Released on October 10, 2016 by Big Hit Entertainment. The album contains fifteen tracks including seven solo tracks by each member. The lead single “Blood Sweat & Tears” was released on October 9, 2016. The album is heavily influenced by Hermann Hesse’s bildungsroman, Demian. The physical album is available in four versions: W, I, N, and G version. Each include a photobook, polaroid, mini standee, and poster.
The album has sold over 1.5 million physical copies worldwide and became the group’s highest selling album while earning them the title, ‘Million Sellers.’ According to Gaon Chart, Wings was the best selling album of 2016 in Korea.
During the press conference for the release of their album, leader Rap Monster explained, “The harder a temptation is to resist, the more you think about it and vacillate. That uncertainty is part of the process of growing. ‘Blood Sweat & Tears’ is a song that shows how one thinks, chooses, and grows.” Symbolism such as the ‘wings’ were representations of growth, with SUGA adding, “The song relays an optimistic determination to use our wings to go far, even if we are met with temptations in life.” Jungkook explained during the group’s comeback preview show on V LIVE, that his solo track, “Begin,” was about his journey to Seoul and meeting the BTS members. V revealed his song, “Stigma,” describing it as “a song under the neo-soul genre.” J-Hope described his song, “MAMA” as unforgettable, as it was about his childhood emotions for his mother. “Awake” was Jin’s first experience in co-composition. Rap Monster revealed, the 14th track, “Two! Three! (Still Wishing For Better Days)” was the first official fan song. The song “Am I Wrong” samples Keb’ Mo’s 1994 jazz/blues song “Am I Wrong” and the album credits Kevin Moore as co-writer and co-producer.
The album was repackaged under the title You Never Walk Alone on February 13, 2017. It contains eighteen tracks in total including the lead singles “Spring Day” and “Not Today.”