Permission To Dance
by BTS

Album: Butter (2021)
Charted: 16 1
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  • BTS recorded this upbeat pop song as part of the CD single of "Butter." The four-track single also includes instrumental versions of both tracks.
  • The song is a celebration of individuality and enjoying life. Rather than giving into depression in trying times, the K-Pop septet remain upbeat as they "don't need permission to dance."
  • BTS released the single on July 9, 2021, which coincided with the eighth anniversary of the group's fanbase, ARMY. The South Korean boy band's label, Big Hit, described the song as one that "will make your heart beat to the rhythm of BTS's positive energy."
  • Ed Sheeran wrote "Dance" with his frequent collaborators, Snow Patrol's Johnny McDaid and British producer Steve Mac. Sheeran previously co-penned BTS' 2019 song "Make It Right."

    "Butter" co-writer Jenna Andrews also contributed to writing the track.
  • Steve Mac and Jenna Andrews co-produced the song with "Butter" writer Stephen Kirk.
  • BTS worked on "Permission to Dance" in February 2021, before they recorded "Butter."
  • Shot in an empty desert, the video shows BTS showcasing their A-list dance moves before being joined by a troupe of dancers.
  • BTS performed "Permission To Dance" live for the first time during their July 9, 2021 comeback special A Butterful Getaway.
  • After seven weeks atop the Hot 100 with "Butter," BTS continued their streak at #1 with this song. In doing so, the Korean band became the first artist to replace themselves at the Hot 100 summit since Drake in 2018. The Toronto rapper replaced "Nice For What" with "In My Feelings" on the July 21, 2018 chart.


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