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Before reuniting “around” 2025, the members of the South Korean band BTS will complete their required military duty, Big Hit Music said on Monday.
The group took a “short break” over the summer, according to RM, who felt that Jimin, J-Hope, Suga, Jungkook, V, and Jin all deserved the opportunity to pursue their own musical interests.
To promote South Korea’s ambition to host the World Expo in 2030, BTS got back together this past weekend for a free concert in Busan. The K-pop phenomenon serves as the official bid ambassador.
They will now all serve in the military, starting with the oldest member, Jin, as mandated by the government. Big Hit stated that Jin will start the procedure as soon as his plans for his solo release were finished at the end of October. He will next adhere to the Korean government’s recruitment process. Other group members want to complete their military duty in accordance with their own personal arrangements. Following their service commitment, the BTS members and the company are looking forward to getting back together around 2025.
According to the Military Service Act, Jin had his conscription put off until the end of this year, according to Yonhap. All physically capable men must spend around two years in the military in South Korea. Internationally renowned sportsmen and classical musicians are permitted by law to conduct substitute duties in their specialties in place of actual military duty. A motion at the National Assembly would take into account well-known pop culture figures like BTS.
Big Hit continued, “We support and encourage our artists and are really delighted that they will now have time to pursue their own passions and fulfil their civic obligations by providing service to the nation they call home.”
The group garnered media attention over the weekend with a sizable free performance in Busan in favour of the southern port city’s quest to host the 2030 World Expo. Approximately 50 million people watched it, according to their management company Hybe Entertainment. “Yet to Come” was the event’s name.
More than just a song from their most recent album, “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)” is a promise from BTS that there is still much more to come in the years to come, according to Bighit. The band was established in 2013 and achieved success in 2016.
The decision of BTS to join helps the South Korean government avoid a problematic scenario. All males under 30 who are physically capable must serve in the military. Due of remarkable service to the nation, the existing system permits several exclusions. On this premise, several elite sportsmen and classical musicians have received an exemption, but not pop musicians.
Politicians have argued over making BTS the first K-Pop group to receive an exemption, and earlier this year they even broached the idea of allowing them to serve in a less arduous capacity in the military.
The band members announced that they will be having a “hiatus” in a June interview conducted in Korean. Within a few hours, however, Hybe released a statement claiming that the word “hiatus” was incorrectly translated from English. Instead, they would give people time to work on their own ideas.
The eldest member, Jin, who turns 30 on December 4, said during the concert in Busan that he will soon release a song “with someone who I’d always truly admired.”