Why BTS have Mixtapes instead of Solo Album?

  • Hello guys! I'm a new into kpop!

    I have some questions that I don't understand/ have answers to them

    – Why BTS make Mixtape instead of a solo artist album? What the difference? From what I understand while searching that the difference is the album can be promoted and fans pay to have it and it can enter the billboard charts and the mixtape is free and doesn't enter the billboard charts or get promoted, if what I understand is right, and none of BTS members have a solo album, why RM, Suga , Jhope Mixtapes are not free at Apple Music? I know i can found the Mixtapes in YouTube for free but that doesn't make sense, Is it for supporting their work? Does the solo album never release at YouTube? Unless someone leaked it?

    – Is Bighit not releasing a solo album because she wants them to stay under the Group Name? She don't want solo named at awards/billboard charts?

    – How did Suga's D-2 entered the 200 Billboard chart when it was a Mixtape?

    I know i'm so annoying but I really want to know :(

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  • Mixtape by BTS members is free music for fans which is self -produced. It does not have physical release, nor is it released on Korean platforms. Since it is available on certain platforms like iTunes where fans can buy, also streaming being possible of Spotify, Apple music and YT, it allows their songs and mixtapes to chart on BB.

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    You're not annoying at all! It's confusing. This is my understanding from what they've told us:


    Mixtapes are fully produced, written, etc by the members, and while they can request help from company employees it sounds like those employees get to choose to be involved and it's all pretty voluntary. The company staff will also assess it hold it to their usual standards but revisions fall on the artists as well. This work is done outside of the usual schedule.


    So the point is it to be the free expression of the artists without the pressure but also without the full support that goes behind a full release that will have the usual promo, roll-out, physicals, etc


    They also see these as a gift to fans, music that doesn't come with an expectation of purchase; their passion is music, making it and sharing it, and it separates the "BH - BTS style" and the member's personal expression


    While free, they can still enter the billboard charts because of streaming numbers and itunes/them being placed on paid-music sites. (They do this because ARMY request it/WANT to pay for them) as well as MV views such as for Daechwita


    BH will however gladly - and it sounds like of their own volition, Hobi was surprised there was going to be a full MV for Chicken Noodle Soup and it was such a big deal - support and pay for videos that I'm guessing they split the profit with the artist for. however, we're not aware of how that works exactly; Yoongi was able to turn Daechwita into the amazing thing we saw from what was supposedly a very simple initial idea. The vid was his concept. Did he pay to upgrade it, or did the co? Unsure. They're very very rich men now, so either is possible.


    At times mix tape songs will get snapped up the company to become official releases, like Stay and Your Eyes Tell by Jungkook (he told us they were meant for his mixtape, so that's a reason for the delay/he needs new songs) were. This is good for the creating member, bc that means they'll make much much more money off those songs. Bang PD wanted Everythinggoes from Mono to be a BTS song but Namjoon said it was too personal and wanted it on his mixtape.


    The Members themselves keep repeating that their focus is on BTS - the way they still only do brand sponsorships as 7 after their contract show that it's clearly a preference. Both them and BigHit could make MUCh more more money sending them out individually as well like other companies do, but they seem to have no interest in that or going solo. The solos they get on official releases appears to be their focus.


    We'll see what happens in time! But yeah think of mixtapes as gifts, really, and the members sharing music just for music's sake with us.

  • This is a great explanation. I want to add that you can find their mixtapes, covers and other songs for free on sound-cloud, just in case you didn’t know OP.

  • are mixtapes really self-produced? I remember when the controversy happened big hit addressed the issue by saying the producer was the one who used the sample, so I assumed mixtapes aren't necessarily self produced but songs that have been chosen by the artist and aren't distributed. This is probably a better definition Mixtape definition is - a compilation of songs recorded (as onto a cassette tape or a CD) from various sources.


    "A mixtape (alternatively mix-tape or mix tape) is a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium. With origins in the 1980s, the term normally describes a homemade compilation of music onto a cassette tape, CD, or digital playlist."

  • Older mixtapes weren't originally on paid platforMs I think they started to from HopeWorld era and previous ones were added.


    In korean the mixtapes are only streamable on Apple Music.


    They singles can’t chart on BB is they do well and that bas been happening since 2020.


    How the mixtape is promoted and released is upto the individual member ie how many mv, interviews but in general it is low key.

  • are mixtapes really self-produced? I remember when the controversy happened big hit addressed the issue by saying the producer was the one who used the sample, so I assumed mixtapes aren't necessarily self produced but songs that have been chosen by the artist and aren't distributed. This is probably a better definition Mixtape definition is - a compilation of songs recorded (as onto a cassette tape or a CD) from various sources.


    "A mixtape (alternatively mix-tape or mix tape) is a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium. With origins in the 1980s, the term normally describes a homemade compilation of music onto a cassette tape, CD, or digital playlist."

    What are you asking here? Go and check the credits if you want. Nobody said it’s solely produced by the member only.

  • are mixtapes really self-produced? I remember when the controversy happened big hit addressed the issue by saying the producer was the one who used the sample, so I assumed mixtapes aren't necessarily self produced but songs that have been chosen by the artist and aren't distributed. This is probably a better definition Mixtape definition is - a compilation of songs recorded (as onto a cassette tape or a CD) from various sources.


    "A mixtape (alternatively mix-tape or mix tape) is a compilation of music, typically from multiple sources, recorded onto a medium. With origins in the 1980s, the term normally describes a homemade compilation of music onto a cassette tape, CD, or digital playlist."

    ooooooooor you could go check the credits? idk just a suggestion

  • girl, I'm just saying what bighit said when the whole controversy happened I don't follow bts so I don't know

    I'll clarify dw.

    7 out of the 10 songs had Suga as the producer and he was the first one listed in credits. Three songs(including the one which got into controversy) had him as a writer/composer.

    Mixtapes for BTS are supposed to be made majorly by the members along with 2 or 3 other staff, which was the case with D2.

    For legal reasons: many of the things I say are said jokingly, take them as such :wilds::oks:

  • I'll clarify dw.

    7 out of the 10 songs had Suga as the producer and he was the first one listed in credits. Three songs had him as a writer/composer.

    Mixtapes for BTS are supposed to be made majorly by the members along with 2 or 3 other staff, which was the case with D2.

    ok got it


    but what I was trying to say that originally mixtapes weren't necessarily supposed to be self made, it was mostly like a compilation of songs selected by the artist and recorded on a tape as far as I know.

  • When I started getting into BTS I was confused too! So don’t be shy asking questions! Others have answered about the Mixtape (one user seems confused but maybe he’s just not used to having mixtapes by artists), so I’m gonna add something else too.


    I was blown away when I know that BTS have other creative outlets that they share for free, not only songs but dance (Hobi used to post hope on the street), Jimin dance, video (JK’s GCF), even EatJin (beautiful video of Jin just eating.. that was just art), RM and Suga always discussing about their thought process in creating music and lyrics, Tae’s painting.. it really feels like BH nurture these boys and letting them explore their own artistry while being BTS.

  • ok got it


    but what I was trying to say that originally mixtapes weren't necessarily supposed to be self made, it was mostly like a compilation of songs selected by the artist and recorded on a tape as far as I know.

    That’s the 1980s definition of mixtapes


    You should read further on Wikipedia where the explain about mixtapes in hiphop.. if you’re familiar and follow rappers you wouldn’t be as confused as now

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