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Why has BTS decided to take a break and how the K-pop group became a global phenomenon. The Indian Express explains.

BTS ‘hiatus’

A statement from Hybe, the South Korean entertainment company behind BTS, said they’ll still be working on projects as a group, as well as individually. “BTS are not taking a hiatus. Members will be focusing more on solo projects at this time,” the statement said. The clarification from the entertainment company came around 3:00 am Korea time, with some analysts indicating that the company may have been concerned about the impact of the group’s announcement on stocks once the market opened a few hours later.

The concerns were not unfounded, and the company’s clarification did little to help the Korean entertainment company lost $1.7 billion of market value in the first hour of trading Wednesday, just hours after the announcement, Bloomberg reported.

What the group said

The group had been celebrating their ninth anniversary during the dinner, and had released a three-disc anthology album ‘Proof’ last week. The group’s members discussed a wide range of issues in the video, where some of the members appeared to be very emotional. One of the issues that the members discussed were the challenges that they had faced in developing as individual artistes within the system of the Korean entertainment industry. “The problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that it doesn’t give you time to mature. You have to keep producing music and keep doing something,” RM had said.

There have long been conversations among fans and observers that the constraints of the industry do not allow artistes a lot of creative freedom or the opportunities to pursue their interests. In the video, Suga had explained his interest in trying out new musical genres. There were some fans who speculated that focusing on solo projects would give the members the space to experiment with the music that they had wanted to produce. “J-Hope told me this before, we could focus on our solo work this time and later when we gather again as a group that synergy will be like no other. We’ll be better than before,” V had explained.

Describing the group’s most recent work, RM said, “”I didn’t know what kind of group we were anymore…I don’t know what kind of story I should tell now.”

“The hardest thing is writing lyrics, nothing comes out and you can’t force it. I have to talk about something that I really feel but right now I’m just squeezing it out because we have to satisfy people’s wants. It is so painful but that’s just how this job goes,” said Suga.

BTS’ debut and global influence

BTS made its debut in June 2013 and within a few years, became a worldwide sensation with its catchy hits and social campaigns that the group said was aimed at empowering young people. The influence of the group on its global fan base was undeniable and the group compelled governments and organisations to sit up and take notice.

“I got to have a lot of different experiences as an idol. I enjoyed it so much and I’ll enjoy it so much more going forward. I’ve got to meet such a great team,” Jin said. In addition to their many awards and recognitions over the years, the group was also invited to address the UN General Assembly and a recent visit to the White House included discussions with US President Joe Biden on ways to curb violence against Asian Americans.

The meteoric rise of the group was accompanied by a growing fandom and international attention that inspired other artistes in the Korean entertainment industry. “I think that’s why we’re going through a rough patch right now. We’re trying to find our identity and that’s an exhausting and long process,” Jimin said, speaking of the group’s legacy.

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On top of that, it was announced on October 17, 2023, that the group will complete mandatory military service with plans to come back together as a group “around 2025,” after all seven members complete their service.

Keep reading for everything we know about the group’s split.

News of their hiatus first came in December 2021, when the boys announced that they were taking an “extended period of rest” following their insane rise to fame. Nearly six months later, in June 2022, the group told ARMY it was time for them to say goodbye for now.

“We’re each going to take some time to have fun and experience lots of things,” Jungkook said during their BTS FIESTA. “We promise we will return someday, even more mature than we are now.”

J-Hope added, “I think that change is what we need right now. It’s important for BTS to start our second chapter.”

All seven members of BTS will be serving in the South Korean military, the band’s label and management company, Big Hit, announced on October 17, 2023.

Big Hit announced that BTS plans to come back together as a group “around 2025,” after all seven members complete their service. “Since the creation of BTS over ten years ago, the band has risen to international success, broken records, and catapulted K-Pop into the global stratosphere,” Big Hit’s statement reads.  “BIGHIT MUSIC has focused to the milestone moment when it would be possible to respect the needs of the country and for these healthy young men to serve with their countrymen, and that’s now.”

Big Hit says that the first BTS member to embark in military service will be the group’s oldest member: Kim Seok-jin, also known as Jin. He enlisted on December 13, 2023. A few months later, J-Hope was the second BTS member to enlist in military service on April 18, 2023.

In South Korea, it is mandatory for all able-bodied men born in the country to complete two years of military service prior to turning 28 years old, due to ongoing threats from North Korea. However, there are exemptions available for certain athletes and performing artists, especially those working in classical and traditional music.

When Jin turned 28 in 2020, the government offered him a tw0-year delay in entering the army in recognition of BTS’s efforts in “enhancing Korea’s international image.” He was one of the the first K-pop stars to be offered an exemption.

If all goes to plan, BTS members will most likely embark in the military from oldest to youngest: starting with Jin, then Suga, RM, J-Hope, Jimin, Taehyung and finally, Jung Kook. On November 24, 2022, South Korean newspaper Aju Business Daily reported that Jin would be beginning his service on December 13, 2022.

While BTS has announced a hiatus and their military service, almost all members are focusing on their solo careers. J-Hope, RM and Suga (known for his solo alias ‘Agust D’) have already launched solo debuts in the past, however it was announced that Jin will finally be making his solo debut in October 2022.

“I got the opportunity to work with someone I like, so a single will come out soon,” Jin told a screaming audience at a concert in Busan, South Korea on October 15, 2022. This will be the second solo project a BTS member has released since announcing their hiatus in June 2022, as J-Hope released his album Jack In a Box in July 2022, RM released Indigo in December, Suga dropped D-Day in April 2023 and Jimin gave us FACE in March 2023.

To celebrate their 10th anniversary as a group, the boys are set to release a single including all 7 members titled “Take Two” on June 9, 2023.

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17 October 2022, 13:04

Members of BTS are required to complete their military service in South Korea, meaning the band must take a hiatus until 2025.

BTS must take a break for a few years while the members of the band complete their military service, a requirement all able-bodied men between 18 and 28 years old must fulfil in South Korea.

RM, Jin, SUGA, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook will have to work in the military for 18 - 21 months.

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There was some debate over whether the K-pop stars, who are known for their hits ‘Butter’, ‘Dynamite’ and ‘Boy With Luv’ should be exempt from military duties.

Exemptions are only made for athletes, classical and traditional musicians and dancers who have won top prizes in competitions for their country.

The group’s record label Big Hit Music said the men are ‘honoured to serve’ their country and they will reconvene ‘around 2025’.

In 2020, South Korea’s parliament passed a bill allowing K-pop stars to delay the age they began their national service until 30.

However, they’re now moving forward in fulfilling their service.

All of the singers, including the youngest member Jungkook, who’s 25, will complete their service.

BTS became one of the world’s biggest boybands after working as trainees to become pop stars at Big Hit Entertainment, their current label.

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BTS members Jin, Suga, J-Hope, RM, Jimin, V and Jungkook announced in June that they would be taking a hiatus to pursue solo projects outside of the group.

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The globally popular artists, who are credited with generating billions of dollars for the South Korean economy, dropped the bombshell during their streamed annual dinner on Tuesday night, part of a celebration that marks their anniversary as a group.

“We’re going into a hiatus now,” said Suga, 29, about 20 minutes into the clip, which was posted on the group’s official YouTube channel.

But Hybe, the entertainment company behind the band, later said the group were not taking a hiatus and would be continue to work on projects as a group as well as individually.

“BTS are not taking a hiatus. Members will be focusing more on solo projects at this time,” the statement said, but did not give details.

BTS’s devotees, collectively known as Army, flooded social media with messages of support. “I just want to give them a hug”, one fan said in comments reported by Yonhap news agency.

Another wrote: “I’ve anticipated this moment for a long time, but I didn’t expect it today. “The name BTS will continue with Army like a tattoo that doesn’t disappear.”

A female fan described the move as “courageous”.

“It takes so much courage to leave a place where you have it all in order to challenge yourself and reach an upgrade version of who you are,” she said. “BTS is teaching me another important lesson.”

At Tuesday’s dinner, J-Hope, RM, Suga, Jungkook, V, Jin and Jimin spoke in Korean – while a video of the meeting included English subtitles – about why they had decided to take a break.

RM, 27, said that after BTS’s last few singles he “didn’t know what kind of group we were any more”, adding later the band’s members were “exhausted”.

“I’ve always thought that BTS was different than other groups,” he added. “But the problem with K-pop and the whole idol system is that they don’t give you time to mature.”

Some K-pop watchers speculated that South Korea’s military service requirement may have been a factor. Jin, the oldest member of the group, is due to begin almost two years serving in the army by the end of this year.

The national assembly is discussing a revision to the law to allow exemptions for people who make a considerable contribution to South Korea’s international standing.

However, South Korean media have speculated that the bill is unlikely to pass due to widespread opposition among among men in their 20s, a large proportion of whom voted for the new president, Yoon Suk-yeol.

During the video chat, Jimin, 26, said the members were “slowly trying to figure things out now” and that “we’re starting to think about what kind of artists we each want to be remembered by our fans”.

“I think that’s why we’re going through a rough patch right now, we’re trying to find our identity and that’s an exhausting and long process,” he said.

By the end of the dinner, several of the members of the group behind songs such as Dynamite and Butter grew tearful as they thanked their supporters.

J-Hope, 28, said the group “should spend some time apart to learn how to be one again”.

“I hope you don’t see this is a negative thing,” the artist implored fans. “And see that it’s a healthy plan.”

Suga clarified that this wasn’t a break-up: “It’s not that we’re disbanding – we’re just living apart for a while.”

Jungkook, 24, added that “we promise we will return someday even more mature than we are now”, and asked for the “blessing” of fans.

BTS has said they were going on short breaks before, first in 2019 and later in December 2021.

The news comes just days after the group released Proof, an anthology album that included a new single, Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment).

J-Hope said that time apart could help BTS “become a stronger group,” and that the time was “important ... for BTS’ second chapter.”

“I hope all our members stay healthy while they spend time on our own,” added the singer, who is slated to headline Chicago’s Lollapalooza on his own later this summer.

BTS’s label enjoyed a surge in profits during the pandemic, despite holding fewer concerts. The septet is the first all-South Korean act to reign over Billboard’s US top singles chart, a milestone they achieved with Dynamite, the first BTS song sung completely in English.

They are also one of few acts since The Beatles to release four albums that hit number one in the US in less than two years. The group has twice been nominated for a Grammy but has yet to win.

BTS recently made headlines for visiting the White House to deliver a message to Joe Biden on the fight against anti-Asian racism.

The floppy-haired stars, dressed in matching dark suits and ties with white shirts, joined White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre at the briefing room podium before meeting Biden.

Suga appealed for tolerance, saying, “it’s not wrong to be different. I think equality begins when we open up and embrace all of our differences.”

The White House praised BTS as “youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world”.

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