It is not the first creative break that the currently biggest stars of Korean pop music are treating themselves to. But this time it seems to last longer. There is also talk of exhaustion.
the essentials in brief
- The seven members of South Korean boy band BTS want to take a break as a group and instead focus on solo projects for the time being.
The popular boy band announced the indefinite break in a YouTube video that they show at their annual “Festa” dinner on the band’s founding day.
The band is now taking “a break,” announced the 29-year-old rapper Suga. He always thought that BTS was different from other bands, said RM (27), who is also considered a band leader. “But I didn’t know what kind of band we were anymore.”
fans are disappointed
The announcement came as a surprise to many fans, who commented on the video, some sad but also appreciative of the decision made by RM, J-Hope, Jimin, Jin, Jungkook, Suga and V. “We promise we’ll be back one day said the 24-year-old Jungkook.
The joint dinner took place on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the founding of BTS. The band had stormed the charts with hits like “Dynamite” and “Permission to Dance”. At the American Music Awards in November 2021, the pop stars scooped up three trophies, including the grand prize for artist of the year.
“The K-pop idol system doesn’t give you time to mature,” RM said. “You don’t have time to keep growing because you still have to produce something.” His colleague Jimin (26) also spoke of “exhaustion”. The interpreters of Korean pop music are referred to as “idols”.
Biggest Stars of K-Pop
BTS are considered to be the biggest stars in the K-Pop industry right now. According to RM, he and his colleagues want to present solo albums first. Jin, 29, also expressed interest in pursuing an acting career.
The BTS management had already announced a short break for the musicians in December. It was the first time since the band debuted in 2013 that the seven singers would spend the holiday season with their families, it was said at the time. During the break, BTS wanted to prepare for concerts and a new album that should herald a “new chapter”. The boy band recently released their anthology album “Proof”, which includes the new single “Yet To Come (The Most Beautiful Moment)”.
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