects. RM led the pack as the first member of the group to put out a release of his own on SoundCloud back in 2015.
This time around, Indigo, which is described in his teaser video as a “Sun-bleached record, faded like old dreams,” is what RM calls “the last archive of my twenties.” For the ten-track release, the singer and rapper has collaborated with a roster of internationally acclaimed artists:
BTS is known for collaborating with huge stars, both collectively and individually. Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has written songs for the group several times, while Jungkook was featured on one of Charlie Puth’s songs, “Left and Right.”
RM’s album tracklist leads with Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Erykah Badu, who is often called “the Queen of Neo-Soul” for her work with the genre. Music aficionados took to Twitter hours after the announcement to express their incredulity at the fact that RM was able to snag the acclaimed singer.
The tracklist continues with the likes of American soul-funk rapper Anderson .Paak, Canadian-Korean singers Tablo and Paul Blanco, singer-songwriter Kim Sawol, British-Jamaican singer and actress Mahalia, indie singer Colde, and more.
RM also sought the help of famed rapper and producer, Pharrell Williams. The two spoke candidly with each other for the November cover of Rolling Stone. Williams described how RM was nearly finished with Indigo, when he came in to help get the k-pop star to 100 percent.