BTS Unveils Video for New Song 'Permission to Dance'

The music video for the new BTS song "Permission to Dance" was unveiled Friday. The song is among the tracks featured in the band's new Butter CD single, which was also released on July 9.

The new music video was released on the YouTube channel of Hybe Labels, the parent company of Big Hit Music, which manages the K-pop band, and has received over 29 million views since it premiered on the channel.

It's unclear exactly where the latest video was shot. But the cowboy-themed video features a desert backdrop with BTS members clad in cowboy hats and boots, as well as leather trousers, denim and lots of fringe shirts.

The catchy "dance pop" song "sits on piano and string sounds that make the listeners bop their heads and bust some dance moves," Big Hit Music describes.

Who Wrote 'Permission to Dance'?

The latest track was co-written by singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, Snow Patrol singer Johnny McDaid, British producer Steve Mac as well as Jenna Andrews, who co-wrote the "Butter" song.

The two other tracks on the CD single include instrumental versions of both "Permission to Dance" and "Butter."

[기사] #BTS Don’t Need ‘Permission to Dance’ in New Video https://t.co/mmT9ViDCNU

— BIGHIT MUSIC (@BIGHIT_MUSIC) July 9, 2021

Jung Kook's New 'Emo' Hair

Several users on Twitter have raved especially about BTS member Jung Kook's new "slicked back," "emo" hairstyle in the video.

User @filesjk tweeted: "jungkook sounding so good with slicked back hair and tattoos yes." The post has had over 13,000 likes at time of writing.

User @JJK_Artist wrote: "Jungkook's hair back to Danger" in a post that received at least 10,000 likes since it was shared.

CAN WE TALK ABOUT JUNGKOOK'S HAIR OMG pic.twitter.com/KEzstIV0nC

— swas⁷ARMY DAY (@kookflrts) July 9, 2021

User @kookflrts tweeted: "CAN WE TALK ABOUT JUNGKOOK'S HAIR OMG." The post has had at least 1,000 likes since it was shared.

User @kookieeloml wrote: "Permission to dance was so good AND JUNGKOOK'S HAIR HE BROUGHT BACK THE EMO LOOK," in a tweet that had nearly 400 likes since it was posted.

'Permission to Dance' Lyrics

Verse 1

It's the thought of being young
When your heart's just like a drum
Beating louder with no way to guard it
When it all seems like it's wrong
Just sing along to Elton John
And to that feeling, we're just getting started

Pre-chorus

When the nights get colder
And the rhythms got you falling behind
Just dream about that moment
When you look yourself right in the eye, eye, eye
Then you say

Chorus

I wanna dance
The music's got me going
Ain't nothing that can stop how we move, yeah
Let's break our plans
And live just like we're golden
And rollin' like we're dancing fools

Post-chorus

We don't need to worry
'Cause when we fall, we know how to land
Don't need to talk the talk, just walk the walk tonight
'Cause we don't need permission to dance

Verse 2

There's always something that's standing in the way
But if you don't let it phase ya
You'll know just how to break
Just keep the right vibe, yeah
'Cause there's no looking back
There ain't no one to prove
We don't got this on lock (yeah)

Pre-chorus

The wait is over
The time is now so let's do it right, mm (yeah)
Yeah we'll keep going
And stay up until we see the sunrise (yeah)
And we'll say

Chorus

I wanna dance
The music's got me going
Ain't nothing that can stop how we move, yeah
Let's break our plans
And live just like we're golden
And rollin' like we're dancing fools

Post-chorus

We don't need to worry
'Cause when we fall, we know how to land
Don't need to talk the talk, just walk the walk tonight
'Cause we don't need permission to dance

Bridge

Da-na-na-na-na-na-na
Da-na-na-na-na-na-na
Da-na-na-na-na-na-na
No, we don't need permission to dance
Da-na-na-na-na-na-na (hey)
Da-na-na-na-na-na-na
Da-na-na-na-na-na-na

Pre-chorus

Well, let me show ya
That we can keep the fire alive, mm
'Cause it's not over
Till it's over, say it one more time, say

Chorus

I wanna dance
The music's got me going (music's got me going)
Ain't nothing that can stop how we move, yeah (hey, yeah)
Let's break our plans
And live just like we're golden (ooh)
And rolli'n like we're dancing fools (like we're dancing fools)

Post chorus

We don't need to worry
'Cause when we fall, we know how to land (we know how to land)
Don't need to talk the talk, just walk the walk tonight (ooh)
'Cause we don't need permission to dance

A BTS poster in Indonesia
An Indonesian fan of BTS poses with a giant poster of the band members at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia on June 21. BTS unveiled the music video of their new song "Permission to Dance" on Friday. Goh Chai Hin / AFP via Getty Images