BTS announces North American arena tour ahead of third album release

Over the past two years, K-pop boy band BTS has scored several high-profile mainstream music and cultural events. Beginning with the 2018 premiere of their first HBO special “The Project,” the group has performed in front of some of the world’s most spectacular sights, including The White House for President Trump’s 100th day in office and an after-hours performance for pop stars at the Grammys.

And now, with the release of their third official album, Love Yourself: Tear, and their first-ever North American headlining tour, BTS will begin to arrive in more U.S. towns and cities. The group’s intrepid figurehead, IU, celebrated the news on social media Saturday, sharing videos of BTS practice sessions at the rehearsal venue they’ll use in Chicago. She also included videos of news reporters in South Korea trying to talk to BTS members as they autograph BTS’ Love Yourself Tear.

Looking forward to BTS’ LOVE YOURSELF: TOUCHING WORLD TOUR in the summer of 2020! — IU (@IU_unloved) May 5, 2019

Many other members of the public were also excited about the tour’s prospect. An optimistic fan wrote to the singer, “I just noticed that you guys are coming back to Chicago for the first time ever!!!! That’s SO SUPER SWEET!!! What kind of surprises can we possibly expect??? I hope you keep you busy!”

The tour is set to start at the United Center in Chicago on July 3 and continue on to Toronto, New York, and Atlanta. The album is also scheduled to be released on the same day. While the lineup of U.S. cities is yet to be announced, BTS has performed in Nashville, Cincinnati, and Cleveland in the past.

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